Judge1310 wrote:Yes, I have been to both JNB and CPT and no, I'm also "...not talking cushy 5* hotel visits..." either. Oh and robberies at red lights? Take a look at the local news from Chicago, Illinois, USA and run a search on car-hires/ride-sharing services (Uber, Lyft, etc) being held up at gunpoint in order to have iPhones/Navi stolen. (Just as a specific example)
No one was downplaying the severity of the socioeconomic and societal strife rampant throughout ZA -- that's quite evident in following both objective and anecdotal news from the region.
Good on you, we take note of your noteworthy social justice crusade for a country you don't even live in.
Tell me, have you lost friends who were murdered in their houses in South Africa for a hi-fi or a cell phone? Do you have to sit ready at red lights at night, creeping over the line and be prepared to defend yourself when a pistol-wielding crim comes knocking in your window.
Paramedics are afraid to help to help at night, and I'm not talking about in the townships. They get robbed of their drugs and valuables on scenes next to highways. Police stations were robbed by an armed gang and officers killed so they can get their weapons. Police stations close at 1800 in certain locations, or have private security because it is too unsafe. Do you have family members on a farm wiped out brutally on a racially incited home raid? Yes, I know the mainstream media downplays it as random violence with no motive, please show that article to the relatives of the 80-year old couple who was raped, knifed and hacked with a shovel before being stufffed in a freezer. (And you can't argue poverty if they haven't stolen anything)
Have you been stabbed with a knife whilst taking a stroll in a park 2km from home?
You've been to Cape Town? Good on you. Have you tried to take a metro train by yourself? There are very good chances that you might not make it through the station without some extra breathing holes.
So while you are on your noble high social horse from afar, please do not insult the intelligence of those of us for whom it is a daily concern when you wife etc. has to drive home late.