SA one of least safe places in Africa
South Africa has consistently under-performed in fighting crime, and its insensitive approach is exemplified by Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi remaining in his post despite a strong prima facie case of corruption against him.
This was academic and author Mamphele Ramphela's response to South Africa's extraordinarily low score in the safety and security category in this year's Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance. In that category, it ranked 42nd out of the 48 sub-Saharan countries.
The index, compiled by a team led by Professor Robert Rotberg of Harvard University, was released in Addis Ababa on Monday. Ramphela is on the board of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.
South Africa ranked fifth overall, and third in two of the five categories.
But in the "safety and security" category, South Africa scored 61,1, and only six formerly war-torn countries scored lower. Ramphela said crime was under-reported, which meant the situation was probably worse than the 61,1 score.