SA murder and rape rate down

By Drum Digital
20 September 2012

South Africa's murder rate has dropped by 3.1 percent in the past financial year, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa announced on Thursday.

Releasing the 2011/12 annual crime statistics at Parliament, Mthethwa said in 2004/5 more than 18,000 people were murdered -- now down to less than 16,000.

There had been a 27.6 percent reduction over an eight year period --2004/5 to 2011/12, he said.

Sexual offences dropped by 3.7 percent.

"We need to emphasise that, as government, we are, however, still concerned about the scourge of rape in our country.

"Rape decreased [by] 1.9 percent, but is [still] unacceptably high," Mthethwa said.

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