Serious crimes such as murder on the increase

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had increased significantly.

The murder rate per 100 000 of the population has increased from 35,8% in 2017/18 to 36,4% in 2018/19. DA police spokesperson Andrew Whitfield said the statistics were a cause for grave concern while DA MP Ockert Terblanche said the murder statistics were “very alarming”.

Maj-Gen Norman Sekhukhune, the national head of crime statistics, noted in his briefing to MPs that there were 686 more murders in 2018 compared to the previous year.

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