Minister stops meeting on South African farm murders

A meeting on rural crime between Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and rightwingers was abandoned shortly after it began in Pretoria on Thursday.

Mthethwa said afterwards he had taken exception to mention of the African National Congress at the beginning of … Read the rest

South African government claims crime is decreasing

South Africa’s murder rate has dropped by 3.1 percent in the past financial year, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa announced on Thursday.

Releasing the 2011/12 annual crime statistics at Parliament, Mthethwa said in 2004/5 more than 18,000 people were murdered — … Read the rest

Riots in black area north of Johannesburg

by Meggan Saville and Jenni Evans

Tear gas was fired at protesting residents of Kya Sand, north of Johannesburg, on Monday afternoon, Gauteng police said.

Lt-Col Lungelo Dlamini said a small group of protesters started throwing stones at police escorting … Read the rest