Two events last week painted a vivid, if depressing, picture of just how lost SA seems to be. First, on Thursday, police minister Bheki Cele released the 2018/2019 national crime statistics — a grim portrait of a society under siege.It revealed that 21,000 people were murdered in that year, an average of almost 58 a day. There were 52,420 reports of sexual offences, about 41,500 of them rape. That’s more than 110 rapes reported each day in the year from April 2018. And, given the underreporting of sexual violence, you just know it’s the tip of the iceberg.It was awful right the way down the line: there were 171,000 cases of assault with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm (468 a day); 140,000 cases of robbery with aggravating circumstances (383 a day); and 51,700 of "common robbery" — a garden-variety crime in SA. All the figures in these crime categories had increased.Then, on Friday, hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Sandton to raise their voices against gender-base...

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