eSwatini has been averagely ranked in a newly released organised crime statistics in the continent.

 The newly released Africa Organised Crime Index 2023 Report assesses increased criminality and growing vulnerabilities in Africa. Quite interestingly,  South African was placed number 42 together with Equatorial Guinea.

The report, compiled by ENACT, a body that is enhancing Africa's capacity to respond more effectively to transnational organised crime and also works to mitigate the impact of transnational organised crime, reveals that criminality has risen in the continent, particularly human and arms trafficking over the last four years

Deputy Head of Delegation of the European Union to Kenya, Ondrej Simek, described the report as a very solid document considering that up to 160 experts contributed to its formulation.

"This report is designed to assess organised crime and resilience, and organised criminal activities as it draws over 160 experts. Organised crime is a problem in Africa and this report can help to see how Africa compares to other regions," said Simek.

The five countries with the least criminality score in Africa in the report include Lesotho, Comoros, Seychelles and Sao Tome and Principe. Countries scoring highest in criminality include the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, South Africa, Libya, Central African Republic, Uganda and Sudan.

eSwatini was ranked position 37 in countries with mafia style gangs and criminal networks. Leading countries in this category include the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, South Africa, Sudan, Libya, Nigeria and Kenya.

Between 2019 and 2023, overall criminality in Africa rose from 4.97 to 5.25, increasing by 0.20 points between 2019 and 2021 and by 0.08 points since 2021. The report noted that resilience efforts are failing to adequately address the organised crime threat in the continent and that conflict has created opportunities for criminality to thrive.

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