South Africa records over 18,000 murders in 12 months

Norman Sekhukhune, South African Head of the Police Crime Research, on Friday in Johannesburg told the parliament that the number of murders committed in South Africa between April 2015 and March 2016 rose to 18,673. He described this as an increase of nearly 5 per cent compared to the same period last year, as the figure suggested that an average of 51 people were murdered daily in the country during the period. Sekhukhune said that the murder rate in South Africa, which has one of Africa’s highest crime rates, has increased by 20 per cent over the past four years.