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POLITICAL VIOLENCE DECLINING IN S. AFRICA

Political violence has declined steadily since South Africa's April elections to the lowest point since 1991, a report said Tuesday.

The independent Human Rights Committee recorded 105 political deaths in August, down from 153 in July. The number of injuries linked to politics dropped to 129 from 283 in July.The committee said political rivalries have eased since the April elections, South Africa's first all-race vote.

Much of the violence had been blamed on clashes between supporters of the African National Congress and the Zulu-nationalist Inkatha Freedom Party.

While political violence has steadily decreased in South Africa, crime has skyrocketed. According to the South African Police, there have been more than 23,000 robberies so far this year, compared with 19,000 for all of last year.