11 April 2014

South Africa: Government Notes UN Report

press release

Government notes the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime's latest report, Global Study on Homicide 2013, which is consistent with the South African Police Services crime studies. The UN report hails South Africa's "encouraging trend" in halving the murder rate from 64.5 per 100 000 in 1995 to 31 in 2012.

Last year, the South African Police Services reported that since 2004/5 to 2012/2013 crime declined against the increase in population figures. The 2012/2013 statistics revealed that there was a significant and constant reduction of murder.

GCIS Acting CEO, Phumla Williams, said "This study is in line with what we already know, and working on improving. South Africa has broken the cycle of violence, and this is evident by the steady decrease of the murder rate by more than 50 percent.

"Government has and continues to, through the Justice, Crime, Prevention and Security cluster, ensure that steps are taken to fight and reduce crime. Through the country's judicial system, many perpetrators of violent crimes, including murder, have faced the might of the law, and have received appropriate sentences. Law enforcement agencies will leave no stone unturned in its endeavor to continue reducing murder and other crimes," said Williams.

Government will continue to work with all stakeholders to address crime and encourage citizens to play their part and report all crime to their local police station.

 - Issued by Government Communication and Information System (GCIS)

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