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SA report card on crime looks good

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

Published Sep 8, 2011

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The tide against crime is turning.

These were the words of police minister Nathi Mthethwa, speaking at the release of the 2010/2011 crime statistics in Pretoria this morning.

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This after numbers dropped in murder, attempted murder, hijacking, assault, and house and cash-in-transit robberies.

“Police, joined by society, are gaining the upper hand against vicious criminals,” said Mthethwa.

According to the numbers:

- there were 15 940 murders in the last year, the lowest numbers since the dawn of the democratic South Africa;

- attempted murder dropped by 12.2 percent;

- assault dropped by 4.5 percent;

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- house robberies dropped by 10.1 percent;

- car hijackings decreased by 23.6 percent;

- cash-in-transit heists dropped by 18.7 percent;

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- bank robberies decreased by 58.1 percent.

However, the minister admitted that ATM blasts had increased, as had commercial and drug-related crimes.

But with 49 of the country's 50 most wanted arrested, Mthethwa said that “victory against crime is now an achievable goal”.

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“However, for as long as young children are still under bondage of crime and drugs; for as long as businesses are robbed, for as long as women are abused and raped, for as long as South Africans are mugged and hijacked – none of us can rest.” – The Star

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