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Safe and secure street spaces for pedestrians translate to spatially just urban environments. This study examined pedestrians' safety and security elements on street spaces in three selected Small Rural Towns (SRTs) in South Africa and assessed the users' physical perceptions of street safety and security in SRTs and their implications on spatial (in)justice. Forty-three street spaces from three SRTs in South Africa were purposively sampled and assessed in this study. The study adopted a mixed-method approach involving the use of a case study and a survey. Data were collected through key informant interviews, a questionnaire survey and a street space design quality checklist. The distribution of safety and security elements across the studied 43 street spaces reflect the existence of justices and injustices concurrently. Users' theoretical perception of the meaning of street safety differs significantly from their actual experiences. The study recommends that the design and management of streets be informed by users' vision of street safety and security, as well as innovative project financing strategies to ensure spatial justice on street spaces.