South Africa seems to be a god forsaken country as the criminal elements expand to unparalleled extremes. There is no limit to the vicious murders, rapes, robberies and torture of innocent people. After twenty years of democracy, South Africa has become a country where crime rules and survival is not a game but a reality.
Shocking reports of murders, farm murders, and rapes continue to appear in the media. Reports of grisly deeds performed by some criminally minded people read like a horror story. The grisly torture and excruciating pain the victims endure before they are eventually killed are a daily occurrence throughout the land.
Why would anybody visit this god forsaken country? South Africa is rated with the highest rape percentage rate in the world. To travel to this country knowing the facts of the crime rates and lurking dangers is seriously wrong. The country is known to have the highest number of people infected with Aids as well. On the positive side, South Africa has a favorable exchange rate, an appealing climate, attractive beaches and wildlife tours thus South Africa is a magnet for tourists.
While the country offers exceptional hospitality to tourists, they are also a soft target by criminals who have easy access to guns. Theft and petty crimes do not always appear in the media, and it is only when a murder is committed that the story is reported.
The story of a British woman repeatedly raped at gunpoint during a 14 hour ordeal, after she and her friend were kidnapped while visiting the stunning Drakensburg Mountains made waves in the international media. The tourists were blindfolded, bound with rope, and shoved into the perpetrators car. Driving around local illegal drinking dens, they assaulted the two victims. As the night progressed, the perpetrators invited drinkers at the taverns to taunt, rape, and assault their victims. Their intended fate was to be taken to the bordering Mozambique country, where they were to be killed and their bodies dumped. The offenders were extremely intoxicated however and lost control of the car. It overturned and luckily the victims managed to escape on foot.
In another incident, a British tourist was shot and killed in her hotel room after a confrontation with an armed robber. These two incidents are among the worst involving British tourists. It is estimated that over 300,000 Britons visit South Africa each year.
Walkersville, South of Johannesburg was the scene of a gruesome murder and rape recently. Three men broke into a home and assaulted the family after which the father was shot dead. The woman was brutally raped and murdered. Their twelve-year-old son was gagged and tied up. The robbers then put the child into a bath of boiling water and drowned him. The domestic helper’s son and gardener pleaded guilty to the murders. At a court hearing, the offenders mutually admitted to the awful deeds and upon returning to their cells laughed about their conquest.
Reporters at an additional recent crime scene were warned that they would be arrested for obstruction of justice and charged with racism if an article was published before any arrests were made. The surviving victim has spoken about the traumatic ordeal that left his daughters and wife dead. The criminals are still on the loose.
The untold story of yet another farm murder on a peaceful Sunday afternoon was unexpected and disastrous. The family of four was all in the kitchen preparing meals for the week ahead. The father heard a noise, turned around and suddenly a sharp pain engulfed his shoulder as he was stabbed with a machete. Four men entered the house and continued to beat the man. During the ordeal, the two children, aged six and eight, were repeatedly raped and later they were killed. The man tried his best to fight off the attackers, to no avail. His wife was raped, beaten, mutilated and killed. The man lost consciousness, was later found by neighbors and is recovering in hospital. His story has not been told in the media for fear of a return attack by the offenders who, having not been apprehended, wander around freely.
The horror stories are endless, it is estimated that more than 90 people are murdered in South Africa daily. The horrific incidents remain a nightmare for the citizens who constantly live in fear. South Africa is a God forsaken country that people hesitate to visit. Based on the recent surveys undertaken on the crime statistics in South Africa, both the U.S. and Britain issue reports and warning to their citizens who wish to explore the beautiful country.
Opinion By Laura Oneale