Gauteng, the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal are the provinces worst-affected by crime in South Africa, according to crime statistics released by SAPS. CrimeStatsSA.com broke down the statistics that show which areas across SA’s nine provinces had the most reported crimes between April 2017 and March 2018. 

It comes as no surprise that these three provinces recorded the highest numbers, because crime levels are often tied to population numbers and these provinces are home to the three most populous metro areas in the country.

The statistics are based on crimes reported to the roughly 1 140 police stations across SA and since crimes need to reported at the police station closest to where they took place, these numbers give a fair indication of crime levels in specific areas. However, it’s important to note that station statistics often encompass areas that are further afield, especially in cases where the station is located in a remote area and station services several surrounding neighbourhoods and small towns. The report ranks areas by overall crime and also by specific crimes such as murder and burglaries.

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Gauteng

Johannesburg Central emerged as the most crime-ridden area in Gauteng, holding the top spots for the crimes of common robbery, robbery with aggravating circumstances, burglary at non-residential premises, illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, shoplifting and sexual assault. However, Jeppe emerged as the worst area for both murder and attempted murder, while Honeydew topped the list for burglary at residential premises.

Worst 10 precincts in 2018 in Gauteng, total crimes:

Western Cape

Cape Town Central recorded the most crimes for the Western Cape and proved especially notorious for the crimes of common robbery, theft of motor vehicle and motorcycle, theft out of or from motor vehicle and shoplifting. However, Nyanga had the most reported cases of murder, rape, robbery at residential premises, assault with the intent to inflict grievous bodily harm, robbery with aggravating circumstances, carjacking and truck hijacking.

Worst 10 precincts in 2018 in the Western Cape, total crimes: 

KwaZulu-Natal

Durban Central was KwaZulu-Natal’s hottest crime spot, taking top position for the crimes of common robbery, robbery with aggravating circumstances, theft of motor vehicle and motorcycle, theft out of or from motor vehicle, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, shoplifting and robbery at non-residential premises. However, Umlazi had the most reported cases of murder, attempted murder, arson, illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, carjacking and truck hijacking.

Worst 10 precincts in 2018 in KwaZulu-Natal, total crimes: