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"It can not be that South Africans are put under such fear, such stress and such murder". "It borders on a war zone", the visibly angry minister said.

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.

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

A total of 62 farm murders were reported in the past financial year in South Africa‚ according to the latest crime statistics released in Parliament on Tuesday. Mr Cele admitted that a corrupt government and police service "was a big problem"...

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

The rest of the stations in the Western Cape where the most murder cases were reported include Phillipi East (205), Delft (195), Khayelitsha (192), Kraaifontein (186), Gugulethu (182), Mfuleni (157), Harare (142) and Mitchells Plain (140). Forty-two of the murders occurred on farms, 15 on small holdings and one at a cattle post.

Police also revealed that they recorded at least 18,233 cases of attempted murder.

Gauteng also tops mob-justice murders, followed by the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.

"This is indeed war-zone levels", said Mmusi Maimane, head of the main opposition Democratic Alliance party. 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.

Fortunately, incidents of murder and attempted murder decreased by 50 and 8.8 per cent in the Mariannhill community.