Statistician-General of South Africa Dr Pali Lehohla released the findings of the Victims of Crime Survey and Labour Force Survey.
Stats SA says the economy created 235,000 jobs, with a slight decline in the unemployment rate to 26.5% in the last three months of 2016.
However, Lehohla says the burden of unemployment still lies on young people who remain vulnerable to labour market.
He says long-term unemployment has increased, along with graduate unemployment (for those under 24) - particularly for black youth.
The young people are the future and the problem is long-term unemployment grew from 57% to 68%.— Pali Lehohla, Statistician-General at StatsSA
He says the data needs to be understood in detail, so that the appropriate intervention can be made.
During the last five years South African households experienced a sharp decline in home robberies and housebreakings, from 931, 000 (6.8%) in 2010 to 807,000 (5.7%) in 2015/16.
Lehohla says theft of personal property also saw a steady decline, from 2.5% in 2011 to 2% in 2015/16.
Despite this, perceptions of crime are still high in South Africa.
Lehohla says perceptions of crime and public safety may have to change, as they lead to anti-social and unproductive behaviour.
The evidence on the ground is that we have a major challenge to tackle.— Pali Lehohla, Statistician-General at StatsSA
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