South Africa’s murder rate remains one of the highest in the world, according to a report released this week.
The 2017 South Africa Survey, released by the Institute of Race Relations (IRR), revealed that 500 000 South Africans had been murdered since 1994.
The shocking number is despite the fact that the murder rate per 100 000 people decreased by 31.9% since 1994.
IRR crime analyst Kerwin Lebone said: “South Africans live with horrific levels of violent crime.
“While the murder rate has fallen since 1994, at 31.9 per 100 000 people, it remains one of the highest in the world.”
The latest crime figures, released by former police minister Nathi Nhleko, show that between April and December last year 14 333 people were killed countrywide, including 2 831 in the Eastern Cape.
The Eastern Cape has the third-highest murder rate after Gauteng at 3 057 people and KwaZulu-Natal on 3 027 for the same period.
Lebone described the situation in South Africa as a murder crisis, comparing it with many terror-affected countries.
He said: “[The situation] is so serious that South Africans are more likely to be murdered than the residents of many terror-affected countries.”
Lebone said the country’s murder rate was almost 29 times higher than that in Australia, nine times higher than the United States, 30 times higher than the United Kingdom and 45 times higher than in Germany.
Lebone said the report also showed that 884 children were murdered in the 2015-16 period.
“Over the past decade almost 10 000 children have been murdered,” he said.