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Crime threatening SA's Democracy
« on: December 06, 2006, 10:14:18 pm »
Mail & Guardian3 Dec 2006

A continental review body has warned that crime, poverty, unemployment and the ruling African National Congress party's domination threatens South Africa's post-apartheid democracy, the Sunday Times newspaper reported.

The paper said a 300-page report by the African Peer Review Mechanism submitted to President Thabo Mbeki's government three weeks ago found that "crime is one of the most difficult of the many challenges facing South Africa in the post-apartheid era".

The high level of violent crime -- partly fuelled by unemployment -- was discouraging investment and causing many skilled people to leave the country.

The government's black economic empowerment programme had enriched too few people too much and encouraged politicians to go into business, the Sunday Times quoted the report as saying.

It also listed rape against women, violence at schools, the immense gap between the rich and the poor and the division of society by race and class among the problems South Africa needs to urgently tackle.

"Race relations remain brittle and sensitive. Many whites, coloureds and Indians feel alienated and marginalised. Some blacks, on the other hand, feel too little has changed," it said.

Mbeki's government has said the report would be made public within six months of its presentation to heads of state at an African Union summit in January.

South Africa is battling some of the highest rates of murder and rape in the world and opposition groups and the media have accused the government of failing to curb the violence.

Last month the new United States ambassador to South Africa was reported as saying few people would travel to the 2010 World Cup if crime continued at current levels and that his government wanted to help work on strategies to get more police onto the streets to fight it.

The peer review mechanism is a cornerstone of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad) plan under which the continent's governments subject their policies to external scrutiny.

African leaders have acknowledged that some countries are reluctant to open up to scrutiny and so far only 25 out of 53 countries in the African Union have signed up for review. - Reuters

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Re: Crime threatening SA's Democracy
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2007, 06:39:46 am »
Maybe America should pull their troops in Iraq and deploy them in SA to administer some law and order  :police: ::)
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Re: Crime threatening SA's Democracy
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Re: Crime threatening SA's Democracy
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2007, 06:47:23 pm »
I must admit, I would much rather see them in Zim.  :tickedoff:

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Re: Crime threatening SA's Democracy
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2007, 12:03:44 pm »
The government is completely incompetent and corrupt without end. They have no integrity and doing the right thing is a concept so foreign that they cannot grasp it. Selebi and Ngenya and the judge arrested for drunk driving are fine examples of the moral fibre of the rulers of the country, not to even mention dear Mr Zuma.

I suppose this is what you get when the rulers of a country are all ex-prisoners...or should I be politically correct and call them freedom fighters...well they sure secured their own freedom...but sacrificed not only the freedom of the white, coloured and indian south africans, but the freedom of those that voted for them.

To heal a wound you have to find the source....by hiding it and denying it and pretending all is well will cause it to fester...

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Re: Crime threatening SA's Democracy
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2007, 01:01:08 pm »
Seems like you need to have spent some time in prison otherwise you cannot be in government here. They are releasing Tony Yengeni today after a 4 month party in jail instead of spending the required 4 years after a 'general presidential pardon'.

Everytime someone has a birthday, more prisoners are released, bloody ridiculous. This is the message they are sending out - kill, rape and steal all you want, we'll let you out soon, if you were unlucky enough to have been caught in the first place. When you get out we will greet you with cheers and toy-toying like a hero.

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