James Fulford writes: Because South Africa has more than twice the population of Syria, their murder rate is not quite as bad as a full scale war.
It’s still really, really, really, bad. For example the entire country has twice the murder rate of Chicago, and some parts of South Africa have triple the murder rate of Chicago. You could also compare it to England:
“Most “advanced” countries in the world have abolished capital punishment. In order to be a fully signatory nation of the Council of Europe, for example, you have to show that you have wiped it from your book of statutes. The very first act of the Constitutional Court of liberated South Africa was to abolish the penalty of death.”