SAPS records 1.9% decrease in contact crimes.

The Police Department says cases of contact crimes have decreased over the last nine months.

These include murder, sexual offences and assault.

Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko and Acting National Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane briefed Parliament's portfolio committee on police on Friday, on the quarterly crimes statistics for the 2016/2017 financial year.

Eyewitness News reporter Xolani Koyana was there to give an overview of some of the statistics.

Koyana says just over 30 000 rape cases were reported between April and December 2016, raising concerns amongst MPs.

In total at least 460 000 contact crime cases were reported, compared to more than 471 000 during the last period, representing a 1.9% decrease.

Listen to the full report from EWN's Xolani Koyana below...


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