South Africans are murdered per day

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"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.

South African Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, said 20,336 murders were recorded in the country from 2017 to 2018 period, adding "South Africa is close to being a war zone".

He said murders of women and children had also increased.

Police have released crime statistics showing 20,336 people were murdered in South Africa between April 2017 and March, compared to 19,016 in the previous year.

Between April 2016 and the end of March a year ago, 52 people were killed per day in South Africa.

Police Minister Bheki Cele and Police Commissioner Khehla Sitole on Tuesday released the 2017/18 crime figures showing the national murder rate has increased by nearly 7%, which translates to 57 murders a day.

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

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Western Cape police stations recorded the highest number of murder reports‚ followed by those in Gauteng.

Police committee chair Francois Beukman, who was shocked by this revelation, said that the figure was "unacceptable".

The stats also show how nearly all gang-related murders in South Africa were recorded in the Western Cape.

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

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

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

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