12 April 2019

South Africa: Defeating Inequality and Planning for Rapid Urbanisation Crucial for Safety in SA Cities


The South African Cities network launched its third report on urban safety. The report was based on crime statistics in nine metros -- Buffalo City, Ethekwini, City of Johannesburg, Mangaung, Nelson Mandela Bay, Mangaung, City of Tshwane, Msunduzi and Cape Town -- that make up the Cities Network. One aim of the report was to highlight that security doesn't necessarily mean safety, and to begin to pilot strategies that will result in South Africa having safer cities.

In order to create safer cities, governance structures need to look beyond policing and take an integrated approach that recognises the social and structural drivers of crime and violence.

This was the key message of the SA Safer Cities Network which launched its third report on urban safety at the Metropolitan Centre building in Johannesburg on Thursday.

The launch, attended by Deputy Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Andries Nel and Johannesburg member of the mayoral committee for public safety Michael Sun, as well as representatives of the eight metros that make up the Cities Network, called on cities to recognise the role that inequality plays in safety.

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