South Africa's murder rate rose again last 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.
A total of 20,336 people were killed in the 12 months to March this year, up from 19,016 the previous year.
The numbers reflect a 6.9 percent year-on-year increase, one of the highest per capita since the end of apartheid 24 years ago.
"The figures that always scare me are murder figures," he said. "South Africans must not take it as a norm that they can be hijacked, robbed and killed every day. We have to pick up the ball and change the situation for the better." Francois Beukman, who heads the police oversight committee in parliament, described the numbers as "alarming and totally unacceptable".
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