On 21 February, an armed group assaulted a police station in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province, killing six police officers. The next day, a shooting at a taxi rank in Cape Town’s Langa suburb left two people dead and nine bystanders injured. Such incidents highlight the scale of violence in South Africa, where potential perpetrators can easily obtain firearms despite the police’s struggle to contain armed crime.

“The high crime rates in South Africa continue to significantly affect business travels to the country.”

Robberies, carjackings, home invasions as well as murder and rape remain key risks to travellers and expatriates across the country. Violent crime is widespread in both business and residential areas of such cities as Johannesburg, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. Extremely violent carjackings occur regularly on main roads as well as in residential areas, while robberies are frequent in the streets, on public transport and near tourist sites.

Travellers and expatriates are asking:

  • Which types of crime am I most exposed to?
  • What can I do to protect myself?
  • How to react if I am threatened by violence?
  • Which additional measures should I take during a long-term deployment?
  • How can I stay informed on current security developments?