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.
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.
The South African Police Service recently admitted that hundreds of serving police officers are convicted criminals. The figures are shocking but they fail to reveal the full extent of criminality in the police.
Cape Town metro police smashed Lunga Goodman Nono’s guitar, threw him to the ground and shoved him into a police van. The 51-year-old blind busker, they said, had violated the city’s by-laws. But, as TO Molefe discovered, the by-laws don’t exist and Cape Town officials were relying on an apartheid-era policy document.
South Africa is in the middle of its annual “strike season” which runs from June to September. Frequently the media, government and mining houses refer to “illegal strikes”. Is this accurate? Can a strike be illegal? Not in terms of South Africa’s labour law.
Claims that white women are likely to be murdered by “unknown black males” amount to racial scare-mongering, writes Lisa Vetten. The vast majority of women who are murdered in South Africa die at the hands of their husbands, boyfriends and lovers.
South African musician Steve Hofmeyr has claimed that the number of white South Africans killed by blacks would fill a soccer stadium, that white Afrikaners are being killed “like flies” and that a white farmer is murdered every five days. But the claims are incorrect and grossly exaggerated. In fact, whites are less likely to be murdered than any other race group.
Last month South Africa’s Daily Maverick website published an article which claimed that “Al-Qaeda is alive and well in South Africa”. Was it the thorough “year-long investigation” it purported to be or a “cut-and-paste” smear? Yael Even Or and Camila Osorio of GroundUp.org.za consider the unanswered questions.