Drop in SA’s murder rate

2010-09-09 09:33

The country’s murder rate showed its largest decline since 1995, falling below 17 000 for the past year, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said in Pretoria.

“This is a significant achievement. Of all crimes this is one category that you cannot cheat,” he told reporters.

The rate fell 8.6% in the past financial year ending March 31.

 For the year ended March 2009 there were 18 148 murders.

Attempted murders dropped by 6.1 percent.

The number of sexual crimes fell 4.4 percent.

A total of 26 311 people were arrested in connection with sexual crimes.

The overall drop in several crime categories was “satisfactory”, but more needed to be done, Mthethwa said.

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