The rainbow nation – cauldron of crime

Another day, more shocking headlines of another life lost to crime.  RIP Senzo Meyiwa. While headline stories like Shrien Dewani, Oscar and the latest high profile murder of Meyiwa occasionally draw attention to the high rate of crime in our country, crime never sleeps, it never rests, and it never pauses for a second.  Most people are not even aware of how bad it really is, which is why I’d like to draw attention to the SAPS reported crime stats below which relate to the period 1 April 1994 – 31 March 2014.Kevin_KingNote that these figures should be regarded as the minimum as many crimes are not reported to the police.

Murder

During this period, the SAPS reported a total of 409,954 murders.  That equates to 20,497 per year, 56 per day.  A murder occurred every 26 minutes.

Culpable Homicide

We’re all aware of this crime category given the latest developments in the Oscar Pistorius trial.  Besides murder, this is the only other crime in which a life is taken by another and one would assume it would be serious.  Unfortunately it is seldom mentioned in the media and often left out of police reports and if you look at the official crime stats presented by the police each year, it’s not classified as a “Serious Crime”.  It’s a fact; the killing of Reeva Steenkamp is not classified as a “Serious Crime” according to the SAPS.

During this period, the SAPS reported a total of 243,939 culpable homicides.  That equates to 12,197 per year, 33 per day.  A culpable homicide has occured every 43 minutes.

This means that during this period, a total of 653,893 have been killed in reported homicides.  That equates to 32,695 per year, 90 per day.  A homicide occurred every 16 minutes.

Serious Crimes

Here are the numbers for the 20 categories of “Serious Crimes” reported by the SAPS during this period:

  • Murder: Total – 409,954; Per year – 20,498; Per day – 56
  • Attempted murder: Total – 477,024; Per year – 23,851; Per day – 65
  • Assault with the intent to inflict grievous bodily harm: Total – 4,544,244; Per year 227,212; Per day – 622
  • Total sexual offences: Total – 1,240,461; Per year – 62,023; Per day – 170 (Estimates of actual sexual offences range between 6m (conservative) and 25m (aggressive))
  • Common Assault: Total – 4,321,777; Per year – 216,089; Per day – 592
  • Robbery with Aggravating circumstances: Total – 2,138,054; Per year – 106,903; Per day – 293
  • Common Robbery: Total – 1,335,212; Per year – 66,761; Per day – 183
  • Burglary at business premises: Total – 1,522,418; Per year – 76,121; Per day – 209
  • Burglary at residential premises: Total – 5,310,740; Per year – 265,537; Per day – 727
  • Theft of motor vehicle/cycle: Total – 1,716,024; Per year – 85,801; Per day – 235
  • Theft out of motor vehicle: Total – 3,172,934; Per year – 158,647; Per day – 435
  • Stock theft: Total – 728,785; Per year – 36,439; Per day – 100
  • Arson: Total – 165,261; Per year – 8,263; Per day – 23
  • Malicious damage to property: Total – 2,703,183; Per year – 135,159; Per day – 370
  • Illegal possession of guns/ammunition: Total – 287,106; Per year – 14,355; Per day – 39
  • Drug related crime: Total – 1,905,573; Per year – 95,279; Per day – 261
  • Driving under the influence: Total – 796,022; Per year – 39801; Per day – 109
  • Other theft: Total – 8,866,946; Per year – 443,347; Per day – 1,215
  • Commercial Crimes: Total – 1,362,433; Per year – 68,122; Per day – 187
  • Shoplifting: Total – 1,387,513; Per year – 69,378; Per day – 190

This equates to a grand total of: 44,391,664 “Serious Crimes” reported in this period.  That means 2,219,583 per year, 6081 per day.

Then there are also the crimes that do not fall under the “Serious Crimes” category:

  • Kidnapping & Abduction: Total – 103,186; Per year – 5,159; Per day – 14
  • Negligent & Ill treatment of children: Total – 69,990; Per year – 3,450; Per day – 10
  • Crimen Injuria: Total – 830,653; Per year – 41,532; Per day – 114
  • Culpable Homicide (including Reeva Steenkamp and Jub Jub victims): Total – 243,939; Per year – 12,197, Per day – 33

Including these not-so-serious crimes, the grand total of crimes reported by the SAPS for this period is:  45,639,432.  That means 2,281,972 per year, 6252 per day.

Bear in mind that our prison population sits at approximately 160,000…

  • Johann Theron

    It would have been nice if you could equate SA crime with Afro-American crime levels and the corresponding incarceration rates – perhaps.

  • Nico

    “This means that during this period, a total of 653,893 have been killed in reported homicides.” I live in Saskatchewan in Canada and this number is the combined population of the 4 biggest cities in the province, Saskatoon, Regina, Prince Albert and Moose Jaw wiped out Man en muis. Ongelooflik, ongelooflik, ongelooflik!!!

    The population of Saskatchewan is 1 100 000 the total homicides plus attempted murder is more than the total population of Saskatchewan.
    Homicides in Canada 1992 – 2012 was 12 493 cases in Saskatchewan 652
    Homicide rate 1992 is 2.5/100 000 and in 2012 it is 1.5/100 000
    No wonder even police officers find it hard to believe when one tell them about the wonderful Democratic Peepols’ Banana Rapapblic of Azania.