Shocking crime levels in Gauteng

A new survey has found that almost a quarter of Gauteng residents have been a victim of crime in the past year.

Conducted by the Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO), the Quality of Life Survey (QoL) 2013 questioned 25,000 people to find satisfaction levels with governance in the province.

“This third survey by the GCRO is probably the largest ever survey of social attitudes in Gauteng, with a sample of 27,493 respondents, and is accurate to ward level.”

“This remarkably powerful dataset has been analysed and mapped at city-region, city and ward level, to give both overview results and fine-grained ward-level comparisons,” said GCRO executive director, Professor David Everatt.

Crime impact in Gauteng
Crime impact in Gauteng

Lesedi, Mogale City, Merafong City, Tshwane and Gauteng all showed an upwards trend in crime, with Lesedi up from 15% to 26% between 2011 and 2013.

Meanwhile, 25% of Tshwane residents reported being a victim of crime in 2013, against the Gauteng average of 23%.

Midvaal, however, saw a reduction to 19%, from 33% in 2009, while Randfontein was perceived as the safest  area with only 18% of respondents reporting being a victim of crime over the past year.

Victim of crime map
Victim of crime map

Westonaria, (63%), Emfuleni (62%), Randfontein (56%), Lesedi (54%), Merafong (53%), and Johannesburg (51%) have the highest perceptions that crime has worsened.

Perception of crime in Gauteng
Perception of crime in Gauteng

Further responses from those surveyed indicate that 12% of Gauteng residents feel unsafe or very unsafe walking the streets during the day – a figure which skyrockets to 68% at night.

The highest proportion (19%) of residents in the Westonaria municipality feel unsafe during the day, while Emfuleni residents (82%) feel most unsafe at night.

Walking safely in Gauteng
Walking safely in Gauteng

In March, a report released by the Mexican research group Seguridad, Justicia y Paz (Security, Justice and Peace), revealed Cape Town to be the most violent city in South Africa.

With 51 murders per 100,000 people, Cape Town ranked as the most violent city in the country for its 3.7 million residents – and the 20th most violent in the world.

In April, a United Nations report noted that South Africa has managed to more than halve its murder rate, from 64.5 per 100,000 people in 1995, to 31.0 (16,259 murders) in 2012 – however, the country remains the 8th most violent, and the most violent in Africa.

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