Crime killed the South African dream

The high murder rate in South Africa has killed the idealism and dreams people had after the 1994 elections, which saw the advent of democracy in the country, the Freedom Front Plus said on Tuesday.

“Since 1994 more than 300 000 people have been murdered (328 244) in South Africa,” FF Plus leader Pieter Mulder said in an excerpt from a speech delivered in Potchefstroom.

“That is an average of 60 people a day.

“The world average for murders is five in every 100 000, but in South Africa it is 38 in every 100 000. Nearly eight times as (much as) the world average.

“Since 1994 more than 3 000 farmers and farm workers have been murdered in more than 10 000 farm attacks. That gives a figure of more than 200 in every 100 000.

It was these figures which destroyed the idealism and dreams of South Africans post 1994.

Mulder said South Africa is racially more divided at the moment than at any other time since it held its first democratic election.

“With Malema (ANC Youth League president Julius Malema) on the one hand and radical comments on the other side, South Africa is today more polarised than any time since 1994.”

He said racism was “easy politics”.