Will South Africa turn into Zimbabwe?

April 6, 2012

Troubling signs:

The most dramatic figures can be found among South African whites, who are leaving at a pace consistent with the advent of “widespread disease, mass natural disasters or large-scale civil conflict,” according to a report by the South African Institute on Race Relations. Some 800,000 out of a total white population of 4 million have left since 1995, by one count. But they’re hardly alone. Blacks, coloreds (as people of mixed race are known in South Africa) and Indians are also expressing the desire to leave.


The primary driver for emigration among all groups, but especially whites, who still retain the majority of South Africa’s wealth, is fear of crime. With more than 50 killings a day, South Africa has one of the highest per capita murder rates in the world. The same goes for rape—ranking the country alongside conflict zones such as Sierra Leone, Colombia and Afghanistan.


Then there’s the problem of affirmative action, which many whites feel limits their opportunities for advancement and which keeps many émigrés from returning. “You can attract people home, but there are still the same concerns when they get here,” Chen says. “Crime and lack of job opportunities if you’re not the right color.”

Still another factor driving out citizens of all races is the country’s political crisis. National elections are due in April, and the likely next president, Jacob Zuma, faces a battery of serious corruption charges and accusations of autocratic behavior.

Zuma raped an HIV-infected woman in 2005. He washed up after, assuming that would stop the virus from infecting him.

10 Responses to Will South Africa turn into Zimbabwe?

  1. dunce on April 6, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Actually it is not as likely that a man gets infected from a woman because the virus is in the body fluids, it is of course possible but there are many cases to prove the point.

  2. Evan3457 on April 6, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Will South Africa turn into Zimbabwe?

    Yes, because eventually all communism, if unchecked, turns into Zimbabwe.

  3. ATTILA on April 6, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    The USA IS turning into Zimbabwe.

  4. Stupid anti-American liberal on April 6, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Sounds like Detroit.

    Or is is Chicago?

    Or Harlem?

    Eh, one of those leftwing Democrat cities.

    Same result.

  5. rightofatilla on April 6, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Stupid anti-American liberal

    50 yeras ago cities like Detroit, Chicago, Philadelphia, St. Louis and Cleveland were not in debt, had strong school systems, relatively low crime rates and good city services. Today they are hell holes.

  6. setnaffa on April 6, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Evan3457 said it right. Butcher Mugabe was trained in Pyongyang, North Korea…

  7. Stupid anti-American liberal on April 7, 2012 at 8:34 am
  8. setnaffa on April 7, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Stupid anti-American liberal, why do you hate the intellectually-challenged?

  9. setnaffa on April 7, 2012 at 8:50 am

    BTW, there were Pro-Confederacy riots in Baltimore in the 1860s…

  10. ken_phd on April 7, 2012 at 11:00 am


    Unfortunately, a race war is the only thing that will put an end to this.