Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Murder Rate Falls Slightly in SA

South African police officials have announced an overall increase in crime in the country, but a slight decrease in the amount of murders. One of the most violent places in the world, South Africa's high murder rate has been a consistent concern during the lead-up to the 2010 World Cup.

The South African government announced their latest crime figures on Tuesday with overall cases seeing a small rise, but murders dropping by 3.2%. The government reported that 18,148 people were killed in the 12 months up to March.

Police chief Bheki Cele announced his force was determined to further reduce the murder rate as the eyes of the world begin to turn to South Africa ahead of FIFA's showpiece event.

World Cup hosts South Africa announce drop in murder rate
September 22, 2009