South Africans are more in danger in their own homes than ever before as police statistics revealed a dramatic increase in most violent crimes.
"We're not happy about the figures. It's a big no that people are dying, that people in their own houses are not safe, that people in their beds are faced with guns," said national police commissioner Bheki Cele in response to a question from The Times at a briefing in Cape Town yesterday.
Although murder was reduced by 3.4%, violent crimes are on the rise for the second consecutive year with police seemingly unable to stop the scourge.
* House robbery rose by 27.3% between April last year and March, compared with 13.5% the previous year;
* Business robbery rose a staggering 41.5% in the financial year ending March, compared with 47.4% the previous year; and
* Car hijackings are up by 5% this financial year compared wi
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