South Africans are scared of the dark

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Taxes have increased, the petrol price has rocketed, and millions of consumers will be forking out more to keep the lights on.

PRETORIA - Fewer South Africans feel safe walking alone in the dark, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said on Sunday.

“In view of the anticipated release of new crime statistics later in September, I will limit myself to the trends in perception of crime as measured by StatsSA,” the planning, monitoring, and evaluation minister told reporters in Pretoria at the release of the Development Indicators 2014 Report.

“Evidence points to the fact that the percentage of households whose members feel safe walking alone in their area during the day has improved slightly, while the percentage of those who feel safe walking alone in the dark has decreased.”

Regarding perceptions on the work of police, Radebe said the percentage of households satisfied with police service in their respective areas had shown a steady decline since 2011.

The report revealed other problems, including increased aggravated robbery, increased service delivery protests, and decreasing public opinion on service delivery by government, he said.

The development indicators are numerical indications of changes and long-term trends in South Africa.

The indicators are used as criteria to measure progress and assist government to track, using quantitative measures, the effectiveness of government policies and interventions towards achieving the national goals in areas of development.

The data is sourced from various government administrative data sets, national official statistics, and research by local and international institutions.

The first development indicators were produced in 2007 as a mid-term document. The department thereafter produced the Indicators on an annual basis.

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