South Africa – the most dangerous or not?

If you had to choose the world’s most dangerous country would you put South Africa first on your list?

Apparently London's The Telegraph listed the world's 20 most dangerous countries using travel advice from the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office. South Africa's danger factor according to them is in the same group as Iraq, Israel and the Palestinian territories, Chechnya, Haiti and Eritrea, to name only a few.

2542536150_00c39a11e3[1] The Telegraph used a photograph of a group of annoyed protestors, saying: "South Africa suffers from a high level of violent crime, including rape and murder, although most visits to the country are trouble-free as the majority of cases occur in townships and areas away from tourist destinations. Robberies and car-jackings at gunpoint are increasingly common."

This is really concerning in light of the coming 2010 World Cup Soccer. 

South Africa may have high crime statistics, but it remains a beautiful country with lots to offer for tourists. The best way for you as a visitor to South Africa to not become a victim of crime, is to keep your eyes open, your belongings hidden and not venture off the beaten path.

Photo: lemoncat1

Our Readers Comments

  1. As per my blogpost, it is a 2 month old article.
    http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?art_id=vn20081201051943662C990666
    http://6000.co.za/2008/12/02/telegraph-confusion/
    http://www.netcomuk.co.uk/~springbk/news.html
    South Africa has the world’s seventh highest number of prisoners – outranking countries with up to nearly five times our population. The World Prison Brief places South Africa’s total of 166 267 prisoners after the United States (2,3-million inmates), China (1,6-million), Russia (888 014), Brazil (419 551), India (358 368) and Mexico (217 436). – South Africa has the world’s seventh highest number of prisoners – outranking countries with up to nearly five times our population. The World Prison Brief places South Africa’s total of 166 267 prisoners after the United States (2,3-million inmates), China (1,6-million), Russia (888 014), Brazil (419 551), India (358 368) and Mexico (217 436).
    And really old:
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    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/talking_point/1924251.stm

  2. Hi Susan, thanks for your reply and the links. They certainly put the article in the correct perspective now.
    >> “As per my blogpost, it is a 2 month old article.”
    The date on the article is: (quote) Thursday February 19 2009 (end quote)
    I have also now re-read your post 6 times and still find no mention of “2 months” – nor any time frame for that matter.
    And, again, there were no links before so nobody would have known the date of the article(s) you were referring to.
    Either way, I appreciate you putting the links and mentioning the date of the article(s) in question so that people can put this information into perspective.

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