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Soccer star’s murder highlights South Africa’s crime problem as election nears

Soccer star’s murder highlights South Africa’s crime problem as election nears

IN the South African township where Luke Fleurs grew up, some friends joined gangs before they reached high school age, but Fleurs found another path: he was so brilliant at soccer that he rose to be a professional player at South Africa's top club. Fleurs' success story ended abruptly last month when he was killed at a Johannesburg petrol station by someone stealing his car. The 24-year-old's murder not only sparked public grief due to his profile as a Kaizer Chiefs defender but also highlighted South Africa's crime problem. South Africa has one of the highest murder rates in the…
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Mass shootings in South Africa are often over group turf: how to stop the cycle of reprisals

Mass shootings in South Africa are often over group turf: how to stop the cycle of reprisals

IN just two days in early July, 25 people were shot dead in four separate incidents at taverns across South Africa. In one of these shootings, in Soweto, 16 people lost their lives. The killings made international headlines and were shocking even in South Africa, a society with one of the highest murder rates in the world. There has been intense speculation about the motives behind the killings in the absence of reliable evidence that explains why the multiple murders took place. Author GUY LAMB, Criminologist / Lecturer, Stellenbosch University To provide some insights into the possible reasons, I reflect…
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