South Africa – Police Minister Bheki Cele said that the country has recorded 20,336 murders in the last year, an increase of 1,320 murders compared to the same period the year before.
The Minister said: “This means 57 murders a day. It borders on a war zone.”
Francois Beukman, who heads the police oversight committee in parliament, described the numbers as “alarming and totally unacceptable”.
Mr Cele said the security officers had “dropped the ball.”
“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.
“Our bottom line is that this situation must reverse,” he said.