Violent crime threat to SA

High levels of violent crime incidents are frightening the South African society, according to survey by the South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR).

Published recently, the survey indicated that violent crimes affect men and women as well as children.

Data on contact crimes involving men, women and children shows that 17 251 of the 21 036 murders in 2019 were male victims; sexual offences against women accounted for 69% (36 597) of the total and children were victims in 46% (24 387) of sexual offences.

Duwayne Esau, SAIRR communication officer, said that while violent crimes against women and children are committed predominantly by men, male victims account for a high proportion of violent crime.

“Women and children are often the victims of violence perpetrated by people in their intimate circle, and, overwhelmingly, by men they know,” he said.

The survey shows that men account for the highest number of violent crimes – murder or crimes causing serious injury – involving weapons. Findings revealed that men account for 63,8% of all serious assault cases, women (31,6%) and children (4,6%).

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