SA’s high crime rate continued its inexorable rise with the number of murders increasing 10% (696) to 7,585 in the quarter to end-December.

This translates to 12.4 murders per 100,000 of the population, while for attempted murder the number is 11.5 with the total number of attempted murder cases — 7,016 — marking an increase of 1,371 in the quarter. The top five police stations where murder was reported are in the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal...

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