South Africa ‘a country at war’ as murder rate soars to nearly 49 a day

A total of 17,805 murders were committed from April 2014 to March 2015 as authorities struggle to stem violent crime

South Africa’s murder rate has jumped 4.6% in the past year, with almost 49 people killed every day.

A total of 17,805 murders were committed from April 2014 to March 2015, an increase of 782 deaths from the year before in a population of 54 million.

The government admitted authorities were struggling to tackle the problem, but said the 10-year trend showed a decline in overall crime. Opposition parties and analysts criticised the numbers and said there was a lack of clear strategy to bring crime under control.

The murder figures, which have risen each year from a low of 15,554 in 2011-12, reflect a reversal of what many had hoped was a long-term progress in reducing violent crime.

“17,805 is a number I would expect from a country at war,” said Dianne Kohler Barnard, shadow police minister of the main opposition, Democratic Alliance.

Armed robberies, carjackings and burglaries also increased, showing the country “lacks clear strategies to reverse this dangerous trend”, Gareth Newham, of the Institute for Security Studies thinktank, said.

“That robberies have increased raises questions about the extent to which police resources are being effectively used. With some of the best technology in the world, and more than 194,000 personnel, the South African police service should be better able to reduce crimes such as robbery.”

The police minister said South Africa needed “to tackle the violence within our communities”. “To think we can resolve the issue of murder on our own is effectively just hallucination in a sense, because it’s a social problem. It’s a problem that’s got to be tackled at the level of family units,” Nathi Nhleko said.

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Reported sexual offences, assaults and car thefts decreased. The fall in numbers of rape and other forms of sexual violence by 5.4% could mean that victims did not trust the police enough to report these crimes, Kohler Barnard said.

More than 50,000 sexual offences were reported to South African police last year, but the number of sexual victims willing to report these crimes has dropped by 21% from 2011 to 2014, according to a national survey on victims of crime, carried out by Statistics South Africa, a government agency.

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  1. Unlike countries like India where the Police do not record crimes, or cover them up skilfully unless media or VIP attention forces the semblance of activity, South African Police still record crimes. The murder record is far better than their rape record:

      • South Africa is India in fast forward. They have adopted India’ grotesque policy of discrimination, in law, by race and birth in employment, promotion and educational opportunities. Those the Republic of South Africa favoured in law, thanks to the African National Congress’ prolonged boycott of education, lacked even the very bare education and skills of India’s so called “backwards”. India’s “backwards” ran British India after 1921 to destroy Brahmanism in order to eradicate Hinduism. They formed part of the Cambridge, Columbia, Elphinstone and Presidency educated elite of India who, without any knowledge at all of Indian History, tradition and culture, step fathered the Indian Republic with a “Constitution” plagiarized from the Government of India Act (1935) to which they added juicy elements borrowed from George Orwell’s “Animal Farm”. They were favoured by the Periyar-Ambedkar-Nehru-Gandhi-Communist Consensus after 1947 in line with the strongly entrenched British mythology created to shatter India into a million pieces. In South Africa, this “Social Engineering” disregard for competence and integrity has resulted in institutions such as Courts, the Central Bank, the Police and others that are corroding faster and are more incompetent and corrupt than even India’s. I saw this evolving with my own eyes during frequent visits to Johannesburg and Pretoria from June 1995 to December 1999. Things were quite clean when I first visited. But I saw the pot holes and garbage appear on the N-1 and Jalopies driving in the wrong lane making the speeds at which I used to drive on the N-1 (The autobahn betwixt Johannesburg and Pretoria) in 1995 impossible by 1997. I saw young, smart, white officers saluting pot bellied, “heavily” over placed blacks who either didn’t know or couldn’t be bothered to salute back. Simultaneously, violent crime began to sky rocket along with racial prejudices becoming accentuated by the unfairness of policy. Corruption became a sine qua non of public life. Something that was winked at as part of the great “equality” project. Forgiveness mandated by “political correctness”. Just as in India. Another of those Banana Republics thaumaturged with incessant regularly since 1947 to make up the “British Commonwealth”. But, South Africa was a late comer, anxious and able, as I personally witnessed, to make up for fifty years of reservations (reverse discrimination), corruption (extortion) and misrule in just five.

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