South Africa’s got a bad rap when it comes to crimes such as murder, rape, theft, drunken driving, racketeering, hijacking, smash-and-grab attacks, bank robbery, cash-in-transit heists, taxi violence, gang violence, looting, kidnapping, fraud, extortion, home invasion, pickpocketing, burglary, arson, damage to public property and rampant racism.
Often, deservedly so, but you’ve really got to know which areas to stay away from and which are less likely to kill you.
Even the UK government, as part of its foreign advisory services, provides its citizens who are planning to visit SA with extensive safety and security advice. This includes warnings about terror activities, an increase in kidnappings, an outbreak of listeriosis, bomb threats made against shopping malls, ongoing shoot-outs between Uber and Taxi drivers, water scarcity and hazardous road travel.
Of course, for us living in South Africa, acutely aware of the fact that we could die at any given moment, we are more or less up-to-speed on which areas to avoid.
In case you still thought Hillbrow was a fun place to go party, though, CrimeStatsSA has taken the latest, most horrific SAPS crime stats for 2018 and broken them down by province, and then area, to show you which areas across all provinces had the highest rate of reported crimes between April 2017 and March 2018.