Thursday, September 27, 2018

Crime in South Africa

I have ranted about crime in Malaysia in my blog. 

But I must count my blessings that it has not reached the lofty levels that South Africans are said to encounter, experience and endure. 

Already the African nation has attained an unenviable notoriety for its crime sprees – so much so that its police minister Bheki Cele has described the maligned country as a place that "borders on a war zone" (BBC News, September 18, 2018). 

Crime statistics released by the SA government showed there were more than 20,000 murders in 2017, representing a 7% increase over the previous year. In fact, he cited that on a daily basis, there were 57 murders! 

According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime's most recent data, South Africa is cursed with the fifth highest murder rate in the world in 2015. 

It has become a daily part of this country’s daily diet, waking up to the news of yet another crime, yet another victim and a justice system whose wheels many feel turn far too slowly. 

It’s not just murders. South Africa has also one of the highest incidences of rape in the world. 

The police recorded 40,035 rapes in the 12 months leading to March 31, an average of 110 each day, the fact-checking organisation Africa Check says. 

Yesterday, I read that two rape cases are presently making headlines in South Africa! 

One was the alleged rape of a seven-year-old girl in a family-friendly restaurant in the capital, Pretoria on Saturday. 

Police reported that a 20-year-old man allegedly followed the victim into the women's restroom before snatching her and raping her in the men's section. 

The suspect was promptly arrested at the scene and charged with rape and possession of drugs. He has been remanded in custody and has not yet been asked to plead. 

The other was on Tuesday, when a man posing as a doctor allegedly raped a 17-year-old girl at a hospital in Eastern Cape province hours after she had given birth. 

According to the police, the victim had complained of heavy bleeding and he assured her that he would check up on her. He instructed her to undress and then he raped her. 

South Africa is where its citizens seem to be under siege – and being forced to navigate the threat of serious crime daily. 

A frightening prospect really – and in a land where murders and rapes are everyday occurences, I reckon even summoning a superhero to fight crime may not be as effective as having a team of superheroes on full-time duty. 

The lawlessness can be immensely challenging  and so, I would suggest we summon the Avengers or the Justice League so the people there can stay safe!

Desperate times call for desperate measures.

Last evening, I was at the EcoWorld Head Office in Setia Avenue in Seksyen U13, Shah Alam, Selangor – where I was invited to give a 15-minute talk on “Understand How Toastmasters Benefit You in the Workplace” as well as assume two meeting roles – as General Evaluator and Speech Evaluator – at the EcoWorld Toastmasters meeting. 

I always feel that their meetings were a tad too serious and solemn – but yesterday’s meeting was filled with fun and laughter! Plus, we had five Table Topics speakers and three project speakers – that’s an accomplishment, more so for a corporate club! 

Anyway, I too enjoyed the meeting very much!

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