Speaking at the release of the 2012/2013 crime statistics in Pretoria, he said contact crime had decreased by 16 percent over the past four years, and 38.2 percent over the past nine years.
Property-related crime over the past financial year increased by 1.7 percent.
Other serious crime decreased by 5.3 percent over the same period.
Sexual offences meanwhile decreased by 0.4 percent during the same period.
“Nonetheless, we want to reiterate the point that we are still unhappy and concerned about the levels of rape in the country,” he said.
“Protection of communities is now central to our strategies that are aimed at reducing incidences of gender-based violence.”
Sexual assault decreased by 6.2 percent over the same period, after increasing during the preceding three years.