South Africa, World Crime Capital? - Nedbank ISS Crime Index vol 5 No 1 Many refer to South Africa as the crime capital of the world. This has been disputed by the minister for safety and security, Steve Tshwete, and the national police commissioner, Jackie Selebi. What do the figures say? Interpol data and South African crime statistics show that South Africa’s high level of violent crime sets the country apart from other crime ridden societies.