"Our fight against crime requires action by all South Africans".
The province with the highest number of murders was Western Cape, which includes Cape Town - the country's top tourist hub - followed by Gauteng, the seat of the capital Pretoria and the economic hub of Johannesburg.
He bandied these figures again in February this year when President Cyril Ramaphosa appointed him as police minister in February - daring those who raised eyebrows at his appointment to judge him based on the output of his work as commissioner.
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. At least 20 336 murders were recorded nationally. Yet in Umlazi, in KwaZulu-Natal, there was an even more sobering increase in murders reported, up by 19.3 % from 187 to 223 murders. "Especially the murder of women and children‚" Zinn said.
South Africa has one of the highest murder rates in the world. This had dropped by 4.9% from the previous period.
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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.
Politicians across party lines have expressed dissatisfaction with the almost seven percent increase in murders in South Africa.
Cele went on to a question-and-answer session after the figures were presented.
"We must therefore implement alternative policing measures where sexual assault cases are concerned".