Rape levels of major concern - Mthethwa

2013-09-19 10:59
Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa (Picture: Sapa)

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa (Picture: Sapa)

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Pretoria - Sexual offences decreased during the 2012/2013 financial year, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Thursday.

Speaking at the release of the annual crime statistics in Pretoria, he said rape had decreased by 0.4% over the past financial year.

"Nonetheless, we want to reiterate the point that we are still unhappy and concerned about the levels of rape in the country," he said.

"Protection of communities is now central to our strategies that are aimed at reducing incidences of gender-based violence."

Sexual assault decreased by 6.2% over the same period, after increasing during the preceding three years.

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