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23 May 2017 18:56 (South Africa)

Murders fall by 8.6%, says Mthethwa

  • Phillip de Wet
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    Phillip de Wet

    De Wet is the deputy editor of The Daily Maverick.

    Not having the imagination to even try anything other than journalism (or any medium other than words), he has spent all his adult life writing about what everybody else is doing. He has written about technology and telecommunications, business, politics, the property market, unusual medical conditions and, for a brief interlude, movies.

    He has participated in the closing-down of one daily newspaper and two magazines, but implausibly claims that none of it was his fault.

Violent crime is on the decline, with murder decreasing by 8.6%, police minister Nathi Mthethwa announced at a briefing in Pretoria on Thursday morning. Other numbers released as part of the crime statistics annual report (from April 2009 to March 2010) included a 6.8% decline in vehicle hijackings, and sexual offences dropping by 4.4%. The Daily Maverick's Phillip de Wet is busy with some number crunching right now, so watch out for his story later this afternoon to find out what all these statistics actually mean. Read more: AFP and Sapa, via M&G

  • Phillip de Wet
    phillip-empire-crop 02
    Phillip de Wet

    De Wet is the deputy editor of The Daily Maverick.

    Not having the imagination to even try anything other than journalism (or any medium other than words), he has spent all his adult life writing about what everybody else is doing. He has written about technology and telecommunications, business, politics, the property market, unusual medical conditions and, for a brief interlude, movies.

    He has participated in the closing-down of one daily newspaper and two magazines, but implausibly claims that none of it was his fault.

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