It's common for people to state some of the most ridiculous rubbish about South Africa and expect it to go unchallenged. Often these statements start out based at least in some form of truth, but eventually when washed through the same murky waters of white South African neurotic disinformation they come out swollen and bloated as huge flat out ridiculous gunk !
One such thing is the statement so matter of factly passed around South Africans expats (or traveling locals)when they can get a foreigner to listen is the following
"It's so nice to drive around and not feel like you're going to get murdered ! In South Africa every day we fear for our lives !"
You've all heard it and many of you have nodded in agreement. I've got news : You're mentally sick.
To me , or let's generalise and say : any rational and sane person , the above sounds like you have all the symptoms or a paranoid and deluded person. Where did you hang out in S.A ? The groen dakkies ? Who the hell shits himself every time he drives his car ? What would I shitting myself about anyway ?
Time for ....Stat slap down !
Of all the 18000 murders in South Africa according to the S.A.P.S around 500 are related to house breaking , hijacking and armed robbery combined ! I've written about this in detail before. Sure when they happen these murders are very high profile. They're smeared all over the papers and as a small group of people in South Africa the 6 laws of separation means eventually you'll know someone-or a friend of someone who was at least held up in a car. So this obviously feeds the myth of it being widespread. I'll almost forgive you for your false perception. But let's look at the risks using reality instead of bullshit for a change shall we ?
Let's assume the hijackings make up a third of that (although that seems generous on my part) ...that's would be 133.3 murders per 47 000 000 people a year.
Or expressed as a murder rate : 0.226 per 100 000 people.
Or another way : 1 in 500 000 people.
I don't know how good you are with numbers, but take it from me : If you think 500 000 to 1 is a plausible chance of something happening- stay away from the casinos.
Now let's add in the "every time". Let's say you ride you car once a day...to factor in the odds we need to multiple this 500 000 to 1 by 365 remembering that's the yearly risk. So what's the risk of you being murdered on your way to the supermarket today ?
17 500 000 to 1
Now if you're going to be that pessimistic I suggest you're a fine candidate for some lithium. You may as well treat yourself to the same ridiculous flights of fantasy on the other end of the spectrum and invest all your savings into lottery tickets. Because with every ticket you’re twice as likely to win as to be murdered in your car today.
Some advice : Packaging up all your fears in life and putting into neat little piles filled "south africa" or "black people" is silly and you'll find this out around 5 days into your new life abroad.