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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.

In 2017-2018‚ 20‚336 murders were recorded‚ 1‚320 more than in the previous financial year. 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.

Nyanga, in the Western Cape, remained the murder capital of the country, with an increase in murders of 9.6%.

Presenting the figures to parliament, Norman Sekhukhune, the police official responsible for crime statistics, said the murder rate had increased for six consecutive years.

US President Donald Trump last month ignited a firestorm of debate when he claimed on Twitter that there was a "large-scale killing of farmers" in South Africa - where the government fiercely rejected his accusations.

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In a recent statement released by the party, they have noted with great concern the increase in murders and the continued prevalence of rape, sexual assault and gender-based violence.

Reports of cash-in-transit heists were also on an upward trend: 238 such cases were recorded in the current financial year up from 152 in 2016-2017.

Cele, who took over from former police minister Fikile Mbalula in February, had attempted to clamp down on criminal activity in South Africa, especially violent crimes such as murders and hijackings.

The police portfolio committee says it is now of the view that the need for specialised units to deal with gang and taxi-related crimes is long overdue.