n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - The incidence of violent crime in the rural areas in South Africa : a challenge to indigenous institutions?

Volume 13, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



For some time now, South Africans have been swamped by reports of violent crime, and this has often resulted in heated and controversial debate. Furthermore, the violent nature of the era in which citizens of this country live - especially individuals who inhabit black townships and those in rural settlements - is emphasised in reports that appear on a daily basis in the news media. According to the National Crime Information Management Centre of the South African Police (1998), 20 983 murders were committed during 1997 and 13 698 during the first six months of 1998. The Institute for Security Studies (Minnaar et al 1998:112) reports that Interpol Statistics suggest that South Africa's rate of murders per 100 000 persons is amongst the highest in the world.

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