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These are South Africa’s 10 crime hotspots


More than 132,527 cases of robbery with aggravating circumstances (house robbery and hijacking) were reported in the 2015/16 Crime Stats report released by the SA Police Service in early September. This up by 2.7% from last year’s 129,045 reported cases.

According to StatsSA’s Community Survey 2016, on average 7.5% of all South African households say they have been victims of crime.

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Broken down by province, 9.7% of Western Cape households say they were victims of crime, while Gauteng is second at 9.1% of households; third is North West (7.6%) and fourth is Mpumalanga (7.4%).

Provinces below the national average are KwaZulu-Natal (6.9%), Northern Cape (6.8%), Eastern Cape (6.2%), Free State (6%) and Limpopo (4.2%).

Using reported crime stats from the SAPS, CrimeStatsSA classifies the country’s worst precinct as Mitchell’s Plain, with 19,499 crimes reported across all categories: Common robbery made up 754 cases and robbery with aggravating circumstances 1,347 incidents. On the other side of the city in Cape Town Central – where the Cape Town Central City Improvement District estimates the combined minimum value of planned and proposed developments for the node to be more than R2bn – is the second-worst crime hotspot reporting 17,785 crimes, and third in terms of common robbery with 931 cases reported. Johannesburg Central is worst in the category of robbery with aggravating circumstances, tallying up 1,694 reported incidents in the past year.

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On the other side of the city – in one of the country’s fastest-growing residential markets – Honeydew experienced SA’s fifth-highest crime rate (12,889 cases) and is sixth when it comes to robbery with aggravating circumstances, reporting 1,076 incidents.

Total crimes: 10 worst precincts 2016

Precinct Province Number of crimes
Mitchell’s Plain Western Cape 19,499
Cape Town Central Western Cape 17,785
Johannesburg Central Gauteng 14,606
Durban Central KwaZulu-Natal 13,735
Honeydew Gauteng 12,889
Kraaifontein Western Cape 11,939
Park Road Free State 11,489
Pretoria Central Gauteng 11,444
Phoenix KwaZulu-Natal 11,206
Hillbrow Gauteng 10,933
Total   135,525

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Common robbery: 10 worst precincts 2016

Precinct Province Number of crimes
Johannesburg Central Gauteng 1,322
Pretoria Central Gauteng 937
Cape Town Central Western Cape 931
Hillbrow Gauteng 815
Mitchell’s Plain Western Cape 754
Park Road Free State 533
Durban Central KwaZulu-Natal 533
Parow Western Cape 493
Witbank Mpumalanga 463
Sunnyside Gauteng 429
Total   7,210

Robbery with aggravating circumstances: 10 worst precincts 2016

Precinct Province Number of crimes
Johannesburg Central Gauteng 1,694
Nyanga Western Cape 1,503
Mitchell’s Plain Western Cape 1,347
Khayelitsha Western Cape 1,226
Hillbrow Gauteng 1,187
Honeydew Gauteng 1,076
Durban Central KwaZulu-Natal 1,024
Pinetown KwaZulu-Natal 1,019
Jeppe Gauteng 947
Harare Western Cape 924
Total   11,947

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SAPS crime stats

  • Robbery with aggravating circumstances: 132,527 up from 129,045 the year before
  • Common robbery: 54,110 cases down from 54,927 the year before
  • Robbery at residential premises: 20,820 cases up from 20,281 the year before
  • Burglary at residential premises: 250,606 cases down from 253,716

While certain crimes have decreased considerably in the past 10 years, robbery with aggravating circumstances has risen from a multi-year low of 101,039 cases in 2010/11 to 132,527 cases in 2015/16 – a rise of 23.7% in five years! Frankly, South Africa’s crime stats are disheartening and crimes committed against our countrymen and women in their homes – where they should feel safe and secure – are scariest of all.

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Let’s all make an active effort to join and support our local community policing forums, neighbourhood watches and Facebook community pages, and be the eyes and ears on behalf of our neighbours. If, according to the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, the main contributing factors to crime in SA are that violence has been normalised and that our criminal justice system is viewed as corrupt, ineffective and inefficient, it is up to every citizen to protect themselves and their community through active intelligence gathering and dissemination. Let’s get a step ahead of criminals once and for all.


David A Steynberg, managing editor and director of HomeTimes, has more than 10 years of experience as both a journalist and editor, having headed up Business Day’s HomeFront supplement, SAPOA’s range of four printed titles, digimags Asset in Africa and the South African Planning Institute’s official title, Planning Africa, as well as B2B titles, Building Africa and Water, Sewage & Effluent magazines. He began his career at Farmer’s Weekly magazine before moving on to People Magazine where he was awarded two Excellence Awards for Best Real Life feature as well as Writer of the Year runner-up. He is also a past fellow of the International Women’s Media Foundation.

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