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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Politicsweb by Chris de Kock.]

Just over two years ago I wrote an article which was published in the Daily Maverick of the 11th of October 2017 under the title “Did sexual offences, hijackings and murder really increase respectively by 117%, 93%, and 9% during 2016/2017?”

In that article I suggested that Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) and the South African Police Service (SAPS) should urgently communicate the different uses of the registered crime statistics of SAPS and the results of the victims of crime surveys that StatsSA produce. I warned too that the type of so-called “crime statistics” that StatsSA has been producing for the past three years can be very damaging to the image of South Africa and can cost this country dearly in terms of investment and tourism.

There was no reaction from any quarters (media, government spokespersons, crime analysts and commentators) to that article. Two years and millions of taxpayer’s rand later, StatsSA continue with its business as usual and just last month published the “Victims of Crime. Governance, Public Safety and Justice Survey (GPSJS) for 2018/2019.

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South Africa at a Glance
58 780 000 (mid 2019 estimate)
3.6% y/y in November 2019 (CPI) & +2.3 y/y in November 2019 (PPI)
-0.6% q/q (3rd quarter of 2019)
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