Youth disagree with crime stats: Survey

2012-09-26 18:15

Johannesburg - More than half of young South Africans disagree with the crime statistics released last week, consumer insights company Pondering Panda said on Wednesday.

"The results show that 62% of young South Africans think crime is increasing, compared to a year ago," Pondering Panda said in a statement.

"Of the remaining respondents, 19% feel that things are improving and an equal number feel that crime patterns remain the same."

The 2011/12 crime statistics, released by Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa last week, showed there was a decline in various serious crimes.

About 1 968 people, between the ages of 18 and 34, were polled across the country for the survey.

According to the results, more women (67%) than men (56%) thought crime was getting worse.

About 68% of whites, compared to 59% of blacks, thought the crime rate was increasing, and 74% of coloureds and 80% of Indians thought crime was up.

Butch Roce, of Pondering Panda, said the opinions of young South Africans did not match the official statistics.

"Government's claims that crime stats are improving is falling on deaf ears, as it is clearly not a perception shared by South African youth," he said.

"Other surveys we have conducted show that crime and unemployment are the two most important issues concerning young South Africans when considering their future prospects in this country."

Roce said young people's faith in the political process was being eroded.

"This can only result in alienation from the political process, with a resultant low turnout in the next election."

  • hash.jadawat - 2012-09-26 18:30

    I agree too.crime is on the highest...Bring back the DEATH PENALTY then the crime stats will drop by 80 percent.

      husaberg.twostroke - 2012-09-26 18:44

      Once again the ANC police will talk crap about the crime statistics because they themselves are so incompetent they have to lie in order to make themselves feel better. These people believe theire own lies.

      mattewis.kat - 2012-09-27 07:57

      With mainstream media calling murderers robbers, what can you expect? Even straight assassination hits are reported as being performed by "robbers". How can you expect accurate crime statistics when even the media can't get it right? @sean Of course the figures are fudged! They don't care about what the voters do(they fudge that too!), but they do (slightly) fear the international community maintaining the gravy level in the feeding troughs!

  • sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-09-26 18:34

    Ironically it is only the government who believe the crime stats, and they are the ones who doctored them! They think the people of SA are stupid and gullible. Think again, ANC, maybe we are NOT!

      sedick.gydien - 2012-09-26 22:51

      Even the government does not believe their own stats - that is why they live in security compounds, and have police as security wherever they go......

  • cordom - 2012-09-26 18:38

    You can't be serious with this article.This is bad journalism.

      tony.baxter.737 - 2012-09-27 11:17

      Cor-Dom: You should have sat in the front of the class rather.

  • lacrimosewolf - 2012-09-26 18:46

    Depends what's considered a crime in people's minds though. Seems there are many 'youth' who consider certain crimes to be perfectly acceptable, so much so that they're willing to die so that their heroes can keep committing them.

  • danie.strydom.7 - 2012-09-26 18:51

    Judging by the ANC Youth League, the youth will disagree with most things ..... and being a ''shrewd'' tender contractor doesn't mean fraud. It is just rectifying the past .. Roll on Africa

  • yaschoeman - 2012-09-26 19:00

    i rather have someone from the outside do the stats someone completely independent. no strings attached to gov @ all

      kevin.jordan.12914 - 2012-09-26 20:28

      do you think they would be supplied the real stats, everything from the current gov is rigged

  • Bra Tebzaah Sibilanga - 2012-09-26 19:45

    Its not only the youth who disagrees,the children,geriatrics,adults and new born babies totally disagrees with that crap that idiot mthethwa was spewing.

  • karoo.gypsy - 2012-09-26 19:48

    Kill the criminals ! No other way! Everyone ....of all races is sick to the bone of the crime in this country............the 'slapgat' government and its corrupt criminal employees.......start with them first and employ the death penalty........

  • khathutshelo.muafrica - 2012-09-26 20:13

    This thing Muthethwa thinks we r stupid srs

  • raul.curado.1 - 2012-09-26 21:25

    This has to do with leadership. When there is no leadership or a lack of it the consequences are the ones we see now: Health, Education, Policing all dysfunctional and you expect to have a say in the United Nations and represent the rest of the continent? What a joke! Fix your house first!

  • garth.philpot - 2012-09-26 22:26

    Thats because any improvement being made is not enough. now there are 42 murders a day instead of 43... anywhere else in the world this would be considered a war zone !!!

  • alf.pop - 2012-09-27 08:11

    Sean.wolf.3388: It is called massaging the truth, i.e. "auditing" the stats! Of course the figures are doctored! Just look at who is the main supplier of fire arms to criminals - THE SAPS! Makes you think - doesn't it?

  • amelia.basson - 2012-09-27 13:32

    They're 100% correct! These "stats" are doctored and the government thinks we're gullible enough to believe crime is on the decrease! By hiding and watering down the crime in SA, the government is trying to keep us ignorant and complacent. Also, people don't bother to report crime & rapes, because the police are too brutal and incompetent and just plain lazy, but mainly because THE POLICE THEMSELVES HAVE NOW BECOME THE CRIMINALS!

      amelia.basson - 2012-09-27 13:41

      South Africa is the CRIME, MURDER Capital of the World. According to South African Police Services: Murders 60 per DAY. According to Department of Home Affairs: Murders 83 per DAY. According to Medical Research Council: Murders 89 per DAY According to Interpol claims: Murders 149 per DAY. NOT A SINGLE ONE ON SABC TV. The reason for this under-reporting of MURDER and CRIME in South Africa could be the desire by the ANC Government to change the growing reputation of South Africa as the "crime capital of the world", this title is one any government would desperately want to lose as it would cause any potential investor to take his money elsewhere.

  • david.d.pape - 2012-10-06 07:21

    Be like some of those Arabian Countries - you steal - chop off your hands. You rape/murder - public hanging or stoning. Once the Government wake up and get rid of the criminals/murderers/rapists, we MIGHT just lose the title of Murder/Rapist/Theft Capital of the World. Alas though, crime in this Country pays - the more crime - the more security guards need to be employed.

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