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Crime Stats 2017/2018: The ten most dangerous places in South Africa

Using the number of combat crimes reported as a yardstick for danger, we find out which areas are serious criminal hotspots.

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South Africa has just received its annual crime stats, which were compiled by the national police service during the 2017/2018 financial year.

While these statistics almost always result in a public shudder, this year’s dubious details have sparked discussion within and around a society which is, statistically, becoming more violent and heartless.

Crime stats reveal a steep rise in the country’s murder rate

Police Minister Bheki Cele, the head honcho of the South African Police Service, bemoaned a rising murder rate revealed by the statistics, saying:

“The crime stats of this financial year – 2017/18 – are nothing to write home about, absolutely nothing to write home about. I think our emphasis should be on what is to be done rather than the crime stats, which don’t (sic) give any joy.

The example I have all the time when I talk about these stats, it doesn’t matter what figures you give. But if you cannot deal with or control murder cases, you are not bringing any joy to the South African people.”

South Africa’s murder rate has increased by 6.9% which equates to 57 murders reported every day.

Other worrying statistics point to an increase in sexual offences and attempted murder. Cash-in-transit robberies and bank robberies have also increased.

Contact crimes

Data extrapolated by News24 points to a general increase in contact crimes, which include murder, attempted murder, assault with grievous bodily harm, common assault, common robbery, robbery aggravating and sexual assault.

The 10 most dangerous areas in South Africa

The statistics also reveal which police stations in certain precincts handle most cases for contact crimes. The number of contact crime cases reported directly relates to the inherent danger of the surrounding area.

Taking population density and scope of service area into account, the stations which reported the most cases are as follows:

  1. Johannesburg Central in Gauteng – 5 253 cases
  2. Nyanga (Cape Town) in the Western Cape – 4 784
  3. Mitchells Plain (Cape Town) in the Western Cape – 4 362
  4. Hillbrow (Johannesburg) in Gauteng – 4 334
  5. Kagiso (Krugersdorp) in Gauteng – 3 580
  6. Khayelitsha (Cape Town) in the Western Cape – 3 477
  7. Dobsonville (Soweto) in Gauteng – 3 373
  8. Umlazi in KwaZulu-Natal – 3 313
  9. Inanda in KwaZulu-Natal – 3 194
  10. Delft (Cape Town) in the Western Cape – 3 181