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This means fifty-seven people are being killed across the country on a daily basis. It borders close to the war zone, while there is a peace.

Police minister Bheki Cele will from Thursday host a two-day national crime prevention summit.

'South Africans must not take it as a norm that they can be hijacked, robbed and killed every day.

"The increases were significant, with a 132% increase in crimes detected through police action for these categories over the past 10 financial years with the number of detected crimes rising from 186‚988 for these specific categories to 433‚966", said Zinn.

The deadliest place in KwaZulu-Natal is Umlazi, where the murder rate increase by 19.3 per cent.

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

Sitole also revealed that there was a "deficit" of 62 000 SA Police Service (SAPS) members.

The rest of the stations in the Western Cape where the most murder cases were reported include Phillipi East (205), Delft (195), Khayelitsha (192), Kraaifontein (186), Gugulethu (182), Mfuleni (157), Harare (142) and Mitchells Plain (140). We have to pick up the ball and change the situation for the better'.

Fortunately, incidents of murder and attempted murder decreased by 50 and 8.8 per cent in the Mariannhill community. One needs to probe if the police's detection rate is really having an impact and actually preventing crimes, such as robbery‚ or whether the cops are simply focusing more on crimes they can easily prevent.

"However, we welcome the fresh approach of the new top leadership of the police to recognise and tackle this problem".


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