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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Daily Maverick by Lizette Lancaster and Nthato Ntsoko for ISS Today.]

The police’s 2017 crime statistics will likely paint a worrying but incomplete picture.

The South African Police Service (SAPS) is due to release the annual crime statistics in the next two weeks. These figures provide a useful indication of the country’s crime problem but don’t reflect the full reality of the challenge to public safety. Other sources – like victim surveys – reveal a situation which is far grimmer than what the police statistics show.

Police statistics for the first three quarters of this year show that incidents of robbery increased by 6% compared to the same period last year. This is the fifth consecutive year that robbery has gone up. Murder (the most reliable police crime statistic), stabilised during this period after five years of increases. But a drop of less than 1% in the murder rate doesn’t offset the 20% increase in murder in the five years since 2011.

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South Africa at a Glance
56 500 000 (mid 2017 estimate)
4.6% y/y in November 2017 (CPI) & +5.1% y/y in November 2017 (PPI)
2% q/q for the 3rd quarter of 2017
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