I think most would agree it is certainly a powerful article. It went around virally last year in the build up to the tournament. The boycott the 2010 World Cup stuff is nonsense to me and a sporting event is just that a sporting event and it should be viewed as seperate with obvious benefits to the country. However, some facts stood out as particulary worrying and whilst the rest of the document leaves room to be dismissed by some as pure shock tactics type ‘journalism’ to suit a point of view, where it is scary is that these depictions of crime and stories are not made up.
Sure, it is possible to read through the document and say it’s only focusing on the negative, except these are the stories and thoughts of South African citizens. Anyway, this is not intended to spark an immigration debate or designed to have a go at white South Africans who choose to stick their heads in the sand. I’m not decided on whether or not I even agree entirely with the intention of those who put together the document. I’m not sure if “awareness” is its sole purpose, but after reading it I think it is incredibly sad that this is the view of South Africa going around. The facts are clear enough and arguing against it is to miss the point. The reality is that the majority of crime in the country is black on black, and they are without doubt the worst affected but it doesn’t change the fact that violent crime against whites is an everyday occurence. Besides crime should be spoken about it terms of citizens not by race.
Despite the threat around you, I have always felt that feeling safe is a state of mind, you have to get on with your life wherever you chose to live but how quickly these feelings can change if someone very close to you is killed or you are the victim of violent crime and sometimes life in South Africa can feel a bit like playing Russian Roulette. Most people don’t realize how on guard they are everyday and it filters into your subconscious and can manifest into an aggressive disposition. Safety is a basic human right and the government should be doing more to protect it’s citizens. Corruption, lack of funding and incompetent SAP staffing should be first on the agenda for transformation. For such a scenic and multicultural country I sincerely hope the “it’s only a matter of time till things fall apart” school of thought is proved wrong for the long term.
“For every 1000 criminals reported in RSA, only 430 criminals are arrested. Of these only 77 are convicted and of these barely 8 are sentenced to two or more years of imprisonment.“
“South Africa was the most dangerous country in the world to work in — ahead of Iraq and Afghanistan…” Securicor CEO Nick Buckles, Reuters, May 2009
Below are two links reporting official crime stats from nation master for year end 2009.