It's not Gauteng, Eastern Cape the murder capital of South Africa

SEPTEMBER 24, 2015

The Eastern Cape province over the past 20 years has remained the murder capital of South Africa. This is according to an analysis of crime trends over the past 20 years released on Wednesday by the SA Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR).

According to the institute, the Eastern Cape has a murder rate of over 50 per 100 000 people, followed by the neighbouring Western Cape. The two provinces are well above the national average murder rate of 31 per 100 000 people.

Surprisingly, Gauteng is the safest province in the country.

The institute, however, said they were not able to determine why the country's second poorest region was its murder capital.

Overly, crime trends over the past two decades show that the number of violent crimes and property-related crimes in South Africa have declined.  

The murder rate has fallen by more than 50% over the past 20 years.

However, the rate of armed house and business robbery has jumped in the past decade - hence, while South Africa is becoming a much safer society, home invasions and business heists are increasing very rapidly.

Click HERE for the full SAIRR presentation.