Footnote for tin hat wearers, a few comments from various stats experts from various fields regarding the validity of the crime stats.
Dr Chris de Kock, the head of the police's crime research and statistics unit said murder was one of the most reliable statistics as all corpses were recorded. "There is no under- or over-reporting," he said.
Business Against Crime (Bacsa) President Lorinda Nel said that the decreases "are in line with the figures we calculated". Bacsa studied figures from the insurance industries, banks, the motoring industry and the petroleum industry.
Both Burger and Nel put the decreases down to better partnerships between police, private security firms and business.
Rooster footnote : I know you people get butt hurt really badly about good news in South Africa and have pinned all your hopes for happiness in life on South Africa failing under "dark rule". I know you have all sorts of names for what you like to think you represent: Realist, Cynic, Pragmatist etc but let's call you what you really are.
A ball of frustrated, grumpy, miserable, schadenfreude filled old bigots who can't stand their doom and gloom predictions for the country not becoming real. When murder is down you cringe at the thought. When the economy is doing well you want to vomit. You scan the papers and news media for bad news to confirm your bias and when you find it you get a thrill. How bankrupt a cause to spend your life fighting for: The endless hope you might be right about how hopeless and shitty the world is.