The State of Crime and Safety in South African Cities Report 2022

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01 Oct 2023

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This report analyses the state of crime and violence in nine of South Africa’s major cities: Johannesburg, Cape Town, eThekwini, Ekurhuleni, Tshwane, Nelson Mandela Bay, Mangaung, Buffalo City and Msunduzi.

The analysis is based on data derived from SAPS’ annual crime statistics for the financial year 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022. While this data is released at national, provincial and police precinct levels, for this report, police precinct data has been aggregated to the city level to provide a better understanding of the public safety challenges at a more localised level. Through this, the intention is to provide meaningful data to support decision-making regarding the interventions needed. In addition, the continuous time series of citylevel crime statistics spans 17 years, from 2005/06 to 2021/22, offering a view of longitudinal trends of selected crimes in these cities.

This report was made possible by the commitment and direction of the SA Cities Urban Safety Reference Group (USRG), convened by the South African Cities Network (SACN). The project is also supported through the financial contribution and technical guidance of the Inclusive Violence and Crime Prevention Programme (VCP) implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).