Crime surge continues – In SA 6 times more likely to be murdered than in US

By Kevin Crowley

(Bloomberg) — Murders, house robberies and car hijackings climbed last year in South Africa’s most-populous province, according to lobby group AfriForum.

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The murder rate in Gauteng, which includes Johannesburg and Pretoria, climbed 10.2 percent to 2,965 from April 2014 to January 2015, compared with the same period a year earlier, the group that focuses on protecting the rights of Afrikaners said by e-mail, citing the police’s crime statistics for the province. House robberies and car hijackings both increased 14.4 percent, attempted murders rose 9.3 percent and truck hijackings climbed 55 percent.

South African Police Service spokesman Lungelo Dlamini declined to comment on AfriForum’s statement when contacted by phone. National crime figures for the full year through March 2015 are scheduled to be released later on Tuesday.

While South Africa’s murder rate has dropped by about half since 1995, a year after apartheid ended, it remained among the highest in the world at 32.2 per 100,000 people in the year to March 2014. The U.S. has a murder rate of 4.8 per 100,000 people.

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