Admitting that the police haven't done as well as they should have, Mr Cele said the security officers had "dropped the ball". That's what the latest crime statistics seem to suggest.
Murders of women spiked by 11% with 2930 murders reported in 2017-2018 compared with 2639 in the previous period.
It comes hard on the heels of bleak crime statistics released on Tuesday‚ indicating that serious crimes‚ including murder‚ attempted murder and sexual offences‚ were increasing.
Yet in Umlazi, in KwaZulu-Natal, there was an even more sobering increase in murders reported, up by 19.3 % from 187 to 223 murders.
The crime statistics for the 2017/2018 period have revealed the murder rate nationally - was up almost 7%. The statistic puts Nyanga at the top of the list nationwide.
Eleven incidents were reported on Gauteng farms‚ including a dozen murders.
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Asked about the discrepancies in heists‚ and questions by criminologists over the figures of certain crimes‚ police spokesperson Brig Vish Naidoo‚ said their data is accurate and is based on what was reported to parliament's portfolio committee on police.
Other stations in the province include Inanda (203), followed by KwaMashu East (123), Plessislaer (104), Mariannhill (96) and Mpumalanga KZN (90).
"Sixty-two individuals were murdered during 58 attacks on farms and small holdings".
Sekhukhune said overall, the North West province experienced a 3.2%, or 1 121 cases, in contact crimes.
Over 138 300 cases of robbery with aggravating circumstances were reported.
According to Sekhukhune, the Northern Cape was the only province which recorded no taxi-related murders.