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05 September 2011 at 22:16 - Posted by GeraldY

Crime stats coming this week


South Africa's crime statistics for the last financial year will be released this week, the ministry of police says.

"Government releases these statistics once a year, primarily to provide the public with an indication of the crime situation in the country," spokesman Zweli Mnisi said.

In addition to quantifying crime and generating debate, the figures would be used to guide the police's operational plans.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa would present the report in Pretoria on Thursday. The figures were drawn from the period between April 1 last year and March 31 this year.

Deputy Police Minister Maggie Sotyu, national police chief General Bheki Cele and public safety MECs would attend. Representatives from Business Against Crime, community policing forums and other crime-fighting organisations had been invited

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