Saturday, 13 February 2010

Crime not linked to poverty

High levels of violent crime were not linked to poverty levels in municipalities across the country, a SA Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) study has found.

In a statement on Monday, the SAIRR said Eastern Cape municipalities had the highest murder rate, 54 murders per 100 000 people, and a poverty rate of 62%.

Limpopo municipalities, however, recorded the lowest murder rate but also had a poverty rate of 62%.

The findings form part of a local government study which assessed 80 indicators from each of the 52 metropolitan and district municipalities.

The indicators included demographics, education, employment, housing, access to basic services, transport, social security, health and crime.

Poverty rates vary

Western Cape municipalities also recorded a high murder rate with a low poverty rate of 27.5%.

Report continues

Hat Tip: Dina


At least half a million whites, out of a population of around 4.3 million now live in dire poverty in South Africa yet hardly feature at all in the crime figures.

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