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Crime stats: 49 people murdered a day in SA

There has been a recorded upward trend in violent crimes in South Africa.

It has been confirmed by the SAPS and the police ministry that the murder rate increased by 4.6% percent during the last police financial year (from 47 to 49 a day). In Gauteng alone, the number of murders increased by 10%.

EWN's Gaye Davis spoke to 702/Cape Talk's Stephen Grootes about this report from Parliament. ISS senior researcher Gareth Newham weighed in on the alarming figures, saying that the crimes were largely organised and could be dealt with if police used better crime intelligence.

Listen to the conversation below:

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko and National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega were both at the Parliamentary portfolio committee meeting where the crime stats were announced. Stats SA helped police crunch the numbers and Statistician-General Pali Lehohla gave the stats the all clear, saying the figures complied with quality standards.

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