Find Out Where South Africa’s Worst Murder And Robbery Hotspots Are

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Every year, the SAPS provides crime data showing where crimes are taking place in South Africa – but the data doesn’t always paint the whole picture.

The community surveys conducted by Stats SA give insight into how crime affects people on a household level and includes unreported crimes.

The survey finds that the vast majority of South African households experienced no crime over the past year with only 7.5% saying they did.

Unsurprisingly, the most populous provinces recorded the most crime – but what is surprising is that so-called “crime capital”, Gauteng, is only the second worst behind the Western Cape.

Nearly one in 10 (9.7%) households in the Western Cape experienced crime, followed by Gauteng with 9.1%. The North West with 7.6% was the only other province above average.

Only 4.2% of households in Limpopo claimed to have experienced criminal activity.

Provinces where households report experiencing crime

Province Experienced Crime % of households
Western Cape 188 000 9.7%
Gauteng 448 000 9.1%
North West 94 000 7.6%
Mpumalanga 91 000 7.4%
KwaZulu-Natal 197 000 6.9%
Northern Cape 24 000 6.8%
Eastern Cape 109 000 6.2%
Free State 57 000 6.0%
Limpopo 67 000 4.2%
South Africa  1 276 000 7.5%

10.8% of white households said they had experienced crime, ahead of Indian households (8.4%), coloured households (7.7%) and black households (7.1%).

When it comes to feeling safe, Limpopo household responses reflect their experience of crime in the province, where almost 90% of people said they felt safe during the day.

Similarly, the Western Cape reflected the same data, with the lowest levels of safety during the day (70.7%).

However, at night, attitudes change, where households in the Eastern Cape are most afraid (30.5% said they feel safe), while respondents in the Northern Cape feel the safest (47.8%).

It’s interesting to note that, despite having experienced the most crime in the past 12 months, white households feel the safest at both day and at night (83% and 49%, respectively).

Types of crimes experienced

Housebreakings, robbery, and home robbery were the top three crimes hitting South African households in the past 12 months.

The tables below show the experience of each crime by province, in terms of number of households that experienced them (rounded), expressed as a percent of all households in the province.

Housebreaking

Province Experienced Crime % of households
Gauteng 213 000 4.4%
Western Cape 78 000 4.1%
Mpumalanga 50 000 4.1%
North West 45 000 3.6%
KwaZulu-Natal 95 000 3.3%
Northern Cape 11 000 3.1%
Free State 26 000 2.8%
Eastern Cape 46 000 2.6%
Limpopo 35 000 2.2%
South Africa 599 000 3.6%

Robbery

Province Experienced Crime % of households
Western Cape 69 000 3.6%
Gauteng 140 000 2.9%
Eastern Cape 36 000 2.1%
KwaZulu-Natal 55 000 1.9%
Mpumalanga 23 000 1.9%
North West 22 000 1.8%
Northern Cape 5 000 1.5%
Free State 14 000 1.4%
Limpopo 13 000 0.8%
South Africa 377 000 2.3%

Home Robbery

Province Experienced Crime % of households
Gauteng 111 000 2.3%
Western Cape 42 000 2.2%
Mpumalanga 23 000 1.9%
North West 21 000 1.7%
KwaZulu-Natal 45 000 1.6%
Eastern Cape 26 000 1.5%
Free State 14 000 1.4%
Northern Cape 5 000 1.3%
Limpopo 17 000 1.1%
South Africa 303 000 1.8%

Theft of motor vehicle

Province Experienced Crime % of households
Gauteng 29 000 0.6%
Western Cape 12 000 0.6%
KwaZulu-Natal 9 000 0.3%
North West 4 000 0.3%
Mpumalanga 3 000 0.3%
Eastern Cape 4 000 0.2%
Free State 2 000 0.2%
Limpopo 2 000 0.1%
Northern Cape
South Africa 66 000 0.4%

Theft of livestock

Province Experienced Crime % of households
Kwa Zulu Natal 11 000 0.4%
North West 5 000 0.4%
Eastern Cape 6 000 0.3%
Mpumalanga 3 000 0.3%
Gauteng 8 000 0.2%
Limpopo 3 000 0.2%
Free State 2 000 0.2%
Western Cape 2 000 0.1%
Northern Cape
South Africa 40 000 0.2%

Murder

Province Experienced Crime % of households
KwaZulu-Natal 5 000 0.2%
Western Cape 4 000 0.2%
Eastern Cape 3 000 0.2%
Gauteng 7 000 0.1%
North West 2 000 0.1%
Mpumalanga 2 000 0.1%
Limpopo 2 000 0.1%
Free State
Northern Cape
South Africa 25 000 0.2%

In terms of the number of households affected by these crimes, black respondents suffered the most – however as a percentage of the population, white households are the most affected in every crime category – except murder.

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