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Police Ministry welcomes US company report

Statistics from the independent company show that crime in the country is at its lowest.

Minister of Police Nathi Mthethwa. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Police Ministry says although they acknowledge that more work needs to be done to ensure a crime free South Africa, figures released by a U.S based company proves they are winning.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa released figures in October saying crime in the country has been at its lowest since 2002 and dropped by 40 percent.

Statistics from the independent company show that crime in the country is at its lowest level in 15 years.

Police Ministry's Zweli Mnisi says, "We welcome this report because it affirms and in fact vindicates our national crime statistics that we recently released, acknowledging that more still needs to be done and contrary to what people have been saying that crime is on the increase. So we are encouraged, we welcome the report."

Meanwhile, the South African Police Service (SAPS) has vowed to intensify the fight against crime.