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South African Murders Increase to Highest Level in a Decade

  • Number of homicides rose 3.4% to 21,022 in year through March
  • Women, foreign migrants targeted in recent wave of attacks
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The number of murders in South Africa climbed to the highest level in at least a decade as an overburdened police force struggled to keep violent crime in check.

The number of homicides rose by 3.4% to 21,022 in the 12 months through March -- an average of almost 58 a day -- the police service said in its annual crime statistics report released in parliament in Cape Town on Thursday. The murder rate rose to 36.4 per 100,000 people, from 35.4 in the previous year. The rate is more than six times higher than that of the U.S.