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Saturday, 15 August 2015 06:40

Voices from Grassroots: We Don't Feel Safe

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For a nation which prides itself as an ambassador of democracy and human rights, South Africa's statistics regarding murder rates, are nothing to be proud of. Although the murder rate in South Africa has approximately halved since 1994, it still remains chillingly high at an annual average of 15 500 (31/100 000).

When comparing SA's average with the global average of 6 out of 100 000 people per year, something must be dreadfully wrong. The African average to this ratio is 12, 5/100 000, which accounts to about 135 000 human beings being killed annually – not through disease or vehicle accidents – but through the hand of another.  Where has human kindness and compassion, integral parts of democracy gone? Has life become so cheap?

No South African would wish a vacation in Somalia... yet unfortunately, at an annual murder rate of 8 people per 100 000, Somalia is paradise compared to South Africa. During some of the worst years of the Somali conflict, like in 2012, a reported 3 300 people were killed. This equalled the South African average of 31/100 000, in consideration that Somalia and South Africa have populations of 10 million and 50 million respectively

 

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Voices at grassroots level, are saying, we don't feel safe...

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