Bheki Cele vows SAPS will work hard to halve violent crime over next ten years

By Chanice Jennike - 13 September 2019Views : 780

Police Minister Bheki Cele has vowed to halve violent crime over the next ten years. 

Cele's statement comes after the release of the latest annual crime stats which showed that violent crimes and murder had significantly worsened.

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Police management are expected back in Parliament next week to explain what measures will be taken in a bid to decrease the violent crime.  

The crime stats showed that in South Africa over 21 000 murders were recorded between April 2018 and March this year. 

Cele admitted that the stats are "are not very rosy." 

Major General Norman Sekhukune then revealed that these stats show an increase of 3.4% in the previous period.

Cele said that SAPS will be working hard to ensure that they half violent crime over the next ten years. 

“As a police service, we aim to achieve this goal in the shortest term possible.”

On Friday, women and various civil society groups will march peacefully against sexual, gender-based violence and femicide. The group is expected to protest outside the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. 

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The protest comes one day after crime statistics showed a worrying increase in violent crimes.

The march follows a series of protests under the hashtag #AmINext? following the tragic deaths of women in South Africa.