Cape Town (AFP) - South Africa's murder rate rose again previous 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 2017/2018 figures - to be announced by Police Minister Bheki Cele - will tell us more about the state of crime in the country and whether we are winning the fight against criminality or not.
On average 56 people were killed a day in South Africa in the 12 months to March this year, an increase of 30 per cent in the past six years, officials said.
"It is clear that violent crime is a present danger to all South Africans and relevant communities‚" he said‚ adding that an urgent plan was needed.
Police committee chair Francois Beukman, who was shocked by this revelation, said that the figure was "unacceptable".
"The top 30 stations in terms of murder include the Western Cape with 10 stations followed by Gauteng with 9, then KwaZulu-Natal with 6 and the Eastern Cape with 5".
"We must therefore implement alternative policing measures where sexual assault cases are concerned".
"It can not be that South Africans are put under such fear, such stress and such murder".
Incidents of rape and attempted murder also rose.
South African police often come under fire for failing to bring down crime levels, while police chiefs saying they need at least 62,000 more officers.
"However, we welcome the fresh approach of the new top leadership of the police to recognise and tackle this problem".