SA drops ranking on global peace index

2012-06-27 09:05

Johannesburg - South Africa ranked 127th on Vision of Humanity's global peace index (GPI), dropping 29 places from number 98 place in 2007.

The 2012 index, released earlier this month, was done on 158 countries and the 2007 index on 120 countries, according to Vision of Humanity's website.

The index showed the world has become more peaceful for the first time since 2009. All regions excluding the Middle East and North Africa saw improvements in levels of overall peacefulness.

The 2012 GPI was the sixth edition of the world’s leading measure of global peacefulness.

Produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace, the GPI ranks 158 nations using 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators which gauge ongoing domestic and international conflict, safety and security in society, and marginalisation.

Middle East, North Africa least peaceful

It showed Iceland was the most peaceful country for the second successive year, and Syria dropped by the largest margin - over 30 places to 147th position.

Somalia remained the world’s least peaceful nation for the second year running.

The end of a civil war saw Sri Lanka rising 30 places to 103.

For the first time, Sub-Saharan Africa was not the least peaceful region and has steadily increased levels of peacefulness since 2007.

The Middle East and North Africa was now the least peaceful region, reflecting the upheaval and instability caused by the Arab Spring.

And for the sixth consecutive year, Western Europe remained markedly the most peaceful region with the majority of its countries in the top 20.

The Asia Pacific regions’ overall score improved by the largest extent from last year and included three of the top five risers.

North America experienced a slight improvement, continuing a trend since 2007, with the US raking at number 88.

Latin America experienced overall gain with 16 of the 23 countries seeing improvements to their GPI score.

  • Bardy - 2012-06-27 09:10

    Well thats a surprise! With a government that hates whites and the citizens that are on the brink of civil war, what do you expect?

      Scouter - 2012-06-27 09:33

      SA is quite likely to drop a few more places by the time this year is out ...... the way things are going.

      smili.fication - 2012-06-27 10:49

      It completely stumps how dumb some people are ^^^ I mean WTF?

      Rodney - 2012-06-27 12:04

      Shame Bulls, must be hard for you to walk and talk at the same time. The facts are there for everyone to see, or are you going to deny the 1000's of murders in SA every year? Not much good has been said about Africa for a very good reason, not much good is happening in most parts. there are more conflicts and wars in Africa than anywhere else in the world at present. Pity you didn't think your comment through before making it, you may not have come across as racist if you had. I am pleased you are happy in your little world, the majority living around you aren't, that's because they live in the real world.

      mike.down.5492 - 2012-06-27 12:17

      Read bulls balls comment in the article on the Pretoria suicide couple and you will realize that he should be paying a premium price for oxygen.

      Schmee - 2012-06-27 14:09

      Balls is bored of playing with himself, now he's looking for alternative fun.

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-06-27 09:22

    People should be VERY concerned.. The amount of rhetoric aimed at "white people" has risen sharply, white people must started coming together and get the international communities involved..

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-06-27 12:54

      They will never get involved, we don't have oil. Sorry - it will have to be our own fight - but agreed, we must start preparing to defend ourselves.

      dorothea.dotty - 2012-06-27 14:06

      pointblank, the international community do not care.... and why should they? what is it about africa and the expecation that the world must come to their rescue?

      ThinkingChick - 2012-06-27 15:47

      @dotty. Here is why the international community should care. They made Africa the way it is. Colonialism, handing over of power and then aid. Also, if something is not done to end the absurd ANC's anti-white rhetoric, the rest of the world will have about 9 million whities looking for asylum in THEIR countries. This insanity must end.

  • jan.human - 2012-06-27 09:23

    The only "peace" coming from them.... We demand a "piece" of this ... we demand a "piece" of that.....

  • tatsee - 2012-06-27 09:23

    Whats that I see on the horizon?civil war?

      Bulls - 2012-06-27 10:45

      No tatsee, we passed that horizon during CODESA time. how old were you? the horizon was boiling then I wonder which questions were you going to ask then.

      ThinkingChick - 2012-06-27 15:55

      I think we are close to civil war. And I do not only mean whites and blacks. The ANC has failed - this is evidenced by all the protests. At what point do we agree that hundreds of protests in a mere six months is really civil war? Does it take an open declaration? If so, I can see it on the cards. Sadly, it's avoidable by people just getting out of old mindsets and voting for a different party. One that works - like the DA. My only hope is the born-frees - for the first time children born in 94/95 will be able to vote. I have a daughter in that age group. All her friends think the ANC is despicable - regardless of colour. We already saw the impact of a new generation in the last elections - a bigger vote for the DA.

  • jeanpierre.dumont - 2012-06-27 09:27

    Makes no sense at all - the US seems to be permanently at War with various nations (middle east) and threatening to get involved involved in global conflicts - lets not mention the ongoing threats of terrorism yet they rank better than SA. I dont buy it.

      Ze Don - 2012-06-27 10:21

      It's quite simple really... America isn't at war with itself!

      dorothea.dotty - 2012-06-27 14:07

      jeanpierre, the war in SA is an internal one. come on, wake up

  • james.eayrs - 2012-06-27 09:28

    Farm attacks...Malema...and ANC's lack of leadership.

  • eva.walle.75 - 2012-06-27 09:59

    A lot of ripples in the pond … Wonder who the ANC is going to run to for help first when the coffers run dry … China? Hahahahah! The ‘evil, imperialist’ West?

  • Juan - 2012-06-27 10:06

    147 th place for Sirya in a state of war and SA now 127th, not great. Concerning actually

  • braamc - 2012-06-27 10:09

    SA dropping in everything and fast, no surprise, thanks to the cANCer

  • Provence - 2012-06-27 10:17

    The ANC has only 31 places to go and then they did what they aimed to do, take RSA to the worst position in the world. Well done ANC, you must really be proud of yourselves. Now you and Mugabe can hold hands and say, we did it for AFRICA. Bunch of yellow belly spineless moronic jelly fish.

      philip.nel.12 - 2012-06-27 12:02

      They might have bettered it but they single handedly destroyed it.

      Rodney - 2012-06-27 12:10

      Frank, your anti white chip is showing, the index is for the country at home, not abroad. While i take your point and would have to agree, america is probably the most aggressive nation in the world at the moment, it is not at war with itself and the percentage of people being killed is far less than in SA or most other countries on the list.

  • philip.nel.12 - 2012-06-27 11:17

    And lets face the fact that once all the whites are gone the population still wont be happy because the gov is still not going to give people what they want... this country is going to become 5th world.

  • Johan De Beer - 2012-06-27 11:30

    No, never! How can that be? We are such a peaceful nation. Our government and the ANC makes sure of that by lookin after the interests of all citizens and tax payers?

  • frank.m.khumalo - 2012-06-27 11:36

    What a joke, Western countries most peaceful countries? oh I see they forgot about their military involvement in Libya, Afghanistan Pakistan Iraq the list is endless. Truly Zimbabwe must be the most peaceful and democratic country than to say Westerns are the most peaceful nations.

      philip.nel.12 - 2012-06-27 12:10

      Wow its clear how little you understand how the index works. First off. having military in other countries does not reflect the peace in the country it self. External conflics is not what they are measuring... they measure the internal capacity for peace... which in south africas case is dwindling.

      mike.down.5492 - 2012-06-27 12:21

      Switzerland has large army and compulsory military service and probably one of the most peaceful in modern times. Zimbabwe ...most democratic...mmmmm not according to any definition.

      rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-06-27 12:43

      frank: engage brain first....go to the web site for the survey, it has information, try to engage it. Once you have facts, use your intelligence to understand what this is about, now do some interpretive work to get to a considered and informed opinion....then back to your keyboard. Perhaps then your comments, whatever they reflect, will carry more weight.

      antin.herinck - 2012-06-27 12:53

      Ha what a moron. I dare you to go to Zim. Stand there on a soapbox and say that Mugabe is "badly ill". Or that he "is not a good president". Then see what happens to you. Then try to walk out of jail, when their cops have finished with you. Then see if you want to re-evaluate your crazy idea. I believe in free speech and all. But you need to go and talk shyte somewhere else.

  • antin.herinck - 2012-06-27 12:33

    Depressing in itself, but not the only very worrying index. We can thank ANC rule for the following as well. Look at the trend, SA is getting increasingly corrupt, hand-over-hand. ( SA Corruption Perceptions Indices: 2009 index: 4,9/10; ranking ? 2010 index: 4,5/10; ranking: 53 2011 index: 4.1/10; ranking: 64 The ANC is destroying SA at a seriously escalating rate! But those are the numbers. A (relatively) small, sad example of what these thieves do to our country is Limpopo. When we now learn that corruption is a major factor in having an entire province no school text books by end June, and we think what this will do to the already badly compromised victims of ANC-education, we can only despair. And then we have to witness these nauseating talk-shops and useless blather how Zuma says SA must this and that.... Bleeuuuuuurgh. (Rinses mouth.) At least it stopped raining, for now.

  • Chumscrubber1 - 2012-06-27 12:53

    Amazing, we're almost as peaceful as the mighty US of A. Are things really that bad there - or is it due to their war mongering habits that they receive such a low rating. We live in a country where the ruling party encourages racial hatred - I haven't heard anything like that in the USA???

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-06-27 12:57

      Ok, I read wrong - we were up there but are now rated almost as bad as Syria. Scary. Well done ANC, your hate mongering is very effective!

  • Schmee - 2012-06-27 14:11

    Peace and happiness generally go together.

  • charnelle.bester - 2012-07-04 19:29

    Why am I not suprised? In a country where Genocide is on the brink. Whats new?

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