South Africa ‘a country at war’ with 49 murders a day

South Africa’s murder rate has increased for third year running, with opposition groups saying the figures mirror “a country at war”.

The murder rate jumped 4.6 percent with 17,805 murders committed between April 2014 to March 2015, an increase of 782 deaths from the year before. Almost 49 people were killed every day in a country of 52 million people.

Armed robberies, burglaries and carjackings also increased. Instances of truck hijacking saw the biggest leap with a 29 per cent increase on the previous year.