Prosecutors to pursue premeditated murder charge against weeping superstar Oscar Pistorius

  • Article by: JON GAMBRELL and GERALD IMRAY , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 15, 2013 - 6:56 AM
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sternitzkyFeb. 14, 13 7:19 AM

Another bright star falls.

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nessmessFeb. 14, 13 7:40 AM

THE NATION WITH THE 2ND HIGHEST GUN CRIME RATE ON EARTH South Africa has some of the world's highest rates of "violent" crime and many homeowners carry weapons to defend themselves against intruders. An average of nearly 50 people are murdered there each day, while there are also high levels of assault, rape, robbery and carjackings. According to United Nations research, South Africa has one of the highest firearm-related homicide rates in the world, second only to Colombia. The rate, which was measured per 100,000 people, put the country's score "four times" higher than the United States. According to statistics 12% people in South Africa own a gun (over 40% of Americans own guns) and it is estimated there are almost six million civilian firearms in South Africa (0ver 300 million firearms in America). In the UK during an average year there might be 600 murders, but in South Africa this would be more than 18,000. On top of this there are also 18,000 attempted murders each year. As a result of these high levels of violent crime, many people choose to live in gated communities and employ private security guards. These are especially common for middle class residents and often involve high perimeter fencing and alarm systems linked to security teams. The South African Police Service also often employs security companies to protect their own police stations, with the private security industry estimated to be worth 14 billion/year. Fear of crime is high, with the Institute for Security Studies estimating that 50 per cent of people in Pretoria feel 'very unsafe' walking in their area at night. **Wow, what a utopia SA has become**

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