Uber cash payments in South Africa and the fear of crime Kevin Lancaster20 February 201722 Comments Uber drivers in Brazil are facing increased levels of crime in the country since the introduction of cash payments on the platform. According to a recent report by Reuters, at least six drivers in Brazil have been murdered and robberies are up ten-fold since the cash service was launched in July 2016.
Last month, the South African Police Service released the crime statistics for 2016, showing which crimes have increased – and decreased – over the past year. With mote than 2.12 million crimes being reported in the country across 27 different categories, it’s difficult to process how the big numbers translate to a daily occurrence in SA. By looking at the crime stats as a statistical average, and the rate of crime per the population, we are able to better understand how the crimes relate to the lived experience in theRead More
FIFA on Wednesday demanded tens of millions of dollars in damages from the “sordid” officials now facing charges in the United States over mass bribery scandals that have rocked world football. In a wide-ranging admission to US authorities on the scope of soccer corruption, football’s governing body openly accused South Africa of paying a $10 million bribe to secure votes for the 2010 World Cup. FIFA also highlighted how one of the main accused, former FIFA vice-president Jeffrey Webb, has allegedly been leading a champagne lifestyle despite agreeing to handRead More
South Africa has the highest rate of cybercrime on the continent‚ a report by Cisco revealed on Monday. Cisco Annual Security report said that “today’s attackers launch more sophisticated‚ bold and resilient campaigns”. Greg Griessel‚ Consulting Systems Engineer Security Solutions at Cisco South Africa‚ said: “Cyber criminals are getting smarter and employing a number of personalised tactics‚ which places businesses at greater risk. 92% of business leaders agree that regulators and investors will expect companies to manage cyber-security risk exposure. These leaders need to essentially increase measures to secure theirRead More
Most murders are not random. Some people are more at risk than others. Lizette Lancaster explains where murder happens, why location matters and what it means for tackling crime. Over the past three years the South African murder rate has increased from 30 murders per 100,000 to 33.
A Pretoria businessman saw nothing wrong with agreeing to pay R250000 to get a R5-million government tender – but he ended up losing R20000 and did not get the contract. “I am not condoning . I am not saying to get a tender you need to pay a bribe, but we are hungry,” the businessman told The Times. The businessman said he deposited the money into an official’s bank account in January.
From “man to superman to gunman”, is how the cover of this week’s Time magazine portrays Oscar Pistorius. The world has watched as the unlikely Olympian, a double amputee, plummeted from international hero to murder suspect. But as the lead article in Time shows, attention has shifted from the fallen hero to South Africa’s “culture of violence”. The country was “once a model of racial reconciliation” but is now a place where murder and rape are “pervasive and persistent”, Time says.