Who is to blame? Crime in Meadowlands,Soweto

  • Patrick Burton Institute of Security Studies
Keywords: Crime, South Africa, Soweto, Victims


Meadowlands is one of the only suburbs in Soweto that does not include any informal or squatter areas in its boundaries, and in terms of length of tenure, has a relatively stable population. Yet crime in the area is on the increase, and rates of burglary, robbery and assault are high. Contrary to popular perception, crime here is not committed by foreigners or by people from other parts of Soweto or Johannesburg. Rather, victims and nonvictims alike believe that crimes are committed by people living in Meadowlands – largely young people and the unemployed. 

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