Mangaung – Second highest assault and sexual offences rate in 2018/19 safety report

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The Mangaung Metro in the Free State is ranked the second worst performing city with respect to assault and sexual offence cases.

This is revealed in the third edition of The State of Urban Safety in South Africa Report by The Urban Safety Reference Group (USRG) convened by the South African Cities Network (SACN), with the support of the GIZ-Inclusive Violence and Crime Prevention (VCP) Programme.

The report provides study of city-level crime trends in nine South African cities over the course of 2018/19. All the numbers quoted are incidents recorded per 100 000. Mangaung, which comprises of Bloemfontein, Botshabelo and Thaba’ Nchu came in ahead after only Buffalo City in the Eastern Cape regarding assault and sexual offence cases.

The report further reveals that Mangaung’s crime profile – according to research – is strongly dominated by violent interpersonal crimes, similar to Buffalo City which includes East London, Bisho and King William’s Town.

It is, however, not all doom and gloom for the Free State city. Mangaung has the lowest incidences of robbery among the nine provinces, which is believed to contribute to residents’ sense of safety.

The metro has also shown decreases in recorded rate of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, falling by 43% over the last 10 years and 7% in the last year in this category.

While the murder rate has not changed much over the last 10 years.

Olebogeng Motse / OFM News