"The most violent countries in the world"
So South Africa has halved our murder rate, from 64.5% in 1995, to 31% in 2012. That’s a big win, i think.
But reading this article was a real eye-opener in a few ways.
First, when you look at the actual *number* of murders, not the percentage based on the population size, we have a lot of murdering going on. If it’s total number of murders, on the list they give there, we’re number 2 with 16,259, with DRC at #1, and followed close behind by the always dodgy Columbia and Venezuela.
So that’s something to not be happy about.
Second, i was amazed to see that Cape Town seems to have more murders-per-capita than Jozi. That may be some clever engineering of the stats to help the ANC’s electioneering - wouldn’t put it past them, but if the figures are true, then that’s quite something.
Wikipedia reckons that of our 9 provinces, Gauteng is at #6, with Eastern Cape at #1, Western Cape at #2, and Gauteng is only worse than North West, Mpumalanga, and Limpopo. That’s mind-blowing, because i would have pinned Johannesburg as the most dangerous city, and Cape Town as the safest.
But overall, i think it made me question the way these figures are done - the “per capita” idea seems like a good idea when measuring a lot of things, like income, or wifi signal, but human lives are different, i believe. I don’t think 18 people being killed in St Kitts is anywhere remotely as serious as 16,259 people being killed in South Africa, and yet, St Kitts is at #7, and we are at #8.
And if we look at total number of murders, it looks a bit different, this is how Wikipedia puts it:
South Africa 15,940
United States 14,173
So there is a lot of anger in the world, really. It’s just a crazy thought that 42,000 indians were killed in a single year because someone wanted them to die. and 16,000 South Africans died because some person decided they wanted them to die. Isn’t it just the craziest of crimes, murder? Someone decides that you shouldn’t live, and so they take your whole life away from you. It’s crazy.
Anyways, just a 2 cents worth.
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