South Africans spend more on guns and security than police

South Africans spend more on guns and security than police

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South Africans spend more money on protecting themselves from crime than the national police force’s annual budget. The public spend 45 billion rand per year on guns, guard dogs and private security, compared to the police’s budget of just 30 billion (£1.8 billion).

One in 20 households contains a weapon, while twice as many employ private security. In 2015, civil rights group AfriForum reported that a total of 6,602 firearms were lost or stolen from South African police over a five years period.

The nation has one of the highest violent crime rates in the world with 51 murders per day on average.

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