Statistician General, Pali Lehohla says the perceptions that SA’s crime levels are increasing are unfounded, and that criminal activities have decreased in the country.
Lehohla’s assertion is based on the recently released results of 2014/15 Victims of Crime Survey which according to him, indicated that SA’s crime levels have stabilized.
Responding to a question, the statistician argued that criminal activities are not increasing in the country.
“The crime levels show that crime has stabilized,” he said. “It is moving in a path where it has stabilized. The perceptions are that crime has indeed increased; 43% of people believe that crime has increased and 38% believe that it has gone down and about 12% feel that it is staying the same,” Lehohla highlighted.
Below are some of the major findings of the survey.
- Households who are headed by females were more likely to experience murder when compared to male‐headed households.
- Most murder hot spots in South Africa were located in City of Cape Town, eThekwini, Mnquma, Sol Plaaitjie, Nala City of Matlosana, Polokwane, Emalahleni and Westonaria.
- Guns are the most commonly used weapon to commit murder in urban metros, and knives the most used in other urban and rural areas.
- Jealousy is the main motive for murder committed by people aged 15– 34. Whereas financial gains are the motives for murder committed by people aged 35–54 years.
- Gauteng had the highest percentages of sexual offence followed by Eastern Cape and Northern Cape.
- Sexual offence hot spots are Mogale City, Nelson Mandela Bay, Sol Plaaitjie, eThekwini, City of Matlosana, Polokwane, Nala, Theewaterskloof, and Mbombela.
- Females experienced sexual offence than their male counterparts.
- Sexual offence incidents are more likely to occur at home.
- Known people are the main perpetrators of sexual offence,
- And majority of incidents were committed by a spouse/lover.
- Assault was most prevalent in KwaZulu‐Natal, Western Cape and Eastern Cape.
- Assult hot spots in SA are located in the metropolitan areas; these include City of Cape Town, Nelson Mandela Bay and eThekwini
- More males experienced assault than females.