A leading research group on Wednesday said the crime statistics released by the police prove the country was losing the war against crime, and murder in particular.
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The Institute of Race Relations (IRR) said that 485 187 people had been killed since 1994 was proof that the state was failing in its duty to protect citizens.
“This sum of nearly half a million people murdered in just 24 years means that, on average, 20 000 people have been killed each year,” read a statement.
According to the police, the murder rate had gone up from 30,1 per 100 000 people in 2011/12 to 35.2 per 100 000 in 2017/18, or by 17%.
“The actual number of murder cases also went up. In 2011/12, 15 554 murders were reported compared to 20 336 in 2017/18, an increase of 31%.”
IRR analyst Gerbrandt van Heerden said that even though murders had dropped almost by half since 1994, from 67 per 100 000 people to to 35.2 per 100 000 in 2017/18, it remained relatively high.
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He said the murder rate in South Africa was more than 30 times higher than in Australia and France at 1,1 and 1,2 per 100 000 respectively, and eight times higher than in the US at 3,8 per 100 000.
“The state is failing utterly in its duty to protect society and all South Africans are paying an extremely heavy price in the collective trauma visited on so many crime survivors and their families,” he said.
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