20,336 murders recorded in South Africa from 2017 to 2018 - Police minister

20,336 murders recorded in South Africa from 2017 to 2018 - Police minister

- South Africa government has released the number of murder cases recorded between 2016 and 2018

- Bheki Cele, the country minister of police placed the alarming figure at 20,336 within the period

- Cele also revealed that forced sexual affair was up by 0.5%, with 40,035 recorded instances compared to 39,828 in 2017

South African minister of police, Bheki Cele, said that 20,336 murders were recorded in the country from 2017 to 2018 period, adding that “South Africa is close to being a war zone’, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

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NAN reports that 19,016 murders were recorded between April 2016 to March 2017. Presenting the statistics, Cele said: “never again can we come here to give such statistics. “It cannot be that South Africans are put under such fear, such stress and such murder.’’

He said murders of women and children had also increased. Cele also said forced sexual affair was up by 0.5%, with 40,035 recorded instances compared to 39,828 in 2017.

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South Africa is known internationally for its violent crime, but annual statistics are often disputed, especially figures of forced sexual affairs.

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that the death toll of Nigerians killed in South Africa had continued to climb with two young Nigerians being the latest victims.

The latest killing brought the number of Nigerians killed in the former apartheid enclave since February 2016, to 118. Up to 800,000 Nigerians, mostly young people, reside in South Africa, according to unofficial estimates.

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