Murder rate declines
By Khanyisa Tabata
08 September 2011
Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has announced that South Africa's murder rate dropped by six-and-a-half-percent in the year up to March, compared to the previous year.
Mthethwa released the annual crime statistics in Pretoria today. He says murder is one of the most reliable forms of crime statistics.
Fifteen-thousand-940 murders were recorded in the country over the period. Mthethwa says it is worth remembering that the country had a murder ratio of 27-thousand in the 1994/1995 period.
The Minister also said government was winning the battle against bank robberies.
He attributes this to concerted efforts by law enforcement agencies, financial institutions and other stakeholders.