Police Minister Bheki Cele revealed that in the period from April 1 to June 30 the 5 760 murdered people made for a 66.2% increase in the country’s murder rate. Picture: Oupa Mokoena/African News Agency (ANA)
Police Minister Bheki Cele revealed that in the period from April 1 to June 30 the 5 760 murdered people made for a 66.2% increase in the country’s murder rate. Picture: Oupa Mokoena/African News Agency (ANA)

Crime spiralling out of control in SA as unemployment rate keeps rising

By Chulumanco Mahamba Time of article published Aug 27, 2021

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Johannesburg - President Cyril Ramaphosa’s leadership has been marred with numerous scandals and instability for the country.

Statistics SA this week showed that the jobless rate has increased to a new record high of 34.4% in the second quarter of 2021.

The rate of unemployment in South Africa could threaten the expected economic rebound this year after it worsened due to more than 500 days of the national lockdown.

Consumers are feeling the pinch following a record high petrol price hike early this month.

Crime in the country is spiralling out of control.

In shocking statistics, Police Minister Bheki Cele revealed that in the period from April 1 to June 30 the 5 760 murdered people made for a 66.2% increase in the country’s murder rate. South Africa appears to be losing in the battle to fight against gender-based violence and femicide.

Cele revealed that 10 000 women were raped during the same period.

The alleged murder of Nosicelo Mtebeni, 23, a law student at the University of Fort Hare has become the latest incident of femicide to rock the country after she was murdered and dismembered last week.

Last month, the country was thrown into chaos when unrest and looting erupted across Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, following the incarceration of former president Jacob Zuma.

High standing people within the government, including former health minister Zweli Mkhize and Khusela Diko, the spokesperson for President Cyril Ramaphosa have been implicated in Covid-19 corruption.

ANC staff members at Luthuli House downed tools on Thursday in a bid to exert pressure on the party for unpaid salaries following repeated challenges of late payments.

The strike is happening two months before the upcoming local government elections in October, if the Constitutional Court does not rule in favour of postponing the polls until February next year.

The Star

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