Agence France-PresseSeptember 19, 2013 05:20
After years of decreasing crime, South Africa is grappling with a rise in murders, home burglaries and car hijackings, the police minister said Thursday.
For the first time in nine years, the number of murders has increased, by 0.6 percent in the year to April, minister Nathi Mthethwa said, announcing annual statistics.
A total of 16,259 murders occurred, or close to 45 murders a day.
South Africa has gained a reputation as one of the most violent countries in the world, with murder, rape, robbery and carjacking widespread.