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South Africa murder rate shows sharp fall

September 09, 2010
"We are really encouraged in the significant decline in the murder rate,"
- Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa

The murder rate has fallen by 8.6% over the past year in South Africa, latest statistics show.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said the total number of murders was now about a third lower than 14 years ago.

He also said that 46 of South Africa's 50 most wanted criminals had been arrested.

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