About 500,000 People Have Been Murdered In SA Since Democracy


Almost half a million people have been murdered in SA since Nelson Mandela completed his long walk to freedom and Mzansi became a Democratic nation.

This is according to the Institute of Race Relations’ (IRR) 2017 South African Survey.

The survey stated that South Africa has witnessed about 445,835 murders between April 1994 and March 2016.

But then, specified that fewer murders are being currently recorded compared to the early days of democracy.

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For instance, a total of 25,965 murders were recorded in the 1994/1995 financial year. This was tantamount to about 71 murders for each day.

Nevertheless, for the 2015/2016 financial year, the estimate was at 51 killings pre day, placing the total number of murders for the financial year at near 19,000.

The report further revealed that the 1995/1996 financial year has the worst murder record. South Africa witnessed a total number of 26,877 killings.

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Meanwhile, the country’s latest crime stats released in February 2017 showed that there have been 116 more murders between the first half of 2015/16 and 2016/17 nationally.

From our gatherings, the IRR survey utilised data issued by the South African Police Service.

Reporting this, Times Live related that IRR’s crime analyst Kerwin Lebone, indicated that South Africa’s murder rate, despite the fact that fewer murders are being currently recorded, is high when compared with that of other countries.

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According to the analyst, South Africans are more likely to be murdered than the residents of many terror-affected countries.

“South Africans live with horrific levels of violent crime. While the murder rate has fallen since 1994‚ at 31.9 per 100 000 people‚ it remains one of the highest in the world,” Lebone remarked.