SA's murder, attempted murder rates rise

2013-09-19 11:13
Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa (Picture: Sapa)

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa (Picture: Sapa)

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2013-09-19 10:09

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Pretoria - The number of murders in South Africa increased by 0.6% over the past financial year, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Thursday.

Speaking at the release of the 2012/13 crime statistics in Pretoria, he said the murder rate had previously decreased by 16.6% over the past four years, and by 27.2% over the past nine years.

"Since 1994, we have been making steady progress in the fight against crime.

"We will work double hard to ensure this slight increase is re-routed to the downward trends that we experienced over the past nine years," he said.

Attempted murder

There was also a 6.5% increase in attempted murder in the financial year under review.

This was in contrast to the decrease in attempted murder by 16.8% over the past four years and 51.7% over the past nine years.

Mthethwa highlighted the causes for the increases by province.

These included cases of domestic violence and alcohol-related arguments near taverns in the Eastern Cape and labour unrest in the mining sector in the North West.

Earlier, Mthethwa said the level of contact crime has decreased by 4.2% over the past financial year, and 38.2% over the past nine years.

Other serious crime decreased by 5.3% over the same period.


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