"It borders on a war zone", the visibly angry minister said.
A closer look at the crime stats reveals that 308 murders were reported at Nyanga police station alone, which is a 9.6% increase when compared to the previous financial year.
Even Police Minister Bheki Cele admitted that the country's murder rate was "scary" and compared it to a war-zone.
Between April 2016 and the end of March past year, 52 people were killed per day in South Africa. "So I'm not really surprised", de Haas said.
Lawmaker Francois Beukman, who heads the police oversight committee in parliament, described the numbers as "alarming and totally unacceptable".
The statistics showed that the 62 recorded farm murders were one of the contributors to murder related crimes in the country.More news: Rafael Nadal survives late-night marathon against Dominic Thiem
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.
The Eastern Cape and Western Cape ranked much lower.
Sitole also revealed that there was a "deficit" of 62 000 SA Police Service (SAPS) members.
The rise in murder rate was partly down to gang violence and lethal turf wars over the control of lucrative taxi mini-bus routes that transport many poorer South Africans to work. Police said they had recorded 33 farm robberies‚ six incidents of attempted murder and two incidents of rape.
The question is, he said: "How do we collectively pick up the ball, change the game plan and re-position the police?" It was found that firearms and vehicles were robbed in 14 cases.
Murder increased by an astounding 6.9%, and rape by 0.5%.