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Lehohla: Society is feeling unsafe

Stats SA’s victims of crime survey has revealed a steady decline in the public's confidence in the criminal justice system.

Picture: Supplied

PRETORIA - Stats SA’s victims of crime survey has revealed a steady decline in the public's confidence in the criminal justice system.

Statistician-General Pali Lehohla released the report at a briefing in Pretoria on Thursday, which shows a decrease in the number of households hit by crime.

Since 2011, household satisfaction with police declined from 64% to 57%.

Lehohla says that in the same period, satisfaction with the way the courts deal with perpetrators also dropped.

“Society is feeling very unsafe, that the courts are not doing what is supposed to be done and that satisfaction is declining from a high of 63% in 2013 to a low of 44%. So, there is a very serious problem around how society feels about the criminal justice system.”

The figures show about 7.2% of households experienced crime, a drop from about 9% in 2015.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)