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In 2013, days after former president Nelson Mandela’s passing, the current president of the United States of America (US), Donald Trump, (then still a private citizen), tweeted:

“I really like Nelson Mandela but South Africa is a crime ridden mess that is just waiting to explode-not a good situation for the people!”

Many South Africans took offence with Trump’s comments.

Cash-in-transit heists have become the order of the day.

The South African Police Service (SAPS) recorded a total of 39 828 rapes in 2016/17. Though they were down from 41 503 in 2015/16, they remain too high and unsettling. An average of 109.1 rapes were recorded each day in 2016/17.

These stunning crime levels are a serious blow to South Africa’s image around the world. The world is aware that South Africa suffers from shocking high crime rates. They probably laugh at the idea of a “Rainbow Nation” because of how violent our society is.

Donald J. Trump

βœ”@realDonaldTrump

I really like Nelson Mandela but South Africa is a crime ridden mess that is just waiting to explode-not a good situation for the people!

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