Key takeaways:

  • The true extent of crime in South Africa is possibly concealed by underreporting.
  • Short-term trends indicate an uptick in violent crime.
  • The extended Covid-19 lockdown has contributed to an escalation of violent protests.
  • The police continue to be plagued by corruption, criminality, and limited resources.
  • As public confidence wanes, South Africans are resorting to private security and vigilantism.
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