South Africans are murdered per day

FILE The scene of a cash-in-transit heist in Boksburg

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South Africa's murder rate rose again a year ago, 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.

Nyanga, in the Western Cape, remained the murder capital of the country, with an increase in murders of 9.6%.

Presenting the crime statistics for the 2017-2018 financial year in parliament on Tuesday, the head of police crime research and statistics, Maj-Gen Norman Sekhukhune, painted a sorry picture of the fight against crime.

The number of homicides increased 7% to 20 336 - an average of nearly 56 a day - in the 12 months through March, the police service said in its annual crime statistics report on Tuesday.

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"Fifty-seven a day, that's how South Africans are murdered.

Especially the murder of women and children‚" Zinn said.

"South Africans must not take it as a norm that they can be hijacked, robbed and killed every day".

The minister, along with the South African Police Service's top management, is releasing the 2018 crime statistics in Parliament.

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South Africa has one of the highest murder rates in the world.

"Here we are today on 20‚000 people [murdered]". The stats for murders, rapes and other sexual assaults, have all increased, according to the latest crime stats. We have to pick up the ball and change the situation for the better'.

Attacks on cash-transporting security vehicles rose sharply by 56.6 per cent to 238 cases.

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