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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Violent Crime

[Source: ISS Africa by Chandré Gould.]

Sustained high levels of violence and crime fundamentally threaten South Africa’s development; not least because of the adverse effects on realising human potential. Both the National Development Plan (NDP) and the Integrated Urban Development Framework (IUDF), which the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs released for comment last year, recognise that safety is fundamental to development. Read more

[Source: Times Live by Bianca Capazorio.]

More than 7000 guns were lost or stolen in South Africa last year – increasing the number of illegal weapons floating around.

Speaking at a national firearms summit in parliament yesterday, Reneva Fourie of the Civilian Secretariat for Police said in the past year, 5195 privately owned guns had been stolen and 233 lost. The rate of loss and theft among police and correctional services officers also remained “too high” at 1769 stolen and 199 lost. Read more

South Africa at a Glance
57 700 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
4.0% y/y in January 2019 (CPI) & +4.1 y/y in January 2019 (PPI)
1.4% q/q (4th quarter of 2018)
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