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Jonny Steinberg on Those “Reassuring” SA Crime Stats

Thin BlueJonny SteinbergThe author of Thin Blue has some words of caution for those who took the recent reporting of SA’s crime statistics at face value:

When South Africa’s annual crime statistics were released earlier this month, the commentary was ever so diplomatic.

Some experts said the stats were “plausible”, others that they were “credible”. Some stressed that murder was the category to watch since it was probably the most accurate.

The experts discreetly turned their backs to the elephant in the room. The truth is that nobody, not us, not the experts, and most important of all, not the police, have much idea of South Africa’s true crime rate. The reason is simple: the police do not know because they do not want to know.

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