'Fifty-seven murdered in SA everyday'

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"It can not be that South Africans are placed under such fear and stress", he said.

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

Police Minister Bheki Cele and National Police Commissioner Khehla Sitole announced the 2017/18 crime statistics to the Portfolio Committee on Police in Parliament on Tuesday.

South Africa's murder rate rose again previous year, official statistics showed Tuesday, with over 20,000 people killed across the country - about 57 a day - as police admitted they were struggling to keep control.

Murder increased by an astounding 6.9%, and rape by 0.5%.

"Sixty-two individuals were murdered during 58 attacks on farms and small holdings". Nyangna in Western Cape took the top spot.

Murder is up in KwaZulu-Natal.

Provincially, KZN recorded the highest number of murders out of all the provinces - with an a 9.2 percent increase in the provincial murder rate.

Presenting a provincial analysis of contact crimes including murder, rape, attempted murder, assault with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm, common assault, common robbery, aggravated robbery and sexual assault, Major General Norman Sekhukhune, the police's head of crime research and statistics, revealed the top 30 police stations where these crimes are mostly reported. This had dropped by 4.9% from the previous period.

This article's original headline stated: "SA Banking Risk Information Centre says SAPS crime stats too low", which did not reflect Sabric's statements about the statistics. For 2017-2018, cash-in-transit heists rose by 50%. We have to pick up the ball and change the situation for the better'.

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