CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua) --
South Africa is among the countries that
has the highest murder rate in the world, with 57 murders
reported every day, Police Minister Bheki Cele said on Tuesday.
Releasing his annual
report on crime statistics in Parliament, Cele said 20,336
people were murdered in South Africa in the period from April 1,
2017 to April 31, 2018, up 6.9 percent from the 19,016 murders
reported in the previous corresponding period.
Of these murdered
victims, 3,915 were women and children, the statistics show.
Among the nine
provinces, the Western Cape has the highest reported murder
rate, to be followed by KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape. Seven of
the top 10 police stations for murder cases are in the Western
Cape where gang-related crimes are high. The province reported
808 gang-related murders in the period surveyed.
Firearms were used
in almost half of all murders, to be followed by knives, sharp
instruments and other unknown items.
Among other crimes,
robbery of cash-in-transit vans also saw a sharp increase in the
period surveyed, increasing by 86 counts, from 152 to 238, with
most robberies happening on the roads and in business areas, and
40 in spaza shops and malls. In most instances, security guards’
weapons were taken from them.
Rape has increased
by 0.5 percent, or by seven more people per day meaning that 109
people are raped every day in South Africa.
burglaries have decreased by 7.5 percent, this still means that
625 homes are burgled every day in South Africa.
“This situation must
be reversed with lightning speed. The worst thing we can do is
come and give the same or worse statistics next year,” Cele said
at a press conference after releasing the report.
He said South
Africans should not have to adapt to dangerous conditions or
“take it as a norm that when on the road, you must be hijacked,
or when at home, someone must break in and terrorize you and
It looks as if that
South Africans are living in a war zone, when there is peace and
no war in the country, Cele said.
But Cele rejected
the notion that the country has been plunged into a state of
“We haven’t reached
a state of lawlessness in South Africa and we won’t,” he said.
“I think our
emphasis should be on what ought to be done rather than the
crime statistics, which doesn’t give any joy,” the minister
In response to the
report, the opposition Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) called for
the reinstatement of capital punishment.
state of crime in our country, particularly in regards to the
murder rate is reason enough to get South Africans talking about
the reinstatement of the capital punishment,” said Narend Singh,
a Member of Parliament from the IFP.
Chairperson of Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Police said,
“What is quite important to note is that the murder increase of
6.9 percent is really alarming and totally unacceptable...
violent crime is indeed a clear and present danger to all South
Alliance (DA) said the government led by the African National
Congress (ANC) “is losing the battle to keep South Africans
The DA attributed
the high crime rates to the inability of the South African
Police Service (SAPS) which it said “is severely
under-resourced, under-staffed, under-trained and
South African GDP forecast
faces dowside risks: Finance Minister
JOHANNESBURG South Africa (Xinhua) --
South Africa is currently bedeviled by a myriad
of local and international pressures which threaten the
country’s economic growth forecast rate of 1.5 percent this
year, said the Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene on Monday.
Nene said this while
speaking at inaugural Thought Leadership Conference hosted by
the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) in Johannesburg.
“The outlook for the
economy remains fragile. The contraction in gross domestic
product growth in the second quarter of 2018 and the downward
revision to the first quarter data pose significant downside
risks to national treasury’s projection of 1.5 percent growth
presented in February,” said Nene.
He pointed out that
South Africa is facing subdued business confidence, weak
activity in the supply-side of the economy and various headwinds
to household spending.
He stated that the
country needs economic growth of over 5 percent to meet the
demands of the over 57 million people with an unemployment rate
of over 27 percent.
Nene said, “Low
growth may threaten the overall long-term potential growth rate
of the economy if it translates into the inability of a country
to implement critical growth-enhancing interventions such as
productive infrastructure investment or improving quality
education and skills training.”
government pays over 17 million people in social grants (old
age, children and disability). The low growth rate is making it
difficult to meet those obligations and the overall
progressivity of tax and fiscal policy, said Nene.
He also observed
that the weak growth limits the ability to enact
counter-cyclical fiscal and tax policy, which could otherwise be
deployed as an additional measure to boost aggregate demand.
tensions and tightening financial conditions have introduced
downside risks to the global growth outlook,” Nene said. “In
addition, a mix of idiosyncratic challenges in several emerging
market economies and broader fears of a deteriorating global
environment for trade and dollar funding has impacted countries
such as South Africa.”
He explained that
South Africa is still heavily reliant on foreign savings to
finance the current account deficit as the domestic funding is
not sufficient to meets its demand.
South Africa business
confidence index continues to decline
JOHANNESBURG South Africa (Xinhua) --
The business confidence in the country continues
to declines in the last three quarters of 2018, said Rand
Merchant bank (RMB) on Tuesday.
The bank released
the RMB/Bureau of Economic Research (BER) business confidence
for the third quarter in 2018 on Tuesday in Johannesburg. The
report showed that the business confidence index (BCI) and
activity continues to weaken. At the first quarter of the year,
the index was 45 before falling to 39 in the second quarter and
38 in the third one.
South African business landscape continues to weaken, with more
sectors showing signs of strain. While confidence hasn’t (yet)
fallen to the levels observed during the previous (and severe)
recession of 2009, we remain deeply concerned about the
prospects,” said Ettienne Le Roux, chief economist at RMB.
A total of 1,700
business people in the five sectors which are manufacturing,
wholesale, retail, new vehicle trade and building and
construction were surveyed during the month ending September 6,
2018. The RMB stated that in the third quarter there were some
fears of inflation and high interest rates.
They also stated
that the rand fell to over R15/U.S. dollar because of trade
tensions between the U.S. and Turkey. The report also observed
that there is a renewed disillusionment about the broad policy
direction the country is taking.
“It goes without
saying, the political and policy factors weighing down on
business confidence (such as the government’s land reform plans)
must be resolved to produce impetus for an increase in
sentiment. This is especially the case now that global headwinds
are mounting, domestic public finances are stretched and
monetary policy is facing rising inflation risks,” Le Roux said.
Le Roux also said,
“Given the historically tight relationship between the RMB/BER
BCI and real GDP growth, the renewed downward trend in
confidence is disconcerting. On past form, it points to economic
growth weakening even further after already slowing from 1.4
percent year-on-year in the first quarter to 0.5 percent in the
South Africa recession will
have negative repercussion: Finance Minister
JOHANNESBURG South Africa (Xinhua) --
South African Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene on
Monday said the falling of the country into technical recession
will have negative consequences in the country, including low
He was speaking at
the 2018 Tax Indaba in Johannesburg.
Last week Statistics
South Africa announced that the country is on technical
recession following the gross domestic product (GDP) contraction
by 0.7 percent in the second quarter this year.
collections have serious consequences and can impact everyone,
whether it be through lower expenditures on education or health,
or through increases in tax rates to make up for shortfall,”
Nene said. “The ability of a government to borrow at reasonable
interest rates is also dependent on its ability to collect
He warned that any
under-performance in our tax revenues will have wide
repercussions. Tax collection have declined in South Africa in
the last two fiscal years. The government had to raise income
tax rates, taxes on capital gains and dividends and subsequently
raised the value-added tax rate.
He warned against
corruption and called for good governance and ethical