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South Africa

South Africa Crime Stats

Background:

South Africa is one of the least lawful countries on earth, with the 5th highest number of total crimes reported in 2002. Some 32,000 of the 2.6 million crimes were murders with firearms, placing the country top of the global table, and 11,000 are manslaughters, the 2nd highest number. Unsurprisingly then, South Africa has an army of 101,000 in their police force.

Definitions

  • Age of criminal responsibility: The age at which a person is no longer excluded from criminal liability.  The lowest age is indicated for countries where there isn’t a single age limit, for example where different states have different regulations (such as the USA) or there is different limits for boy and girls (such as in Iran). The spectrum is specifically wide for the USA and Mexico (both 6-12 years). Several US states do not stipulate any minimal age for criminal responsibility at all. For further qualifications, exceptions and other notes, please refer to notes.
  • Age of criminal responsibility (notes): Additional information, qualifications, exceptions and notes on the age of criminal responsibility stat, which indicates the age at which a person is no longer excluded from criminal liability.
  • Assault rate: Number of assaults recorded by police per 100,000 population
  • Assaults: Number of assaults recorded by police in that country per 100,000 population.
  • Auto theft: Number of motor vehicle thefts (car thefts) recorded by police in that country per 100,000 population.
  • Believes crime increasing in the past 3 years: Crime increasing in the past 3 years. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "In the past three years would you say the level of crime in your community has increased, stayed about the same, or decreased?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Burglaries: Number of burglaries recorded by police in that country per 100,000 population.
  • Car thefts: Total recorded automobile thefts. Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • Car thefts per 1000: Total recorded automobile thefts. Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence. Figures expressed per thousand population for the same year.
  • Crime levels: Level of crime. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "How serious you feel the level of crime is?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Death penalty > Abolition date: Amnesty International
  • Death penalty > Abolition for ordinary crimes: Amnesty International
  • Death penalty > Last executed: Amnesty International
  • Drug offences: Drug offence cases per 100,000 population (2000).
  • Drug related crime: Number of drug related crimes recorded by police in that country per 100,000 population.
  • Drugs > Annual cannabis use: Estimate of percentage of 15-64 year old population who use Cannabis.
  • Drugs > Lifetime cannabis use: Adult lifetime cannabis use.
  • Drugs > Opiates use: Annual prevalence.
  • Fear of crime > Feels safe walking alone > At night: Safety walking alone during night. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "How safe do you feel walking alone in this city during the night?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Fear of crime > Feels safe walking alone > During the day: Safety walking alone during daylight. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "How safe do you feel walking alone in this city during the daylight?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Fear of crime > Violent hate crime: Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "(How worried are you about)......being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Fear of crime > Worries about being attacked: Worries attacked. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "(How worried are you about)......being physically attacked by strangers?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Fear of crime > Worries about being insulted: Worries being insulted. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "(How worried are you about)......being insulted or pestered by anybody, while in the street or any other public place?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Fear of crime > Worries about being mugged or robbed: Worries being mugged or robbed. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "(How worried are you about)......being mugged and robbed?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Fear of crime > Worries about car being stolen: Worries car stolen. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "(How worried are you about)......having your car stolen?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Fear of crime > Worries about home break and enter: Worries home broken and things stolen. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "How worried are you about....having your home broken into and something stolen?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Frauds: Total recorded frauds. Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • Gun ownership > Guns per 100 residents > 2007: Number of guns owned per 100 residents in various countries. Following data relates to the year 2007.
  • Illicit drugs: Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • Judges: Number of professional judges per 100,000 population.
  • Judges and Magistrates: Number of Judges and Magistrates
  • Justice system > Punishment > Capital punishment (last execution year): Year of last use.
  • Kidnappings: Number of kidnappings recorded by police in that country per 100,000 population.
  • Murder rate: Homicide rate per year per 100,000 inhabitants in various countries.
  • Murders > Per 100,000 people: Intentional homicide rate is the estimate of intentional homicides in a country as a result of domestic disputes that end in a killing, interpersonal violence, violent conflicts over land resources, inter-gang violence over turf or control, and predatory violence and killing by armed groups. The term, intentional homicide, is broad, but it does not include all intentional killing. In particular, deaths arising from armed conflict are usually considered separately. The difference is usually described by the organisation of the killing. Individuals or small groups usually commit homicide, whereas the killing in armed conflict is usually committed by more or less cohesive groups of up to several hundred members. Two main sources of data are presented: criminal justice (law enforcement) measures (this series), supplemented by data from national statistical agencies, and measures from public health sources (see other intentional homicide series). These various sources measure slightly different phenomena and are therefore unlikely to provide identical numbers."
  • Murders > WHO: Intentional homicide rate is the estimate of intentional homicides in a country as a result of domestic disputes that end in a killing, interpersonal violence, violent conflicts over land resources, inter-gang violence over turf or control, and predatory violence and killing by armed groups. The term, intentional homicide, is broad, but it does not include all intentional killing. In particular, deaths arising from armed conflict are usually considered separately. The difference is usually described by the organisation of the killing. Individuals or small groups usually commit homicide, whereas the killing in armed conflict is usually committed by more or less cohesive groups of up to several hundred members. Two main sources of data are presented: criminal justice (law enforcement) measures (this series), supplemented by data from national statistical agencies, and measures from public health sources (see other intentional homicide series). These various sources measure slightly different phenomena and are therefore unlikely to provide identical numbers."
  • Murders with firearms: Total recorded intentional homicides committed with a firearm. Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • Murders with firearms per million: Total recorded intentional homicides committed with a firearm. Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence. Figures expressed per million population for the same year.
  • Perceived problems > Illegal drugs: Problem people using or dealing drugs. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "(How much of a problem are...) people using or dealing drugs?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Perceived problems > Problem corruption and bribery: Problem corruption and bribery. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "(How much of a problem are...) corruption and bribery?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Perceived problems > Problem violent crimes including assault and armed robbery: Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "(How much of a problem are...) violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Perceived problems > Property crimes including vandalism and theft: Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "(How much of a problem are...) property crimes such as vandalism and theft?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Police officers: Number of police officers per 100,000 population.
  • Prisoners: Total persons incarcerated
  • Prisoners > Female: Female prisoners, expressed as a percentage share of the total prison population. Data for 2003.
  • Prisoners > Per capita: Data for 2003. Number of prisoners held per 100,000 population.
  • Prisoners per 1000: Total persons incarcerated. Figures expressed per thousand population for the same year.
  • Prosecution rate: Number of people prosecuted.
  • Punishment > Crimes possibly attracting life sentence: Possible other sentence.

    No date was available from the Wikipedia article, so we used the date of retrieval.

  • Punishment > Crimes requiring mandatory sentence: Mandatory sentence.

    No date was available from the Wikipedia article, so we used the date of retrieval.

  • Punishment > Has indefinite sentence: Indefinite sentence (excl. preventive or psychiatric detainment).

    No date was available from the Wikipedia article, so we used the date of retrieval.

  • Punishment > Has life imprisonment: Life imprisonment.

    No date was available from the Wikipedia article, so we used the date of retrieval.

  • Punishment > Life sentence under the age of 18 or 21: Under age of 18 (or 21).

    No date was available from the Wikipedia article, so we used the date of retrieval.

  • Punishment > Maximum length of sentence: Maximum length of sentence (under life).

    No date was available from the Wikipedia article, so we used the date of retrieval.

  • Punishment > Minimum life sentence to serve before eligibility for requesting parole: Minimum to serve before eligibility for requesting parole.

    No date was available from the Wikipedia article, so we used the date of retrieval.

  • Rape rate: Number of rape incidents per 100,000 citizens in different countries. Figures do not take into account rape incidents that go unreported to the police.
  • Robberies: Number of robberies recorded by police in that country per 100,000 population.
  • Sentence Length: Total average sentence length served
  • Serious assault rate: Number of major assaults recorded by police per 100,000 population
  • Serious assaults: Number of major assaults recorded by police in that country per 100,000 population.
  • Software piracy rate: The piracy rate is the total number of units of pirated software deployed in 2007 divided by the total units of software installed.
  • Total crimes: Note: Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • Total crimes per 1000: Note: Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence. Figures expressed per thousand population for the same year.
  • Violent crime > Gun crime > Guns per 100 residents: Number of privately owned small firearms per 100 residents.
  • Violent crime > Intentional homicide rate: Homicides per 100’000 residents. Homicide is the death of a person purposefully inflicted by another person (it excludes suicides) outside of a state of war. Homicide is a broader category than murder, as it also includes manslaughter. The exact legal definition varies across countries, some of which include infanticide, assisted suicide, euthanasia and deaths caused by dangerous driving.
  • Violent crime > Murder rate: Intentional homicide, number and rate per 100,000 population.
  • Violent crime > Murder rate per million people: Intentional homicide, number and rate per 100,000 population. Figures expressed per million people for the same year.
  • Violent crime > Murders: Intentional homicide, number and rate per 100,000 population.
  • Violent crime > Murders per million people: Intentional homicide, number and rate per 100,000 population. Figures expressed per million people for the same year.
  • Violent crime > Rapes: The number of recorded rapes. Large numbers of rapes go unreported. South Africa is estimated to have 500,000 rapes per year, Egypt 200,000, China 32,000 and the UK with 85,000 rapes per year.
  • Violent crime > Rapes per million people: The number of recorded rapes. Large numbers of rapes go unreported. South Africa is estimated to have 500,000 rapes per year, Egypt 200,000, China 32,000 and the UK with 85,000 rapes per year. Figures expressed per million people for the same year.
STAT AMOUNT DATE RANK HISTORY
Age of criminal responsibility 10 2014 41st out of 58
Age of criminal responsibility (notes) The Child Justice Act 75 of 2008 came into effect 1 April 2010. There is a rebuttable presumption that a child between the ages of 10 and 14 lacks criminal capacity. 2014
Assault rate 1,188 2011 4th out of 93
Assaults 1,188 2002 1st out of 12
Auto theft 201.6 2002 1st out of 8
Believes crime increasing in the past 3 years 78.12 2014 14th out of 93
Burglaries 852.8 2002 1st out of 6
Car thefts 93,133 2002 9th out of 73
Car thefts per 1000 2.05 2002 19th out of 73
Crime levels 86.27 2014 6th out of 93
Death penalty > Abolition date 1,997 1997 4th out of 4
Death penalty > Abolition for ordinary crimes 1,995 1995 1st out of 1
Death penalty > Last executed 1,991 1991 2nd out of 2
Drug offences 53,810 per 100,000 people 2000 4th out of 60
Drug related crime 116 2002 2nd out of 7
Drugs > Annual cannabis use 4.3% 2008 13th out of 28
Drugs > Lifetime cannabis use 8.4% 2003 6th out of 6
Drugs > Opiates use 0.3% 2004 9th out of 30
Fear of crime > Feels safe walking alone > At night 10.71 2014 87th out of 93
Fear of crime > Feels safe walking alone > During the day 39.49 2014 87th out of 92
Fear of crime > Violent hate crime 66.85 2014 5th out of 93
Fear of crime > Worries about being attacked 75.68 2014 7th out of 93
Fear of crime > Worries about being insulted 63.48 2014 9th out of 93
Fear of crime > Worries about being mugged or robbed 82.21 2014 5th out of 93
Fear of crime > Worries about car being stolen 77.59 2014 4th out of 93
Fear of crime > Worries about home break and enter 82.06 2014 3rd out of 93
Frauds 56,232 2002 10th out of 79
Gun ownership > Guns per 100 residents > 2007 12.7 2007 21st out of 29
Illicit drugs transshipment center for heroin, hashish, and cocaine, as well as a major cultivator of marijuana in its own right; cocaine and heroin consumption on the rise; world's largest market for illicit methaqualone, usually imported illegally from India through various east African countries, but increasingly producing its own synthetic drugs for domestic consumption; attractive venue for money launderers given the increasing level of organized criminal and narcotics activity in the region and the size of the South African economy 2011
Judges 4.3% 2002 6th out of 10
Judges and Magistrates 1,982 2002 18th out of 62
Justice system > Punishment > Capital punishment (last execution year) 1,989 2014 28th out of 44
Kidnappings 6.65 2004 2nd out of 13
Murder rate 34 2009
Murders > Per 100,000 people 69 2004 1st out of 122
Murders > WHO 39.5 2004 5th out of 184
Murders with firearms 31,918 2002 1st out of 48
Murders with firearms per million 700.98 2002 1st out of 48
Perceived problems > Illegal drugs 71.43 2014 10th out of 93
Perceived problems > Problem corruption and bribery 92.56 2014 10th out of 93
Perceived problems > Problem violent crimes including assault and armed robbery 86.94 2014 5th out of 93
Perceived problems > Property crimes including vandalism and theft 81.61 2014 7th out of 93
Police officers 343.5 1995 18th out of 43
Prisoners 181,944 prisoners 2002 8th out of 168
Prisoners > Female 2.2% 2003 106th out of 134
Prisoners > Per capita 402 per 100,000 people 2003 10th out of 164
Prisoners per 1000 4 prisoners 2002 11th out of 166
Prosecution rate 2,689 2006 6th out of 46
Punishment > Crimes possibly attracting life sentence ?? 2014
Punishment > Crimes requiring mandatory sentence Certain murder, rape and robbery 2014
Punishment > Has indefinite sentence No 2014
Punishment > Has life imprisonment Yes 2014
Punishment > Life sentence under the age of 18 or 21 ?? 2014
Punishment > Maximum length of sentence None 2014
Punishment > Minimum life sentence to serve before eligibility for requesting parole 10, 15, or 25 years 2014
Rape rate 132.4 2010 1st out of 57
Robberies 494.5 2002 1st out of 9
Sentence Length 48.08 2002 23th out of 46
Serious assault rate 576.5 2011 1st out of 78
Serious assaults 576.5 2002 1st out of 10
Software piracy rate 34% 2007 88th out of 106
Total crimes 2.68 million 2002 7th out of 82
Total crimes per 1000 58.94 2002 15th out of 81
United States extradition treaties > Entered into force June 25, 2001 2001
Violent crime > Gun crime > Guns per 100 residents 12.7 2014 48th out of 170
Violent crime > Intentional homicide rate 31 2012 4th out of 14
Violent crime > Murder rate 15,940 2010 3rd out of 86
Violent crime > Murder rate per million people 318.86 2010 11th out of 86
Violent crime > Murders 15,940 2010 3rd out of 86
Violent crime > Murders per million people 318.86 2010 11th out of 86
Violent crime > Rapes 66,196 2010 2nd out of 57
Violent crime > Rapes per million people 1,324.15 2010 1st out of 57

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Citation

"South Africa Crime Stats", NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/profiles/South-Africa/Crime/All-stats

South Africa Crime Profiles (Subcategories)

Death penalty 3 Prisoners 5
Drugs 3 Prosecutions 6
Fear of crime 9 Punishment 6
Perceived problems 4 Violent crime 8
  • South Africa has had the highest rape rate since 2004.
  • South Africa ranked first for assault rate amongst Emerging markets in 2011.
  • South Africa ranked first for prisoners amongst Sub-Saharan Africa in 2002.
  • South Africa ranked third for murders > WHO amongst Christian countries in 2004.
  • South Africa has had the highest violent crime > rapes per million people since 2004.

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It shocks me to learn that people still think that what is happening in SA is acceptable.
Wake up to the facts. I stil have family living their and I pray every day that they will survive another day in what I like to call " slow moving civil war" .

Posted on 19 Jun 2011

Gerrie

Gerrie

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I was 3 years old when we overcame Apartheid, so I don't remember any of it. I know many people who have been affected by crime in some way. And yes, certain things in this country is corrupt. But show me one country that is 100% crime free and 100% non-corrupt.

Despite our situation, I love living in South Africa and I think it is the most beautiful country.

Posted on 26 Mar 2011

ProudlySA

ProudlySA

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I am a South African and i love my country! In 1994 we overcame Apartheid. In 2010 we became the first African country to host a world cup (during which not a single tourist was harmed despite these statistics). And in 2020 we wish to host the 2020 Olympics. South Africa is coming up in the world

It hurts me to see so many South Africans leave. Instead of investing their skills and knowledge in their own country, and bettering their own country, they are choosing to invest it in other countries. How can we, as a Nation, move forward if our own people choose to abandon us? South Africa needs people who want change and who are willing to make that change happen!

Posted on 07 Feb 2011

PROUDLY SOUTH AFRICAN

PROUDLY SOUTH AFRICAN

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It is so wonderful to sleep without any fear, drive to work without any fear, play outdside with your kids without any fear, and plan your future without any fear! Yes, it IS POSSIBLE! We have left with two suitcases each to the USA in 2002. SA is the most beautiful country with generally the most friendly/humble people, BUT nothing can compare to living in a safe place and secure future. GOD BLESS AMERICA, please help South Africa.

Posted on 16 Jan 2011

Thank heavens!

Thank heavens!

0

I woke up this morning in South Africa as I have been doing now for 25 years. I drove my car to work and was not hi-jacked, killed or raped. Worked throughout the day and was never held hostage, drove back home and got there safe and sound, as I have doing for the past 25 years! Bad things happen everywhere in the world, it is individuals who do these things, South Africa and its people as a collective is loving, warm people! As an added bonus, here in South Africa we may NEVER have to worry about Volcanoes, hurricanes and all other natural disasters. LOVE BEING HERE!

Posted on 12 Nov 2010

SA-B-GREAT

SA-B-GREAT

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We left southern Africa to live in Australia, We left because we had been car jacked, robbed and shot at a numerous amount of time ... my mother was shot and my best friendssister was raped. Its such a shame . South Africa is such a beautifull country. :(

Posted on 14 Aug 2010

Keagan Roos

Keagan Roos

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You stats are wrong for South Afriva

the deasth penalty doesnt even exist.

fin someone else to make look bad. shame on you

Posted on 07 Jul 2010

Croba

Croba

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Sadly, South Africans are generally so gullible and naive!

Crime in South Africa in the political "Apartheid" era was largely restricted to the informal settlements and designated townships, ie. crimes amongst the black people. Now the barriers containing crime in those traditional areas have been removed and now freely roams the streets anywhere and everywhere.

White Caucasian settlements around the world benefit from lower crime rates - FACT! It's a genetic thing, but many would not understand this!

Posted on 06 Jul 2010

Henry

Henry

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I'm a proud white South African. Please open your eyes and see that there is alot of people trying hard to make this country work. We are hosting a great World Cup and your bitterness is not needed.Yes i have been affected by crime.

Posted on 29 Jun 2010

Gideon Burger

Gideon Burger

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Haha, I love all the idiots who now say it is time to leave SA due to the crime. You obviously thought it was all fine during the apartheid era when crime was covered up by white police, the infrastructure only had to support 5% of the population, and black school kids were shot amd murdered by police. In my estimation, I far prefer SA today than what it was.

Posted on 22 May 2010

Proud SA

Proud SA

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This looks like one of the externally clean pots with dirts in the interior, I'm afraid...

Posted on 05 Apr 2010

Tola

Tola

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It doesn't matter how much you love SOuth Africa. If you're white South Africa does not love you

Posted on 05 Apr 2010

scrambled

scrambled

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You are right not to believe these statistics. The majority of crimes in SA are NEVER reported. Things are WORSE than this page can even say!! SA has gone to the dogs...

Posted on 07 Mar 2010

Hard Rain

Hard Rain

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LOL... these are such lies man. yea the crime at home is bad but cumonnnn now.... 80 murders a day?... and even still, there's no place like home... S.A rocks man!!!!

Posted on 21 Feb 2010

siso N

siso N

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Stats are based on incentives of the "expert" providing the stats. We know that between 1990 and 1996 Atlanta (US) under reported all its crimes stats and 22 000 doc on crime went missing. So, it depends how powerful a country you are and which "expert" is brown-nosed by who.

Posted on 09 Nov 2009

saproudly

saproudly