In Servamus: January 2019, Pollex, inter alia remarked that “we often hear about all the arrests that are made for the crime of public violence (Afrikaans: ‘openbare geweld’)”. However, according to Pollex further, “one hardly ever hears mention in the media and/or in the South African Criminal Law Reports (SACR) about the outcome of all these arrests”.
Pollex cannot find any reference to the crime of public violence in the SAPS's crime statistics published on 12 September 2019 - especially the outcome of all the cases about which we hear and see in the media.
However, according to the South African Police Service Annual Report 2018/2019, a total number of 15 957 crowd-related incidents were responded to and successfully stabilised by Public Order Policing (POP) Units, between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019 which included 11 431 peaceful incidents which included assemblies, gatherings and meetings. POP Units also responded to 4526 unrest-related incidents which included tertiary institution conflicts, conflict between communities and gangs, labour disputes in the mining sector (Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union), strikes at the Electricity Supply Commission (ESKOM), election campaigns, funerals, land invasion, demarcation, attacks on foreign nationals, taxi industry violence and dissatisfaction with service delivery protests by local municipalities.