We read about it, we hear about it… and now, most South Africans can say, we experience it. Whether it’s a personal experience, or a loved one or just someone we know. Crime is no longer on the rise in South Africa, it has hit the absolute top. But trust our dear fellow South Africans to find new ways of figuring out how to disable tracking systems in vehicles, how to get around an alarm system in a household, or simply how to pointlessly aim and shoot.
Statistics show shocking revelations of how crime has evolved in our country. Every day, an estimate of 5 900 crimes are reported by the SAPS. The world average for murder is 7.6 per 100 000 people… in South Africa, this average is 36.5 per 100 000 people. That’s astronomical when compared to figures of other countries.
Kwazulu-Natal is the highest murder province in SA, then the Eastern Cape, followed by Gauteng. On average, over 43 people are murdered in South Africa on a daily basis. This statistic is based only on murder. That’s not even counting the attempted murders or the burglaries, hijackings or assaults. And now, the shocker… over 161 000 people have been murdered in South Africa since 2004… That’s 16 000 people per year.
When it comes to drug related crimes, over 400 are reported daily and 47% of drug related crime in the country occur in the Western Cape… So it’s not all sunshine and roses down there like some people claim it to be. Corruption is also a major problem in South Africa today.
It has been estimated by Crime Stats SA that South Africa has lost R650-billion to corruption over the last 18 years… Mister Government, how many mouths would that have fed? How many improvements could have been made to create a better South Africa for all? How many people would not have been left homeless?
“Crime expands according to our willingness to put up with it.” – Faber, Barry J.