Where is the “rape capital of the world”? Is it South Africa or the Democratic Republic of Congo? What does the phrase even mean? A reader asked us to investigate the claims.
Crimes against farming communities threaten food security and rural economies. With people living and working on farms almost four times more likely to be murdered than the average South African, it is time for government to act, argues Dr Johan Burger, a senior researcher at South Africa’s Institute for Security Studies.
Report: Are 30,000 children really ‘trafficked’ in South Africa every year? The claim exaggerates the problem
Are 30,000 children “trafficked” into the sex trade every year in South Africa? Are 30,000 children “currently” being prostituted in South Africa? As Africa Check discovered, the estimates are not supported by available research.
Blog post: The politics of crime statistics
Who owns crime statistics? “In South Africa, the crime statistics are seen as information that belongs to the police which they reluctantly share with the public and other government departments from time to time,” writes Gareth Newham, a senior analyst at the Institute for Security Studies.
The under-reporting of crime undermines efforts to combat and prevent crime in South Africa. Only real, consistent and grassroots improvements in both policing and court services will change this, writes ISS analyst Lizette Lancaster.
Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa released South Africa’s 2012/13 national crime statistics in September 2013. Did crime increase or decrease? What trends can be identified? This factsheet, produced by the Institute for Security Studies, sets out and explains the numbers.
Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has released South Africa’s 2012/13 national crime statistics. Has crime increased or decreased? What trends can be identified? This factsheet, produced by the Institute for Security Studies, sets out and explains the numbers.
Blog post: Where murder happens in South Africa
While many believe Johannesburg is the most dangerous metropolitan city to live in, in South Africa, the reality is quite different. Lizette Lancaster, analyst at the ISS, explains where murder happens, why location matters, and what this means for who can help to tackle crime.