…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
It is about twenty years since South Africa‘s black population won its freedom from the oppressive white minority rule, as The Guardian and its repeater stations like ABC, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald etc. tell us. So how are they going, free to do whatever they want?
In the year ending March 2014 South Africa recorded about 17,000 murders, a 5 percent increase over the previous year. That is an average of 47 murders per day. General Riah Phiyega, the national police commissioner, said,“Murder and some other kinds of violent crime are difficult for police to stop because most cases involve people who know each other.“
Perhaps people should get more alienated.
On the nutrition front they are also doing well. According to Lancet about 70% of adult females and 40% of adult males are overweight or obese. Similarly, 25% of female and 20% of male children are fat. South African Human Sciences Research Council’s survey showed that 88% of 25,500 people interviewed said that the body image they deemed ideal was fat*. Thank God for that – if it were a problem Michelle Obama would have to come up with some catchy hash-tag.
As far as AIDS is concerned, another Lancet study claims that: “In Kwazulu-Natal, for example, the rate of infection in boys at, or just out of school, rises slowly only as the get older, from 1% in those under 15 to 1.8% in those over 20. In girls, it raises from 2.5% to 24.7%.”
*/ I do not know. Should I be proud that nine out of ten South Africans would approve my physique?