Kenyan government issued a strict warning to its citizens to beware of SA crime wave which is reported to be at its highest recently.
In a memo dated April 24, the east African country’s ministry of foreign affairs minister warned travelling Kenyans to be wary of “a rising SA crime wave “.
Noting the government ‘s concern over the rising cases of robberies, carjacking, theft, burglary, kidnap, rape and mugging against foreigners in South Africa, the minister said citizens planning to travel to the South Africa country to travel with care.
“The most worrying element of this crime wave is the rising number of incidents of attacks within the vicinity of hotels,” foreign affairs principal secretary Monica Juma was quoted as saying
“In addition, the diplomatic community is being openly attacked in residential areas and in the central business district.”
The government also blamed the SA government authority for failing to curtail the spread of crime in the country and the rising xenophobic attacks on foreigners. It said authorities have continued to treat crime cases with less seriousness despite crimes being reported to them.
Coupled with the xenophobic attacks since 2008, the increasing SA crime wave is becoming a major issue of concern not only to the government, also to foreigners who plan to visit the country for business purposes.
It’s disheartening to know that the country which is known for its best tourist attraction sites is also known as having the most dangerous cities in the world.
The attempted murder rate increased from 32.4 in 2014/15 to 33 in 2015/16 while sexual offences which include rape decreased from 99 in 2014/15 to 94.3 in the same year.
Cape Town remained the most violent city in South Africa, but improved crime reporting data revealed that two other local cities now carry the ‘honour’ of being ranked among the 50 most violent cities in the world.
Cape Town still leads in SA crime wave with a murder rate of around 61 murders per 100,000 people, according to the data, with Nelson Mandela Bay following with a rate of around 53 murders per 100,000 people, and Buffalo City with a rate of 45 murders per 100,000 people.
South Africa’s high murder rate in these cities puts the country squarely on the top 10 most violent nations on earth, with Cape Town’s high murder rate closely linking to high levels of gang activity in and around the city – while the Eastern Cape’s violence problem is linked to overpopulation and poverty in the affected provinces.
Reports, however, indicated that Kenya’s latest move would possibly spark a fresh round of diplomatic row, months after the two states resolved the protracted visa standoff.
In July 2015, Traveller24 reported the SA controversial visa regulation which required Kenyans to submit applications for clearance to travel and wait for seven working days to confirm whether a visa would be issued, was described as a violation of the bilateral agreement between the countries.
The standoff was resolved after President Jacob Zuma visited Nairobi in October 2016.