Police Minister Bheki Cele this week released the crime statistics from 1 July to end of September 2020. According to his report, 5,107 people were murdered during the three month period. This means 339 fewer killings during the most severe levels of the Covid lockdown when compared to the same period last year.
According to official statistics, the Corona Virus killed 14,077 people in South Africa over the same period with the total fatalities as of today reported at 20,241. Source: Covid19SA
For South Africans however, Covid 19 represent only a fraction of the existential threats and challenges to physically survive. Global polling group, Gallup, has published the results of its latest survey probing perceptions of crime and policing among 144 countries.
South Africa dropped in the latest index, with an index score of 57, and is now ranked:
The fifth most dangerous country in the world, only Liberia, Venezuela, Gabon, and Afghanistan scored worse.
Crime against Humanity
The ANC won the general election on 27 April 1994 and has been in power for 26 years 6 months and 20 days.
At an average of 20,000 murders per annum or 54 murders per day, this brings the total to over 530, 000 people that have been murdered in South Africa during ANC rule.
In the most recent annual crime stats (covering April 2019 to March 2020), murders increased 1.4% to 21,325 reported cases. This works out to 58 people murdered in the country each day, at a rate of 35.8 people per 100,000 population.
The murder rate in South Africa can be compared to warzones, where conflicts in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia and Afghanistan range between 38 and 200 deaths per 100,000 population.
South Africans live in fear, and have little trust in local authorities. For example, only 29% of South Africans feel safe walking alone.
As the ruling party, the ANC must account for the increasing loss of life in South Africa. The 2020 murder rate per day is around 59 people per day, with some sources critical of SAPS statistics and accusing the government of under-reporting the true scale of the crime. READ MORE: Farm Murders Underreported
To grasp the magnitude of 530, 000 killed in a country supposedly at peace, let’s do a comparison with a major war:
392 364 American and South Vietnamese soldiers died during the Vietnam War.
The Vietnam war persisted from 1955 to 1975 and most of the fighting took place in South Vietnam. Military losses during the 20-year war on the South Vietnamese and American side would account on average for around 54 soldiers killed per day. Less than the murders per day in South Africa according to 2019 – 2020 SAPS statistics. READ MORE: Murder Rate on Farmers
In a certain sense it is more dangerous to live in South Africa today than it was to fight on the US side of the Vietnam war.
a US soldier lost 54 fellow soldiers on an average day.
A South African lose 59 fellow citizens per day.
Statistically, this is a moot point as the US could have replenished their forces many times over and the total fighting force was much smaller than the South African population. Nevertheless, I hope the comparison offer insight into the magnitude of the crime and help one understand what is driving South Africans to give up their country of birth, why they lock themselves up in prison-like homes at night, leaving many in despair to commit suicide and others mentally harmed and robbed of their liberty to pursue happiness.
If the killing continues unabated South Africa will reach a total death toll under ANC rule, within the next decade, equal to that of the US Civil War of 620,000 – 750,000 people killed. Perhaps even before the next general election in 2024. Source: Wikipedia
Reporters or statisticians of the Global Peace Index that rank South Africa at peace, should maybe come and live on a farm in South Africa for a week.
If not for the fact that many of the victims are women and children one would be tempted to describe South Africa as a “warzone”.
Instead, a human atrocity of genocidal magnitude comes to mind.
Police minister Bheki Cele present his report for July to September describing this Crime Against Humanity as a “holiday”.
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