Murder rate shocker

A security guard was killed following tablets delivery at a school in Cosmo City.

South Africa’s murder rate has increased.

According to statistics, 47 people are killed in the country every day compared to 45 in the 2012/13 financial year.

DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Community Safety Kate Lorimer said lack of resources contributes to the country’s murder rates.

“Part of the problem is that there are not enough police vehicles operating 24/7,” Lorimer said.

“We need more resources, and police need to be trained, so that people can rely on them for safety,” she said.

When we contacted SAPS, both provincial and national spokespersons refused to give a clear comment.

Here are some of the murder cases that made headlines recently :

Former police captain murdered in Linden.

A 53-year-old former cop was murdered in front of his wife and son in his Linden home in the early hours of 17 February.

The man and his wife and 13-year-old son were attacked by three armed men in their home on 7th Street at 3am while they slept.

Husband shoots wife in front of three-year-old daughter in Weltevreden Park.

The VitalMed Emergency Services responded to a shooting on 3 February at a residential complex on the corner of JG Strydom and Springhaas roads in Weltevreden Park, where they found a couple in a pool of blood.

Man killed in Fairland Centre Robbery.

Beagle Watch Armed Response officers shot and killed a man on the corner of 14th Avenue and Johannes Street in Fairland on 1 November.

This was as a result of an altercation between Beagle Watch officers and an unconfirmed number of suspects who robbed Pizza Del Forno.

Burned body found in Zandspruit.

A burned body was found in Zandspruit informal settlement. Residents on the scene claimed that the legs of the deceased where tied and they noticed visible head injuries.

Couple strangled in Bryanston.

A couple was allegedly strangled to death at their home in Bryanston on 16 January and their Audi A3 was stolen.

Tablet delivery leads to guard’s death.

Five gun shots claimed the life of a security guard who was on night duty at the school on 20 March.


Jeanette Chabalala
Metro/ Sport Journalist

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