Cape Town – The crime statistics released today show that South Africa is continuing to lose the battle against rising criminality.
This is the view of the Institute of Race Relations, which believes "only innovative solutions will help us to gain ground against criminals and reduce the grave threat they pose to every South African family".
Commenting on the release of the 2018/19 crime statistics on Thursday, the IRR noted that the number of murders has increased to over 21 000, a level last seen in the early 2000s.
It highlighted that since the end of apartheid, about 500 000 South Africans have been murdered and about 1 million people have been raped.
"It is clear that South Africa is losing the war on crime, and that the old ways of doing things are not working.