S.Africa 'close to war zone' with 57 murders a day: minister

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It borders close to the war zone, while there is a peace. The period covered is from April 1, 2017, to March 31 2018.

Cape Town (AFP) - South Africa's murder rate rose again past year, official statistics showed Tuesday, with over 20,000 killed across the country - about 57 a day - as police admitted they were struggling to keep control. The country's murder rate has increased the past six consecutive years.

The province with the least amount of murders was the Northern Cape at 340, a decrease from last year's 344.

"The figures that always scare me are murder figures", Cele continued.

"Fifty-seven a day, that's how South Africans are murdered". An alarming number of boys were murdered in KZN (130), Eastern Cape (137) and Western Cape (219).

Nyanga, in Cape Town, remains the most risky place in South Africa. "As communities‚ we must ensure that crimes are reported and that necessary assistance is provided in order for SAPS to carry out their work".

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The increase in the number of cases of violence against women and children has been described as a crisis.

According to Sekhukhune, the Western Cape had the most instances of multiple murders - when more than one person is killed at the same time. This had dropped by 4.9% from the previous period.

South Africa's already high murder rate has increased by about 7 per cent, prompting the police minister to compare the situation to a "war zone".

Cash in transit heists have increased in the last three financial years. Members of the portfolio committee asked him whether or not criminals had taken on a "culture of impunity" on the basis that politicians were seen to be getting away with crime.

"Our emphasis should be on what should be done and not on the crime stats", said Cele.

The question is, he said: "How do we collectively pick up the ball, change the game plan and re-position the police?"