SAPS admits to error in latest crime stats

“By using a later and larger population estimate‚ it appeared that South Africa’s population increased from 55‚843‚011 people in 2016/17 to 57‚725‚600 in 2017/18 – a difference of more than 1.8-million people‚” Africa Check wrote.

Based on Stats SA’s estimates‚ the population grew by 1.6% between September 2016 and September 2017.

University of Cape Town (UCT) crime expert Anine Kriegler told Africa Check: “It has the effect of making the increases in crime rates look smaller and the decreases look larger.”

For the new crime rates‚ read Africa Check’s updated fact sheet: 

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