South Africa is now the 40th most dangerous country in the world.
According to the 2020 Global Peace Index (GPI) report, South Africa ranks 123rd of the 163 countries in the rankings of most peaceful countries, with first place experiencing the most peace. Last year, the country ranked 127th.
The GPI report monitors peace in 163 independent states and territories worldwide and indicates where conflict is increasing or decreasing.
The 14th edition of the annual GPI report shows that, on average, global peace has deteriorated for the ninth time in 12 years. A total of 81 of the countries have progressed towards peace, while 80 have moved backwards.
The report shows that the Covid 19 pandemic has the potential to destroy years of socio-economic progress. The pandemic also has the potential to exacerbate humanitarian crises and fuel unrest, as can be seen in the worldwide riot.
Issues such as security in South Africa were taken into account when the place was awarded the rankings. The country is doing particularly poorly when it comes to the murder rate.
South Africa’s murder rate is the sixth highest in the world and the second highest in sub-Saharan Africa. The average murder rate in sub-Saharan Africa is 9.1 per 100,000, compared to the murder rate in South Africa which is 35.9. This is almost four times higher than the region’s average.
South Africa also has a high unemployment rate (27%), but is doing well when it comes to taxes, international trade and low central government debt.
The GPI report also looked at the impact of Covid-19 on the world and found its economic impact would adversely affect political stability, international relations, and civil rights, while conflict and violence flourished, thus ending years of socio-economic development. – News24