South Africa Murders Increased 4.9% in 2015-16, Police Say

The number of murders committed in South Africa rose 4.9 percent to 18,673 in the 12 months through March compared with the previous year, the police said.

The number of homicides increased from 17,805, Norman Sekhukhume, head of crime research and statistics at the South Africa Police, said in a presentation to lawmakers in Cape Town. The number of sexual offenses fell 3.25 percent to 51,895 while attempted murder cases rose 3.4 percent to 18,127.

The number of murders in the country is “problematic,” Sekhukhume said. “It happens mostly indoors and among people known to each other.”

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