As South Africans celebrated Nelson Mandela Day, the country’s most serious issues were pushed aside for the holiday. Little has been done to address some of the most serious issues that South Africa is facing now, including farm murders, white genocide, human trafficking, and terrorism. In spite of recent threats of terrorism, South Africans celebrated Mandela’s birthday, July 18, and South Africans were encouraged to do charitable acts to help each other. The date was designated by the UN General Assembly as an international holiday.
Future Currency Forecast reported that the South African rand exchange rate faltered against the British pound. Although both currencies are currently weak, the rand saw minor fluctuations while the British pound climbed slightly.
Bank of England policymaker Martin Weale cautioned making any monetary changes because of the weakening pound. This may have caused the currency to briefly rally, further weakening the rand.
— Nelson Mandela Bay (@NMandelaBay) July 19, 2016
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, crime in South Africa is high, and it is costing South Africans about $66 billion a year in costs. Crime has created a culture of fear because the high rates of violent crime, as well as the number of farm murders, have many South Africans worried because little has been done by the government to solve the problem. Farming in South Africa is one of the most dangerous occupations in the world. While South Africans did their 67 minutes of charity on Mandela Day, more serious problems, such as terrorism, failed to be addressed too.
White squatter camps are an additional issue that the South African government has failed to address. It is estimated that as many as 400,000 to one million white South Africans are living in the camps, and the ANC-led government has failed to provide resources to help.
No word has been given whether or not the government encouraged South Africans to visit the camps and try to provide assistance. Whites have been largely barred from the job market because of Black Economic Empowerment, and those in the camps are struggling for survival. Charities have been barred from helping whites, compounding the problem of genocide. Dr. Gregory Stanton of Genocide Watch placed South African at six on a scale of eight for the genocide of white South Africans.
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Money Web reported that terrorists are now in South Africa. Terrorism in South Africa is nothing new, though. During the apartheid era, Nelson Mandela and the ANC were classified as terrorists by the American government. Mandela was removed from the terrorist watch list is 2008.
Confusion on the issue of terrorism in South Africa has left the country unable to defend itself because of an inability to address the root causes of it. The South African Embassy caused confusion with its warnings of terrorist acts being committed during the Muslim holiday of Ramadan. Although South Africa failed to see any terrorist acts against either its citizens or Americans visiting the country and the government made a few arrests, little has been done to prepare the country for attacks if they occur.
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Eyewitness News reported that human trafficking is on the rise in South Africa too. Little was said about it on Mandela Day, and helping those who are trafficked seem to be low on the list of priorities of both the government and those who chose to do charitable acts.
The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development said that there had been an increase in the number of human trafficking cases. The consultative workshop to draft legislation to stem the tide of human trafficking took place before the celebration of Mandela Day. The prevalence of trafficking in metropolitan areas was highlighted, although none of the details of how this issue would be handled were given. The South African government has taken little action to stem the tide of human trafficking.
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