56 people killed a day in 'war zone' South Africa

'The police dropped the ball' – Cele on 'war zone' crime stats

LISTEN: 57 South Africans are murdered per day

Murder increased by an astounding 6.9%, and rape by 0.5%.

Driving under the influence of booze or drugs is also up 14.8% while 'drug-related' crimes are up 10.5%.

Nyanga, in the Western Cape, remained the murder capital of the country, with an increase in murders of 9.6%.

The Western Cape and Free State also reported an increase to 3 729 murders (up from 3 311), and 1 054 murders (up from 950) respectively.

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'The figures that always scare me are murder figures, ' he said.

Glencoe was little safer with five murders, two down from previous year, and 12 stocktheft cases.

The stats also revealed that more boys than girls are being murdered in the country.

Over 138 300 cases of robbery with aggravating circumstances were reported.

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Yet in Umlazi, in KwaZulu-Natal, there was an even more sobering increase in murders reported, up by 19.3 % from 187 to 223 murders. In context, though, there were only three reported bank robberies in 2017, compared to 13 in 2018.

"The filings, involving two game farms in the northern province of Limpopo, come as the African National Congress government is seeking to amend the country's constitution to allow outright seizures of land with no compensation".

The SAPS defines farm murders and attacks as "acts of violence against persons residing on, working on or visiting farms and smallholdings with the intent to murder, rape, rob or inflict bodily harm".

In June, Cele announced a specialised task force to prioritise cash-in-transit heists. There were 137 cases in 2015/16, 152 cases in 2016/17 and 238 in 2017/18, said Sekhukhune. Cele dismissed this, and said that this notion needed to be dismantled. "It is the ANC's inability to put the people of South Africa first which means that citizens are not and do not feel safe in their homes and in the streets", said the DA's shadow minister of police Zakhele Mbhele.

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