A MURDEROUS LEGACY: Coloured homicide trends in South Africa

  • JDS Thomson University of KwaZulu-Natal
Keywords: crime, South Africa, murder, race, history


South Africa has one of the highest murder rates of all the countries that record crime statistics. Understanding such high levels of violence should begin with an investigation of who the victims and perpetrators are, and how the homicides are committed – not only now but also in the past. An historical analysis reveals that the coloured population has, as long as accurate records are available, had the highest murder rate of all race groups in the country.

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