'SA murder rate on the decline'

The Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa says the police's hard work is paying off.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa says although a lot of work still needs to be done, the police's hard work is paying off.

According to a recently released United Nations Global Study on Homicide, South Africa's murder rate has dropped by more than 50 percent in less than two decades.

The report shows that murder cases went down from 64 per 100,000 people in 1995 to 31 per 100,000 in 2012.

Mthethwa's acting spokesperson David Barritt says the minister is very pleased for a number of reasons.

"It means that the police are making South Africa a safe place to live and it's also a boost for us in terms of tourism and investment."