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Murders of Women and Children 2017/2018

A total of 20,336 people were killed in the 12 months to March this year, up from 19,016 the previous year.

A further breakdown of the data showed that murders of women and children have also increased, accounting for just under 20% of all murders. "And there is no war in South Africa", Police Minister Bheki Cele told lawmakers in Cape Town. "So I'm not really surprised", de Haas said.

Gauteng was the highest contributing province in farm murders followed by the North West and Limpopo, according to the 2017/18 crime statistics released in parliament today.

Francois Beukman, who heads the police oversight committee in parliament, described the numbers as "alarming and totally unacceptable".

Furthermore, taxi-related violence contributed more than 200 killings to the national murder rate, with Gauteng recording the highest figure.

There were eight each in Mpumalanga and Free State, seven in KwaZulu-Natal, and three each in the Eastern Cape, Northern Cape and Western Cape.

The statistics included details that there were 62 "farm murders" in the previous year - a racially sensitive issue in South Africa, where some white farmers say they face a wave of deadly attacks trying to force them off their land.

South African police say a man with a knife fatally stabbed two people and wounded several others at a mosque near Cape Town before police shot and killed the attacker.

The question is, he said: "How do we collectively pick up the ball, change the game plan and re-position the police?"

Attacks on cash-transporting security vehicles rose sharply by 56.6 per cent to 238 cases. In Dundee, 17 murders were reported over the period (2017/2018 financial year) an increase of two cases.

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