South Africa recorded 20,336 murders in the last year, an increase of 1,320 murders compared to the same period the year before, Police Minister Bheki Cele has said.
“This means 57 murders a day. It borders on a war zone,” the visibly angry minister said.
Police records show that murder rates have increased in the past six consecutive years.
Francois Beukman, who heads the police oversight committee in parliament, described the numbers as “alarming and totally unacceptable”.
Admitting that the police haven’t done as well as they should have, Mr Cele said the security officers had “dropped the ball.”
“South Africans must not take it as a norm that they can be hijacked, robbed and killed every day. We have to pick up the ball and change the situation for the better.”
He promised to work hard to change the situation: “Our bottom line is that this situation must reverse,” he said.
The motives and circumstances behind killings range from gangsterism to vigilantism.
South Africa have launched a limited edition of bank notes and gold coins to mark the 100th anniversary on 18 July of the birth of Nelson Mandela.
The South African Reserve Bank said the notes depict key moments of Mandela’s life including his upbringing in rural Eastern Cape as the son of a chief, his 27-year incarceration and the end of apartheid in 1994 when he became president.
The launch forms part of events across the world, which will culminate locally in an annual Mandela Day lecture by former US president Barack Obama next week.
Mandela died in 2013 aged 95.
The gold coin was designed by Zimbabwe-born Sindiso Nyoni.
“Growing up and living most of my life under a dictatorship, we were not able to experience this feeling of democracy that South Africans have,” he is quoted as saying by Reuters news agency.
At the Wimbledon tennis championships, South Africa’s number eight seed Kevin Anderson has made it into the last 16 with a straight sets (6-3, 7-5, 7-5) win over Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber – who was seeded number 25.
Anderson will face France’s former top-10 player Gael Monfils after he beat 11th seed Sam Querrey three sets to one.
One of former South African President Jacob Zuma’s sons has died.
Vusi Nhlakanipho Zuma, who was born in 1993, was the youngest son of Mr Zuma and his late wife Kate Mantsho.
He died on Sunday night after a short illness, reports say.
A source close to the former president told the BBC that Mr Zuma was “very distraught over the passing of his son”.
Vukile Mathabela, the media liaison for the 76-year-old former head of state at the presidency, confirmed the news of the death to local media outlet News24. He also said that details would be released later today, once a family spokesperson is appointed.
US civil rights activist Jesse Jackson posted his condolences on Twitter, saying that he is “sending prayers” to the Zuma family.
A South African woman is recovering in hospital after being discovered alive in a mortuary fridge.
The woman was taken to Carletonville morgue, in Gauteng province, having been declared dead by paramedics following a road accident.
Ambulance companyDistress Alert said she had shown “no form of life”,South Africa’s TimesLive website reports.
But when a morgue worker returned to check on the body in the fridge, he found the woman was breathing.
An official has confirmed to the BBC the woman is now being treated in hospital after being referred by forensics officers. She has not been named.
An investigation into the incident is being carried out, but Distress Alert operations manager Gerrit Bradnick said there was “no proof of any negligence” on his company’s behalf.
Mr Bradnick told TimesSelect she was one of several people involved in a car accident which left two others dead on Sunday, 24 June.
German car manufacturer Mercedes Benz says it is expanding its production operations in South Africa by investing 10bn rand ($700m; £529m) to “equip it for the future”.
The plant in the coastal city of East London currently employs 3,300 people, most of whom work in passenger vehicle production. It was first opened in 1958, and in 2017 the plant’s production volume reached 110,000 vehicles.
“We are hoping that this investment here will lead to further investments by components manufacturers – we estimate that will bring a further 2bn rand investment,” said South Africa’s trade minister Rob Davies.
President Cyril Ramaphosa said he wanted the announcement to send a signal to other international investors that “South Africa is capable of delivering efficiency.”
Source: Morning Call
Organisers of a junior surf competition in South Africa have been accused of sexism after discrepancies in the prize money awarded to the male and female winners.
Rio Waida and Zoe Steyn claimed first place in the boys’ and girls’ 2018 Billabong Junior Series Ballito Pro event on Sunday.
A photograph of the pair posing with their winners’ cheques has drawn waves of criticism online, as Rio is shown to have won double Zoe’s prize.
The photograph, which was posted to the competition’s Facebook page, has been shared widely – and sparked discussion about gender equality.
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