September 3rd, 2016 – “We South Africans Are Violent People” – SA Police Minister Nathi Nhleko Tells Journalists
South Africa’s murder rate increased by 4.9 percent in the last year, official statistics showed Friday, with the police minister admitting the country was struggling with “a prevalent culture of violence”.
A total of 18,673 people were killed in the 12 months to March — 51 people every day — up from 17,805 in the previous year.
Police Minister Nathi Nhleko said the sharp increase was largely down to domestic violence and alcohol abuse.
“What it says about us South Africans is that we are violent, we have a prevalent culture of violence,” he told journalists.
“It’s not about what the government can do, it’s about what we can (all) do. It’s a huge societal issue that we have to deal with.”
Officials said most murders occurred indoors, in urban areas and involved people known to each other.
The latest figures reveal that South Africa’s murder rate has risen by nearly 20 percent in four years.
The high crime rate is seen as hampering the country’s social cohesion, economic growth and international reputation — especially as a tourist destination.