The Peace and Security budget increased by 5%, from R200 billion in 2018/19 to R211 billion in 2019/20. Police services received nearly half (R104 billion) of the total budget.
There are more than 2.3 million security officers registered in South Africa according to the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA) 2018/19 annual report, 498 435 of whom are employed by just over 9 000 registered and active security businesses. In comparison, the South African Police Service had 193 297 members according to its 2018/19 annual report.
According to A longitudinal perspective on violence in the lives of South African children from Birth to Twenty Plus cohort study in Johannesburg–Soweto, two-thirds of children of school-going age reported having been exposed to community violence. The figure rises in adolescence and young adulthood.
A 2018 Stats SA report titled Crime Against Women in South Africa found that 3 000 women – or one every three hours – was murdered in South Africa. This is five times higher than the global average, according to the World Health Organisation.