Crime is an issue of concern to every person irrespective of their background or status in society. The fear of crime affects the way people live, travel and work. The crime and safety vision of the National Development Plan (NDP) is to have a crime-free South Africa by 2030. According to the NDP, the evidence of a crime-free country will be:
“People living in South Africa feel safe at home, at school and at work, and they enjoy a community life free of fear. Women walk freely in the streets and children play safely outside. The police service is well-resourced and professional, staffed by highly skilled officers who value their work, serve the community, safeguard lives and property without discrimination, protect the peaceful against violence, and respect the rights to equal justice”
To achieve the vision five areas of intervention have been prioritized, namely (1) Strengthen the criminal justice system (2) Make the police service professional (3) Demilitarise the police (4) Increasing rehabilitation of prisoners and reducing recidivism and (5) Build safety using an integrated approach.
Victims of crime report for 2016/17
The Victims of Crime Survey (VOCS) is an annual nation-wide survey conducted by Statistics South Africa to capture the perceptions and attitudes of South Africans about crime and the performance of the main role players in the criminal justice system. The survey also tracks crime trends of reported and unreported crimes, as well as the circumstances of these crimes from the victims’ point of view. The statistics produced from VOCS compliment crime statistics produced by SAPS in that it provides more insight into the circumstances around crime as well as measure unreported crimes. The highlights for household and individual experiences of crime from the 2016/17 VOCS report are as follows: