Crime stats: The national view

Social-fabric crime statistics are more a measure of how people relate to one another than how well the criminal justice system is working. (Gallo)

Social-fabric crime statistics are more a measure of how people relate to one another than how well the criminal justice system is working. (Gallo)

Crime statistics for the year up to March released in Pretoria this week have shown increases in serious crimes, including murder, sexual crimes and robbery, although assault decreased in the country as a whole.

The number of reported murders increased by 4.2%, sexual crimes increased by 2.9%, and reports of attempted murder jumped by a tenth.

But a deeper analysis of the numbers tells a more nuanced story about South African society. How are we treating one another? Social-fabric crimes are by and large committed between people known to one another, often within homes, behind closed doors or in social settings. The vast majority are considered either extremely difficult or plain impossible to prevent through police action.
That makes them a better measure of how people relate to one another socially than of how well the criminal justice sector is working. 

Phillip de Wet

Phillip de Wet

Phillip de Wet writes about politics, society, economics, and the areas where these collide. He has never been anything other than a journalist, though he has been involved in starting new newspapers, magazines and websites, a suspiciously large percentage of which are no longer in business. PGP fingerprint: CF74 7B0F F037 ACB9 779C 902B 793C 8781 4548 D165 Read more from Phillip de Wet

Client Media Releases

Utility outages: looking at the big picture
UKZN scientists get L'Or'eal-UNESCO Women in Science grants
Springbok-mania hits MTN head office
Optimise your SMS campaigns this Black Friday