Jealousy the main reason for workplace assaults - survey

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Johannesburg - Jealousy makes you nasty and, statistically, most workplace assaults are due to professional envy, according to the Victims of Crime Survey released on Wednesday.

The survey, conducted by the Statistician General, was conducted in conjunction with the SAPS and based on a national representative sample size of approximately 30 000 households between the period 2011 to 2014/15.  

The main objective of the study was to explore the factors which increase or decrease the risk of "social fabric related or selected contact crimes" in South Africa.

Researchers explored assaults experienced by those aged 16 and older, where the attacks took place, the relationship of the victim and the perpetrator, and the type of weapons used.

Motives behind assaults

Anger was the most likely driver for assaults in the home, in the street, or in social venues. Jealousy was the main reason for assaults in the workplace.

In the workplace, 42% of assaults were attributed to jealousy, 38% due to a money-related motive and 21% due to anger.

Attempted robbery was the lowest recorded motive of assault in the home, street and places of revelry.

In the home, 45% of assaults were motivated by anger towards a family member, and only 5% as a result of attempted robbery.

In most assaults no weapons were used but, when they were, knives appeared to be the weapon of choice.  

Assault in the streets

The most common place people were assaulted was in the street outside shops or officers, at 39%, followed by in the home, at 33%, and at places of entertainment, 11%.

Young people were more likely to be assaulted in the street, while the older generation was most likely to be attacked at home.

Victim-offender relationships

Spouses or lovers were the main perpetrators of assaults within the home. Of all the assaults that took place in the home, 44% were perpetrated by a spouse or lover, 35% by a person known to the victim, and 21% by a stranger.

When attacked in the street, most victims did not know their attackers directly.   

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