South Africa’s Murder Rate Hits 20-Year High Amid Surging Violent Crime

South Africa is currently experiencing a significant rise in violent crime, with the murder rate reaching its highest point in 20 years. The latest annual statistics reveal that over 27,000 people have been killed over a 12-month period. Despite the alarming increase in such crimes, the rate of murder cases successfully solved is as low as 12%. The security industry, often the target of brazen heists, finds itself under constant threat. Daniel deimon reports from Johannesburg on the challenges faced by security personnel and the efforts being made to combat the escalating violence.

  • South Africa’s murder rate has hit a 20-year high, with a 77% increase since 2012.
  • More than 27,000 people were killed in South Africa over the latest 12-month period reported.
  • The proportion of murders solved has fallen to just 12%.
  • Cash-in-transit heists are frequent, with organized and heavily armed groups targeting security vans.
  • Private security officers now outnumber police in South Africa, with many citizens relying on them for protection.
  • Thousands of new police officers are being recruited in an election year that is the most competitive since the end of apartheid.
  • Despite the increase in recruitment, the overwhelming wave of violent crime poses a significant challenge to reducing the rates of murder and other violent offenses.

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