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70% of murders in South Africa go unsolved

By Mara Ispas

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Innocent lives being wasted
According to the ISS, most murders occur between people who know each other and get into a dispute. In most of these cases, alcohol abuse, and domestic violence played a role.

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Murdered in public view?

Only 30% of murders committed in South Africa are solved, said the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), citing the annual SAPS report on crime.

For example, the 2013/14 SAPS annual report shows that suspects are only detected in 29,6% of murder cases opened by the police.This means that two out of every three murders in South Africa are not solved by the police.It is also important to recognise that in most countries, including developed countries such as America, Canada, England and Australia, a large proportion of murders are unsolved.In the US, one in three murders is never solved. Only if there is hard evidence linking an individual to a murder can the police solve the case.If a body is found and there are no witnesses or any indication of who committed the murder, it can be very difficult for the police to identify a suspect

said the ISS head of governance, crime and justice division Gareth Newham.

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South African government also murders its people?

Newham said police also don’t include statistics on the number of cold cases in their annual report.

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2013/14 report from Africacheck.org

He added that most murders occur between people who know each other and get into a dispute. In most of these cases, alcohol abuse, and domestic violence played a role.

“For South Africa to sustainably reduce its murder rate, it will require more focus on ensuring that our children and young people are not exposed to violence in their homes, communities or schools. Reducing our murder rate is, therefore, not something that the police can do on their own. Other government departments will also have to play a role,”

said Newham.

 

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