Outrage at shoot-to-kill call

Opposition criticises South African minister who urged police to shoot criminals.

    Police in South Africa have to deal with more
    than 50 murders every day [File: AP]

    They said the actions that she encouraged violated the constitutional principal that police should only use "the least degree of force reasonably necessary in order to carry out the arrest".

    South Africa's main opposition Democratic Alliance called for the deputy security minister to be fired.

    More than 50 people are murdered each day in South Africa, often for as little as a mobile phone.

    Violent robbery and carjackings are common, as well as kidnapping and attacks on children.

    The country also has highest reported rate of rape of the world. More than 50,000 cases were reported last year, almost 150 a day.

    Based on reported cases, South Africa has 114 rapes per 100,000 people, compared with a rate of 32 rapes per 100,000 in the United States, according to police figures.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    The Muslims of South Korea

    The Muslims of South Korea

    The number of Muslims in South Korea is estimated to be around 100,000, including foreigners.

    Gender violence in India: 'Daughters are not a burden'

    Gender violence in India: 'Daughters are not a burden'

    With female foeticide still widespread, one woman tells her story of being mutilated for giving birth to her daughters.

    Zimbabwe: What's happening?

    Zimbabwe: What's happening?

    Situation tense as thousands march in Harare to call for Robert Mugabe's resignation days after military takeover.