Violent crime a frightening SA reality – IRR
22 October 2020
South African men, women and children face frightening levels of violent crime.
This emerges from data collated in the 2020 edition of South Africa Survey, published by the Institute of Race Relations (IRR).
Data on contact crimes involving men, women and children show that
- 17 251 of the 21 036 murders in 2019 were male victims;
- Sexual offences against women accounted for 69% (36 597) of the total; and
- Children were victims in 46% (24 387) of sexual offences.
While violent crimes against women and children are committed predominantly by men, male victims account for a high proportion of violent crime. Women and children are often the victims of violence perpetrated by people in their intimate circle, and, overwhelmingly, by men they know.