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Mthethwa releases crime stats

Published Sep 8, 2011

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South Africa's murder rate dropped by 6.5 percent to 15,940 murders in 2010/11, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Thursday.

“It is perhaps worth mentioning that during the 1994/95 period our murder ratio as a country stood at 27,000,” he said in Pretoria on the release of the annual crime statistics.

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The figures were drawn from April 2010 to March 2011.

“Murder is one of the most reliable forms of crime statistics,” the minister said.

Attempted murder decreased by 12.2 percent.

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Though there was a decrease in sexual offences by three percent, Mthethwa said this was “an area that still required focused attention”.

“We are mainly concerned about the number of rapes that occur in the country... the number of reported cases of rapes still remains unacceptably high,” he said.

The number of rape cases reported rose from 55,097 to 56,272.

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Mthethwa said rape, based on international trends, was often under-reported. - Sapa

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