South Africa Crime Rate & Statistics 1994-2021

Intentional homicides are estimates of unlawful homicides purposely inflicted as a result of domestic disputes, interpersonal violence, violent conflicts over land resources, intergang violence over turf or control, and predatory violence and killing by armed groups. Intentional homicide does not include all intentional killing; the difference is usually in the organization of the killing. Individuals or small groups usually commit homicide, whereas killing in armed conflict is usually committed by fairly cohesive groups of up to several hundred members and is thus usually excluded.
  • South Africa crime rate & statistics for 2017 was 35.90, a 5.59% increase from 2016.
  • South Africa crime rate & statistics for 2016 was 34.00, a 0.59% increase from 2015.
  • South Africa crime rate & statistics for 2015 was 33.80, a 3.68% increase from 2014.
  • South Africa crime rate & statistics for 2014 was 32.60, a 2.84% increase from 2013.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name Per 100K Population
Jamaica 57.00
Belize 37.90
South Africa 35.90
Brazil 30.50
St. Lucia 29.60
Guatemala 26.10
Dominica 25.70
Colombia 24.90
Mexico 24.80
Guyana 14.80
Costa Rica 12.30
Dominican Republic 11.30
Grenada 11.10
Russia 9.20
Peru 7.70
Ecuador 5.80
Suriname 5.50
Kazakhstan 5.00
Montenegro 2.40
Armenia 2.40
Albania 2.30
Azerbaijan 2.00
Romania 1.50
North Macedonia 1.50
Bulgaria 1.50
Jordan 1.40
Bosnia 1.20
Serbia 1.10
China 0.60
South Africa Crime Rate & Statistics - Historical Data
Year Per 100K Population Annual % Change
2017 35.90 5.59%
2016 34.00 0.59%
2015 33.80 3.68%
2014 32.60 2.84%
2013 31.70 3.59%
2012 30.60 2.68%
2011 29.80 -3.25%
2010 30.80 -6.38%
2009 32.90 -8.36%
2008 35.90 -2.71%
2007 36.90 -4.65%
2006 38.70 1.84%
2005 38.00 -2.56%
2004 39.00 -6.25%
2003 41.60 -9.17%
2002 45.80 -0.65%
2001 46.10 -3.15%
2000 47.60 -5.18%
1999 50.20 -11.31%
1998 56.60 0.89%
1997 56.10 -5.56%
1996 59.40 -7.04%
1995 63.90 1.43%
1994 63.00 1.43%