Rural safety

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South Africa is plagued by unprecedented levels of violence and crime that costs the economy millions of rands. Violent crime is rampant in rural areas, affecting all South Africans, regardless of race, gender, location or occupation.

Please voice your thoughts, suggestions and solutions – which will be presented to government and our courts by several civil society organisations.

This is a coordinated campaign, sparked by Agri Northern Cape, inviting all sectors of civil society. A list of concerned and participating organisations is at the summary link below (organisations can join here). Please take the time to read through their documentation – especially from those you may not be familiar with. Violent rural crime affects us all and must be addressed through effective, collaborative solutions between civil society and government.

3260 participants


Have your say – shape this policy.

    Do you feel that South Africa, including rural areas (farms, villages, towns), has an unacceptable high level of violence and crime?

    Do you feel that the government of South Africa should take a firm stance and act against violence and crime?

    Do you feel that communities in South Africa should get involved in their community safety initiatives?

    Who do you feel should be tasked with finding solutions?


    Dear South Africa is a legally recognised and constitutionally protected non-profit platform which enables the public to co-shape all government policies, amendments and proposals. We’ve run many successful campaigns and have amassed a considerably large active participant network of over 750,000 individuals across the country and beyond.

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