This factsheet provides an overview of assault and sexual crime trends between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2015 as recorded by the South African Police Service. The Institute for Security Studies is using the recalculated figures released by the South African Police Service on 29 September 2015 for the years 2004/05 to 2014/15. The Institute for Security Studies takes no responsibility for the accuracy of these statistics.
Many civil society organisations will use South Africa’s soon-to-be-released crime statistics to inform their work. But the African Centre for Migration and Society won’t be able to, as there is no official data on the extent of xenophobic violence in the country.
South African president Jacob Zuma is due to deliver his eighth State of the Nation Address in parliament on Thursday. Last year he delivered two State of the Nation Addresses – one before and one after the country’s national elections in May. This report looks at his claims about crime.