The 10 worst areas for crime in every province in South Africa

South Africa’s city centres are the biggest crime hot spots across the country, according to new data.

Crimestatssa.com has broken down the latest SAPS crimes stats for 2019 regionally, to show which areas across South Africa’s nine provinces had the most reported crimes between April 2018 and March 2019.

In South Africa, crimes need to be reported at the police station that is closest to where the crime took place, giving a fair indication of the crime levels in the general region the police station is found in.

It should be noted, however, that station statistics may encompass more areas than just where the station is located.

For example, a station in a remote area may represent the reported crimes of several neighbourhoods and small towns surrounding it, as it is the only station available to service those areas.

There are approximately 1,140 police stations in the country.

Crime levels are often tied to population numbers, thus is comes as no surprise that Gauteng, the Western Cape and KwaZulu Natal rank as the three provinces worst-affected by crime.

These provinces are home the three most populous metro areas in the country – and across all three provinces, the city centres had the most reported crimes.

While Gauteng has the highest number of crimes, the worst precincts are still generally found in the Western Cape.


Gauteng

Total crimes reported for Gauteng in 2018/19 came to 563,794, with the top 10 worst precincts accounting for 17% of this (95,893). The worst area, Johannesburg Central, accounted for 2.5% of total crimes reported in the province.

Precinct Number of crimes
Johannesburg Central 14 058
Honeydew 11 180
Pretoria Central 10 791
Hillbrow 9 302
Sunnyside 9 245
Temba 9 156
Dobsonville 8 420
Kempton Park 8 038
Sandton 7 945
Midrand 7 758

Western Cape

In 2018/19, there were 436,259 crimes reported in the Western Cape. The worst crime area is Cape Town Central, with 16,246 reported crimes (3.7% of the total). The 10 worst precincts together make up 23.5% of all reported crimes in the province (102,363 crimes).

Precinct Number of crimes
Cape Town Central 16 246
Mitchells Plain 15 205
Kraaifontein 11 071
Delft 10 221
Nyanga 9 324
Worcester 8 924
Bellville 8 159
Stellenbosch 7 892
Mfuleni 7 731
Kleinvlei 7 590

KwaZulu-Natal

KZN had 311,505 reported crimes in the period under assessment, with the 10 worst precincts accounting for 78,990 of those – or 25.4% of the total. As is the trend in most provinces, the urban centre is comes with the highest number of reported crimes: Durban Central, with 14,436 crimes (4.6% of the provincial total).

Precinct Number of crimes
Durban Central 14 436
Umlazi 8 388
Phoenix 8 146
Pinetown 7 771
Plessislaer 7 586
Inanda 6 865
Kwaduza 6 753
Umbilo 6 465
Empangeni 6 308
Pietermaritzburg 6 272

Eastern Cape

In the Eastern Cape there were 191,777 reported crimes, with the 10 worst areas accounting for 47,597 of these (24.8%). The worst precinct is East London, where 7,155 crimes were reported (3.7% of the total).

Precinct Number of crimes
East London 7 155
Mount Road 5 343
Humewood 5 034
Cambridge 4 574
Bethelsdorp 4 563
Mthatha 4 431
King William’s Town 4 232
Gelvandale 4 201
Walmer 4 033
Kwazakele 4 031

Limpopo

Total crimes reported for Limpopo in 2018/19 came to 116,768, with the top 10 worst precincts accounting for 35.9% of this (41,970). The worst area, Polokwane, accounted for 6.2% of total crimes reported in the province.

Precinct Number of crimes
Polokwane 7 243
Mankweng 5 699
Seshego 5 607
Thohoyandou 5 098
Mahwelereng 3 531
Lebowakgomo 3 262
Tzaneen 3 090
Westenburg 2 979
Bela Bela 2 908
Giyani 2 553

Mpumalanga

In 2018/19, there were 116,340 crimes reported in Mpumalanga. The worst crime area is Witbank, with 9,526 reported crimes (8.2% of the total). The 10 worst precincts together make up 39.7% of all reported crimes in the province (46,151 crimes).

Precinct Number of crimes
Witbank 9 526
Nelspruit 6 762
Middelburg 6 001
Vosman 5 482
Ermelo 3 525
Kwamhlanga 3 518
Piet Retief 3 215
Embalenhle 3 178
Mhluzi 2 532
Delmas 2 412

North West

North West had 112,377 reported crimes in the period under assessment, with the 10 worst precincts accounting for 48,489 of those – or 43.1% of the total. Rustenburg was the precinct with the most reported crimes, with 8,108 crimes (7.2% of the provincial total).

Precinct Number of crimes
Rustenburg 8 109
Potchefstroom 6 589
Klerksdorp 5 391
Brits 4 874
Mafikeng 4 705
Ikageng 4 448
Boitekong 4 116
Jouberton 3 581
Mmabatho 3 561
Lichtenburg 3 116

Free State

In the Free State there were 105,180 reported crimes, with the 10 worst areas accounting for 42,817 of these (40.7%). The worst precinct is Park Road, where 11,370 crimes were reported (10.8% of the total).

Precinct Number of crimes
Park Road 11 370
Welkom 5 635
Thabong 4 013
Bethlehem 3 816
Phuthaditjhaba 3 365
Bloemspruit 3 173
Zamdela 2 954
Kagisanong 2 943
Odendaalsrus 2 812
Harrismith 2 736

Northern Cape

Total crimes reported for the Northern Cape in 2018/19 came to 49,204, with the top 10 worst precincts accounting for 48.3% of this (23,775). The worst area, Kimberly, accounted for 14.7% of total crimes reported in the province.

Precinct Number of crimes
Kimberly 7 217
Galeshewe 3 357
Upington 2 417
Roodepan 1 889
Kagisho 1 767
Kuruman 1 682
kathu 1 582
Rosedale 1 395
Mothibistad 1 370
Douglas 1 099

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