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CAPE TOWN: South Africa’s crime sta­tis­tics for the pe­riod be­tween April 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015 were an­nounced to Par­lia­ment on Tues­day (yesterday), in an over­load of num­bers and per­cent­ages read out by na­tional po­lice com­mis­sioner Gen­eral Riah Phiyega. We’ve picked out the 10 most shock­ing sta­tis­tics.

17 805 peo­ple were mur­dered in the past year. That’s nearly 49 a day – up 4.6% from the pre­vi­ous year.

In KZN alone, 55 peo­ple were mur­dered on Christ­mas Day and 54 on New Year’s Day.

Young peo­ple com­mit­ted a dis­turb­ing 800 crimes in the past year, with 49 mur­ders com­mit­ted by chil­dren un­der 17 years old.

South Africa is no longer just a pit stop on the in­ter­na­tional drug trade high­way – it is a sig­nif­i­cant man­u­fac­turer and con­sumer of drugs.

In the past year, 86 po­lice of­fi­cers were mur­dered and 1 537 were at­tacked. The Western Cape was the most dan­ger­ous place in which to be a po­lice of­fi­cer.

Hun­dreds of po­lice of­fi­cers were moon­light­ing as crim­i­nals them­selves.

The crime that peo­ple fear most is house-break­ing.

South Africans are armed to the teeth.

A whole lot of cash slipped through the cracks of the law.

And most ter­ri­fy­ing of all is the pos­si­bil­ity that the mur­der tally does not even ac­count for all the bod­ies in Gaut­eng mor­tu­ar­ies.



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