It's still nothing to be proud of but South Africa has slipped down to now have the 9the highest murder rate of countries that report statistics in the world. All improvements should be recognised as Rome wasn't built in a day and we could all use some postive reinforcement that we're on the right track.
List of countries murder rates.
Remember that in reality the mass of undereporting and accurate statitics in Africa, Asia and South America means we're probably a lot lower than this. Interestingly enough take a look through the list and look to see how many African countries even report statistics, and how regularly. Hardly any ! So 9th itself is still very misleading.
I only mention this to make a bet. I guarantee you that in the next two weeks I will be able to find at least 10 mentions stating as a fact that South Africa has the highest murder rate in the world ammongst the posters of S.A.S and the South African blogsphere I frequent. Something that was true for a short time 6 years ago but the stigma refuses to die down despite our mass improvement. I can make this bet in full confidence because they're a bunch of bullshitters who can't help themselves. If they had any dignity they would come out and admit this, and recreate their arguments from there without this trump card. Any takers ?