FINDING LOCAL SOLUTIONS: Crime prevention in the Nelson Mandela Metro

  • Sibusiso Masuku Institute for Security Studies
Keywords: South Africa, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan, crime


Just like most cities in South Africa, the Nelson Mandela Metro, which comprises the former Port Elizabeth, Despatch and Uitenhage municipalities, faces serious challenges in its efforts to address crime. A victim survey and analysis of police crime statistics conducted by the ISS indicate that there are high rates of property crime, violent crime and robbery in the metro. Although these are spread out, some communities are more affected by certain crime types than others. It is imperative that the municipality makes a strategic decision about areas of focus, which crime types to deal with first, and about appropriate and effective crime reduction interventions linked to service delivery.

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