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SA's murder rate at an all-time high

47 people are killed in the country every day compared to 45 in the 2012/13 financial year.

FILE: 47 people are killed in the country every day compared to 45 in the 2012/13 financial year. Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - South Africa's murder rate continues to increase at an alarming rate.

Officials attending the National Firearms Summit in Parliament on Tuesday heard that 47 people are killed in the country every day compared to 45 in the 2012/13 financial year.

Gun Free South Africa's Adele Kirsten has welcomed amendments that may see tighter firearm laws implemented.

"There's recognition that firearms play a significant role in the levels of violence in our country"

Police Secretariat, Revena Fourie told the summit that at 47 murders daily, the country's murder rate is at an all-time high.

"The rate is five times higher than the global average, of six murders per day and that's too high."

Fourie says the proposed changes to gun laws seek to encourage responsible use of firearms, which she hopes will translate into a reduction in violent crime.

The number of firearms lost by police officers has been raised as a major concern at the summit.

The two-day gathering comes after cabinet last month approved amendments to the Firearms Control Act.

The Police Ministry believes the changes will tighten laws around gun ownership and ultimately reduce the number of illegal guns on the streets.