Nyanga, Western Cape, is still the murder capital of South Africa

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The statistics covered the period from April 2017 to March 2018.

"The increases were significant, with a 132% increase in crimes detected through police action for these categories over the past 10 financial years with the number of detected crimes rising from 186‚988 for these specific categories to 433‚966", said Zinn.

Between April 2016 and the end of March previous year, 52 people were killed per day in South Africa.

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"The figures that always scare me are murder figures", he said.

Police minister Bheki Cele will from Thursday host a two-day national crime prevention summit.

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.

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In terms of rape cases reported, figures showed a three per cent hike in the province with incidents going from 7 032 in the previous reporting period to 7 243 in this reporting period - a 211 increase. Murder increased by 6.9% while attempted murder increased by only 0.2%.

Presenting a provincial analysis of contact crimes including murder, rape, attempted murder, assault with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm, common assault, common robbery, aggravated robbery and sexual assault, Major General Norman Sekhukhune, the police's head of crime research and statistics, revealed the top 30 police stations where these crimes are mostly reported.

In June, Cele announced a specialised task force to prioritise cash-in-transit heists. "We need a better criminal justice system so that murderers are locked up and keys thrown away".

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