By: Steve Dellar | 09-12-2018 | News
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BBC World News: “South Africa’s Murder Rate That Of A War Zone”

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BBC World News’ Focus on Africa program, which goes on air in Europe during weekdays at 7.30pm CET and involves mostly the countries once colonized by the British, yesterday evening turned to the South African murder rate, which has increased by 7% in the past year.

The presenter of the most left-wing broadcaster admitted that currently, “South Africa’s murder rate was like that of a war zone.”

With about 56 homicides a day, the figures are absolutely staggering. With the country now entering an economic recession as well (mostly due to the fall in agricultural output as some farmers are unsure whether their lands will still be theirs when the crops need to be harvested), the outlook for this once proud engine of African development starts to look grim.

Related coverage: <a href=""> South Africa - “Shocking Drop In Agriculture” Sees Economy Enter Recession</a>.

Mr. Bheki Cele, the country’s police minister, admitted in an interview session: “it borders close to a war zone while there is a peace.”

“We haven’t reached a state of lawlessness in South Africa and we won’t … This situation must be reversed with lightning speed.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Look at the murder figures. This is very worrying. <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#CrimeStats</a> Sadly, life is cheap in South Africa. <a href="">@MakeSAsafe</a> <a href="">@SAPoliceService</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) <a href="">September 11, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The rise in crime combined with the stories of expropriation of white farmer’s lands won’t help President Cyril Ramaphosa, who took over from President Jacob Zuma in February after the latter was charged with corruption. His current ANC-led government is trying to boost income by getting overseas investors to come back to South Africa or get tourism-boosting again (the numbers have especially fallen with European visitors).

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Ten years of murder in South Africa in one terrifying graphic. More people have been murdered in South Africa over the last 10 years than died in the Afghanistan war or in the bombing of Hiroshima. <a href=""></a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#CrimeStats</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#CrimeStatistics</a></p>&mdash; JodiAnne (@JodiSAnne) <a href="">September 11, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Furthermore, the statistics will continue to undermine claims (both from local and international right-wing organizations) and recently echoed by US President Donald Trump in a controversial tweet last month, that there is a “mass killing” of white farmers in South Africa going on.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">South Africa&#39;s murder rate has increased by about 7%, prompting the country&#39;s police minister to compare the situation to a &#39;war zone.&#39; More than 20,300 people - some 57 every day - have been killed across the country in just 12 months. <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; THE SANDTON TIMES (@sandtontimes) <a href="">September 12, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Mr. Gareth Newham, who works for the Security Studies consultancy in Pretoria, said the murder statistic was “a red flag, a wake-up call”.

“We are not going to reduce property crime or violence if we do not get our economy growing. But there are other countries with worse economies than ours and they do not have anywhere near the murder rates we have. We cannot just police this down.”


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Anonymous No. 36864 2018-09-12 : 12:23

Lawlessnes?..etc? Name one place worldwide where Africans attempt to obey any laws

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