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.
“Fifty-seven a day, that’s how South Africans are murdered. It borders close to the war zone while there is a peace, there is no war in South Africa,” Police Minister Bheki Cele told reporters.
Flash – S.Africa ‘close to war zone’ with 57 murders a day: minister – France 24
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