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Johannesburg - Specialised police units played a part in reducing South Africa's crime, civil rights group AfriForum said on Thursday after the release of the annual national crime statistics.
“It is clear... that specialist units contributed sizeably to the reduction and combating of priority crimes in the past financial year,” AfriForum community safety head Reg Crewe said in a statement.
Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said, among other things, sexual offences decreased by 0.4 percent during the 2012/13 financial year.
The results showed that 609 people were sentenced to 826 life sentences for sexual offences.
“The Family Violence, Child Protection, and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS) accounted for 499 of these convictions,” said Crewe.
It was time government listened to the people and implemented specialised units everywhere, he said.