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Crime Stats: Western Cape murders grew by 6.6% in the 2018/19 financial year

6 Western Cape police stations are in the top 10 of where most murders were recorded in the country

The annual crime statistics revealed to members of Parliament today show that Western Cape murders  grew 6.6% from 3,729 in 2017/18 to 3,974 in 2018/19.

The national crime statistics released today are for the period between 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019.

Only Gauteng had more murders recorded during the same period with 4,495.

Nyanga still has the highest murder rate in the country followed by Delft and Khayelitsha police stations which tops the list of the 30 police stations with the highest number of murders reported.

Gugulethu, Philippi East and Harare also make the top 10 on this same list making it 6 Western Cape police stations in the top 10 for murders recorded.

Commenting on the overall statistics presented, Police Minister Bheki Cele said the statistics have proven that the number of murders have drastically increased in the past 6 years.

“This background is important to contextualise the debate of whether we are increasing, maintaining of decreasing in this trend having to focus specifically on murders,” Cele said.

He said therefore, they need to have full appreciation of the task at hand given to this current leadership.

“The reversal of 6 years is a mammoth task, but it is doable,” he said.

More: IOL

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