Book Launch: A Citizen’s Guide to Crime Trends in South Africa

20 Jun 2016 - 15:00

Book Launch: A Citizen’s Guide to Crime Trends in South Africa

By Anine Kriegler & Mark Shaw


Date: 19 July 2016

Time: 17:00 – 18:00

Venue: Faculty Common Room, 4th Floor, Kramer Law

RSVP: Abigail Calata



South Africans care a lot about crime. We think and worry about it, plan and insure against it, read about it, and talk about it … a lot. But much of what gets said about crime in South Africa is based on assumption, rumour or politics. Some of it is completely wrong. 


Anine Kriegler and Mark Shaw, both based at UCT’s Centre of Criminology, sift through decades of statistics from not only the annual crime reports from the SA 

Police Service, but also figures not readily available to the public. It includes a century of murder statistics in South Africa. In doing so, they come up with illuminating and often provocative findings.


A Citizen’s Guide to Crime Trends in South Africa separates fact from fiction, debunking common assumptions about crime that often stem from personal experience or media reporting. This is the only book to read if you want a clear and balanced perspective on the reality of crime in SA that affects us all daily.