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Slowing murder rate no reason to celebrate

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South Africans are living in an increasingly violent country, despite the fact that the crime figures released today show a slight slowing in the murder rate, and all experts agree that targeted interventions are needed to address the issue.


31 Jul 2020
PREMIUM!
Slowing murder rate no reason to celebrate

31 July 2020 - Police Minister General Bheki Cele at the release of the annual crime statistics 2019/2020 hosted in Pretoria, Gauteng, on Friday | Image: Supplied GCIS

South Africans live in an increasingly violent environment, despite signs of a slow-down in the murder rate, experts have noted following the announcement of annual crime statistics on Friday morning. The murder rate continued its incline, although it was beginning to slow down, noted crime expert at the Institute of Security Studies Dr Johan Burger. The murder rate was statistically slowing to a point where Burger could foresee the numbers begin to plateau in the next few years, but this did not take away from the fact that violent crimes were not showing signs of slowing, and it was these...

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