South Africa's murder rate up almost 7 per cent, police say

20,336 murders recorded in South Africa in one year –Police

He said the murder statistics "borders close to a war zone‚ while there is peace and there is no war in SA".

Several factors contributed to the increase, these include mob justice, revenge attacks, taxi violence, illegal mining, hostel killings, and gang violence.

The stats show how nearly all gang-related murders in South Africa were recorded in the Western Cape. "As communities, we must ensure that crimes are reported and that necessary assistance is provided in order for SAPS to carry out their work", read the statement.

"Our murder rate is on the increase".

Newsmen report that 19,016 murders were recorded between April 2016 to March 2017.

Lawmaker Francois Beukman, who heads the police oversight committee in parliament, described the numbers as "alarming and totally unacceptable". "Firearms drive lots of other crime‚ including robberies and of course murders and attempted murders". "Especially the murder of women and children‚" Zinn said.

The statistics included details that there were 62 "farm murders" in the a year ago - a racially sensitive issue in South Africa, where some white farmers say they face a wave of deadly attacks trying to force them off their land. This had dropped by 4.9% from the previous period.

"Fifty-seven a day - that's how [many] South Africans are murdered". That's what the latest crime statistics seem to suggest.

In June, Cele announced a specialised task force to prioritise cash-in-transit heists.

Cele went on to a question-and-answer session after the figures were presented.

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