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Here Are South Africa’s Worst Murder And Robbery Hotspots


The Stats SA Community Survey for 2016 reveals which provinces in South Africa make citizens feel the safest – and where the most crime took place over the past year.

Every year, the SAPS provides crime data showing where crimes are taking place in South Africa – but the data doesn’t always paint the whole picture.

The community surveys conducted by Stats SA give insight into how crime affects people on a household level, and includes unreported crimes.

The survey finds that the vast majority of South African households experienced no crime over the past year with only 7.5% saying they did.

Unsurprisingly, the most populous provinces recorded the most crime – but what is surprising is that so-called “crime capital”, Gauteng, is only the second worst behind the Western Cape.

Nearly one in 10 (9.7%) households in the Western Cape experienced crime, followed by Gauteng with 9.1%. The North West with 7.6% was the only other province above average.

Only 4.2% of households in Limpopo claimed to have experienced criminal activity.

Provinces where households report experiencing crime

Province Experienced Crime % of households
Western Cape 188 000 9.7%
Gauteng 448 000 9.1%
North West 94 000 7.6%
Mpumalanga 91 000 7.4%
KwaZulu Natal 197 000 6.9%
Northern Cape 24 000 6.8%
Eastern Cape 109 000 6.2%
Free State 57 000 6.0%
Limpopo 67 000 4.2%
South Africa  1 276 000 7.5%

10.8% of white households said they had experienced crime, ahead of Indian households (8.4%), coloured households (7.7%) and black households (7.1%).

When it comes to feeling safe, Limpopo household responses reflect their experience of crime in the province, where almost 90% of people said they felt safe during the day.

Similarly, the Western Cape reflected the same data, with the lowest levels of safety during the day (70.7%).

However, at night, attitudes change, where households in the Eastern Cape are most afraid (30.5% said they feel safe), while respondents in the Northern Cape feel the most safe (47.8%).

It’s interesting to note that, despite having experienced the most crime in the past 12 months, white households feel the safest at both day and at night (83% and 49%, respectively).

Types of crimes experienced

Housebreakings, robbery and home robbery were the top three crimes hitting South African households in the past 12 months.

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The tables below show the experience of each crime by province, in terms of number of households that experienced them (rounded), expressed as a percent of all households in the province.

Housebreaking

Province Experienced Crime % of households
Gauteng 213 000 4.4%
Western Cape 78 000 4.1%
Mpumalanga 50 000 4.1%
North West 45 000 3.6%
KwaZulu Natal 95 000 3.3%
Northern Cape 11 000 3.1%
Free State 26 000 2.8%
Eastern Cape 46 000 2.6%
Limpopo 35 000 2.2%
South Africa 599 000 3.6%

Robbery

Province Experienced Crime % of households
Western Cape 69 000 3.6%
Gauteng 140 000 2.9%
Eastern Cape 36 000 2.1%
KwaZulu Natal 55 000 1.9%
Mpumalanga 23 000 1.9%
North West 22 000 1.8%
Northern Cape 5 000 1.5%
Free State 14 000 1.4%
Limpopo 13 000 0.8%
South Africa 377 000 2.3%

Home Robbery

Province Experienced Crime % of households
Gauteng 111 000 2.3%
Western Cape 42 000 2.2%
Mpumalanga 23 000 1.9%
North West 21 000 1.7%
KwaZulu Natal 45 000 1.6%
Eastern Cape 26 000 1.5%
Free State 14 000 1.4%
Northern Cape 5 000 1.3%
Limpopo 17 000 1.1%
South Africa 303 000 1.8%

Theft of motor vehicle

Province Experienced Crime % of households
Gauteng 29 000 0.6%
Western Cape 12 000 0.6%
KwaZulu Natal 9 000 0.3%
North West 4 000 0.3%
Mpumalanga 3 000 0.3%
Eastern Cape 4 000 0.2%
Free State 2 000 0.2%
Limpopo 2 000 0.1%
Northern Cape
South Africa 66 000 0.4%

Theft of livestock

Province Experienced Crime % of households
Kwa Zulu Natal 11 000 0.4%
North West 5 000 0.4%
Eastern Cape 6 000 0.3%
Mpumalanga 3 000 0.3%
Gauteng 8 000 0.2%
Limpopo 3 000 0.2%
Free State 2 000 0.2%
Western Cape 2 000 0.1%
Northern Cape
South Africa 40 000 0.2%

Murder

Province Experienced Crime % of households
KwaZulu Natal 5 000 0.2%
Western Cape 4 000 0.2%
Eastern Cape 3 000 0.2%
Gauteng 7 000 0.1%
North West 2 000 0.1%
Mpumalanga 2 000 0.1%
Limpopo 2 000 0.1%
Free State
Northern Cape
South Africa 25 000 0.2%

In terms of the number of households affected by these crimes, black respondents suffered the most – however as a percentage of the population, white households are the most affected in every crime category – except murder.

 

Source: Business Tech

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