Murder hits black households the most, report

According to the South African Police Service 16 259 people were murdered in 2013. (David Harrison, M&G)

According to the South African Police Service 16 259 people were murdered in 2013. (David Harrison, M&G)

Eighty-one percent of all murders in South Africa take place in the homes of black people, the South African Institute for Race Relations said.

Because 79% of South African households – according to the latest census figures – are black, this figure shows black people are impacted proportionally harder by murder than other population groups.

Of the 14.6-million households in South Africa, 79% are black, 11% are white, 7.3% are coloured and 2.3% are Indian, says Statistics South Africa.

"It can't be true to say that one racial group, especially whites, are targeted more than another," said Frans Cronje, the incoming CEO of SAIRR. "And I don't think it is a tendency that will change quickly."

According to the South African Police Service 16 259 people were murdered in 2013. – Sapa

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