South Africans live in fear of criminals


The killing of Sibusiso Radebe, an MP belonging to South Africa’s governing African National Congress (ANC), apparently in a botched car hijacking on Tuesday night, illustrates the seriousness of violent crime in the country.

The nation is in shock, with many people asking: If a person of stature can be shot and killed while sitting in a car with a friend, then what about us, ordinary citizens?

Nevertheless, the number of murders have decreased since the end of minority rule 24 years ago, but killings are still unacceptably high.

The annual police report released last October showed that murders had increased – from 18,673 in 2015/16 to 19,016 in 2016/17.

Credit: Socceruncle

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