Violence and Private Security in South Africa

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The high walls, electric fences, and private security guards surrounding South Africa’s residences and businesses are as inherent to the country’s landscape as Table Mountain is to Cape Town. And with good reason — South Africa’s 2012-2013 crime statistics were the worst in a decade, with increases in murder, attempted murder, violent armed robbery, and carjackings.

Fear of crime has led to a boom in South Africa’s private security industry since apartheid ended 20 years ago. The field’s quick expansion is largely a result of continued social and economic inequality, increased violence, and inept police forces.

VICE News traveled to South Africa’s mother city Cape Town to look at the lifestyle gap between those who can and cannot afford the luxury of safety.

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50 Responses

  1. If Whites still owned the country you wouldn’t need private security. Blacks are primitive people who don’t know how to function without outside help

  2. Lol s.a is a joke. Lol can’t believe it. If it was run by whites the police would actually do the policing 🤣

  3. They should have now desolved army although they were white but we’re working for the govt.

  4. So this is most of "lawyers, doctors and architects" who enrichment Europe from africa? 😀

  5. If police receive an active shooter call out , you can be sure that you won’t get help.
    They will not be found until the incident is over

  6. When a South African speaks English,It sounds exactly like A Dutchman speaking English.I know the Boers are the reason.Its still strange though.

  7. I was like why does this sound so racist against whites… then i saw who uploaded the video 😂😂😂 Vice piece of shit channel

  8. South Africa has become a shithole, if you can get out, get out. There is nothing to stay for, be you poor or rich. 20+ years of independence and still the argument is to blame the present shit situation on apartheid. An appropriate excuse for an inability to manufacture an infrastructure to successfully and safely run a country. What a bunch of muppets. Now watch this comment get shot down in flames by all the blinded morons…

  9. Unemployment and therefore poverty is NOT the problem.
    Problem is that MOST of them are NOT employable.
    People that have tried will understand.

  10. That white army was unfairly disbanded. They were clearly better trained and well equipped. The segregation should have continued. Everyone was happy and the economy was well. You can’t force people to come together, but peacefully being neighbors with your white and or black counterparts seemed the best option.

  11. Mitchell’s Plain is also home to one of the most violent gangs in all of South African history.

  12. There was no way in hell i could bring up a family in that shithole no fucking that why i left 21 years ago

  13. So South Africa took a note from the US. Racial segregation and unnecessary racism. Personally, I think whites deserve what they got there because they won’t get treated that way here.

  14. A libertarian’s paradise. Gut society, hog it all for yourself, and wonder why everyone wants to come and rob you.

  15. Looks like Chicago or Detroit or any other chocolatized American city. Told you before, black equals crime!!!!

  16. VICE News traveled to South Africa’s mother city Cape Town to look at the lifestyle gap between those who can and cannot afford the luxury of safety.
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  17. How come in a nation where whites discriminated and helped kill blacks, the blacks are not the usual owners of the businesses nor in charge of police?

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