Some cities saw double-digit percentage increases in … It has a population of 433,688 within city limits and 3.74 million in the entire metro area, … [citation needed]. [79] In 2006 there were 467 reported cases, 400 in 2007/2008,[78] 119 in 2012, 180 in 2014, 370 in 2017, 116 in 2018 and 90 in 2019. [212] Municipal land may also be sold illegally by self-appointed council agents. The ranking comes … If the driver stops he is boxed in and abducted. Since the last election, the number of murders has continued to rise each year. According to Cele, Umlazi and Inanda townships are the murder hotspots in the KwaZulu-Natal. Fake tax practitioners or tax experts make promises that they can secure refunds from SARS, or offer to assist with PAYE submissions. [161] In 2018 South Africa incurred R80 billion in irregular expenditure due to outstanding audits and incomplete information,[162][163] and passing of municipal budgets may be subject to bribes. South Africa has the highest rape rate in the world of 132.4 reported incidents for every 100,000 people. This spate included the murder of a significant number of people, including members of the South African Police Service, killed while on duty. ), violent crimes (being mugged or robbed, being attacked or insulted), corruption and other crimes. South Africa murder/homicide rate for 2014 was 32.60, a 2.84% increase from 2013. Consequently, the number of enclosed neighbourhoods (existing neighbourhoods that have controlled access across existing roads)[241] in Gauteng has continued to grow. [165] Lawyers acting as conveyancers have also colluded with politicians to defraud government in various land acquisition deals. According to the survey, 45% of cases involved a perpetrator between the ages of 31 and 40: 64% of con men held a high school education or less. [166][123], Fake professionals render valueless services to the public or con them out of their livelihoods. Police crime statistics provide only limited insight into the nature of crime and violence. Police crime statistics provide only limited insight into the nature of crime and violence. Information about crime in Durban, South Africa. [244] A December 2008 BBC documentary, Law and Disorder in Johannesburg, examined such firms in the Johannesburg area, including the Bad Boyz security company. In addition, the South African Police Service says that 2.1 million “serious crimes” were reported in their 2016/17 period. South Africa has one of the highest femicide rates anywhere in the world. [210][211] Proposals to curb these crimes include installation of CCTV cameras, raids on scrap-yards, closure of illegal ones and daily updates of theft statistics. The estimated 30,000 illegal miners are organised by criminal syndicates which infiltrate industrial gold mines, where they employ violent means and exploitative working conditions. “The DA welcomes the inclusion of farm attacks in the crime statistics but calls on SAPS to accelerate the full implementation of the rural safety strategy,” said Whitfield. Attempted murder rose by 4.1% and sexuall offences by 4.6% and according to police statistics there was 47 farm murders. In addition, the South African Police Service says that 2.1 million “serious crimes” were reported in their 2016/17 period. Truck drivers were shot at, with some injured and one killed. [125][126][127] In 2015 the government implemented additional protective measures relating to RDP properties, after many scams relating to transactions in RDP plots and houses came to light. [21] Water tanks were installed at KwaZulu-Natal schools at multiples of their commercial value, a R168 million tender for water and sewer project in the Eastern Cape was not delivered by the municipal manager, a R4.8 million tender for a Covid-19 awareness campaign cannot be accounted for, and a R37 million tender issued under the emergency regulations by the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure, resulted in a poorly constructed fence at Beit Bridge border post of which large parts were soon stolen. [52], Homicides per 100,000 from April to March:[53][54][55][56], The country has one of the highest rates of rape in the world, with some 65,000 rapes and other sexual assaults reported for the year ending in March 2012, or 127.6 per 100,000 people in the country. Preventive police operations on N1, N2, N7, R300, M9 and R102 highways are aimed at reducing crime on these roads,[72] and Durban Metro Police has established a street crime unit that will attend to attacks on motorists in the city. [49] In the 2016/17 year, the rate of murders increased to 52 a day, with 19,016 murders recorded between April 2016 to March 2017. #CrimeStats”, The DA said it will urgently write to Cele to provide clarity on several problematic and confusing aspects of the annual crime statistics for 2019/2020… including statistics concerning rape in which the Minister said the overall number of rapes increased by 1.7% to 42 289 cases, but rapes against women and children decreased by 15.8% to 25 801 cases. [108][109] Hundreds of foreigners had to seek safety, while twelve people were killed and dozens of small businesses belonging to foreigners were looted or completely destroyed. [230] The trade in heroin, ultimately obtained from Afghanistan, has gained a foothold in rural areas, towns and cities. Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. [147] When the FSCA intervenes by placing poorly run pension funds under curatorship, it results in exorbitant management fees. 6. Mainly, it can be said that it is a country consisting of two countries. Sources: DA, SAPS, SANews.gov.za, AfriForum, Jenni is the co-founder and chief editor of SAPeople.com, co-author of The Expat Confessions and co-parent of three gorgeous daughters. 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[5] Violent and non-violent crimes in South Africa have been ascribed to: The country relies on a criminal justice system that is mired in many issues, including inefficiency and corruption. [90] These crimes against farmers and their black or white staff[91][92] have gained notable press, given the country's past racial tensions. In the call of duty during this pandemic, the SAPS lost a total number of 113 police officers, while 12 138 have contracted the virus with 254 hospitalised and 4 904 recoveries. We are indeed turning the tide against crime.”. The number of households that experienced this crime in the five years preceding the survey has increased from 2,1 million in 2015/16 to 2,3 million in 2019/20. However, in the same category, Carjacking and Truck hijacking have recorded an increase of 13, 3% and 1, 7% respectively. South Africa had the fifth highest murder rate in the world in 2015, according to data compiled by the UN. Private security firms promise response times of two to three minutes. [167] Fake school, tertiary or other certificates are a fairly widespread phenomenon and are easy to come by. [140] In 2011, 20,000 clothing workers lost their pension money after highly paid consultants secured a loan for Canyon Springs, a repurposed shell company. “Over the past seven years murder has risen by 35%,” the Institute for Security Studies announcedin reaction to the crime statistics. Crime rates in South Africa. Ordnance is regularly stolen from the security forces or security firms, When suspects are apprehended, the police lack experience to prepare a thorough. [48] Nonetheless, murder statistics are considered accurate. Many SAPS officers accept bribes from the criminal underworld, especially when their superiors and seniors are visibly on the take. In the final nine-month stretch of 2016, there were more than 14,000 homicides. [119][120] Formerly land grabs were typically carried out by locals while expanding their cramped informal settlements. [47] There have been numerous press reports on the manipulation of crime statistics that have highlighted the existence of incentives not to record violent crime. [214], Illegal connections to the power grid is a common problem in major centers. [176] An additional R30 million of illegal tenders in Kwazulu-Natal, besides tenders in the Eastern Cape, are under investigation and do not appear to comply with the national treasury's regulations on the emergency purchases of supplies and services. This page was last edited on 10 January 2021, at 11:02. [137] Social security cards may be stolen and offered for sale, or non-existing services may be offered to facilitate grants. Locally avocado fetches up to R25 per fruit in 2020, while macadamia, of which South Africa is the largest producer, fetches up to $25 per pound internationally. Afghanistan has the fourth-highest crime rate. ), violent crimes (being mugged or robbed, being attacked or insulted), corruption and other crimes. The city of Durban is located on the east coast of South Africa in the province of KwaZulu-Natal and the municipality of eThekwini. [79], Automated teller machines are blown up, portable ATMs are stolen,[83] or persons who withdraw grants from these machines are targeted afterward. [218] In addition to private premises, there are syndicates that focus on defrauding Eskom. Afghanistan. In that year, there were 15,554 recorded murders. Indeed we are not where we want to be, however we are pleased with the improvements in most stubborn crime categories.”. [209] This reduced the city's annual financial loss due to copper theft from R22 million to under R500,000. [107] The 2019 spate of attacks in Gauteng were in part ascribed to premeditated criminality. 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It’s the third-largest city in South Africa and the busiest port in Africa. © Copyright 2020 - All Rights Reserved - SAPeople.com - Your Worldwide South African Community, News, Photos and Videos for SA Expats...the World is Your Perlemoen! [71] The torching of trucks in xenophobic attacks is an additional problem which flared up along the N3 route in April 2018, before spreading to other provinces.[74]. [51] In September 2019, the Nigerian president boycotted the Africa Economy Summit in Cape Town because of the riots against foreigners that left many dead. By 2018, 45% of municipalities have not implemented all procedures for reporting and investigating transgressions or fraud, while 74% were found to insufficiently follow up on such allegations. SA Police established that the Grade 1 learner was last seen with the suspect walking to a nearby shop. 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