Venezuela on track for new murder record

2011-12-29 07:46

Caracas - Venezuela is on track to set a new record for murders and to remain South America's most violent country, according to data released by a crime watchdog.

The Venezuela Violence Monitor (OVV) said Tuesday that 19 336 people had been murdered in 2011, an average of 53 per day in a country of 29 million.

"We must inform the nation that 2011 will end as the most violent year in the nation's history," the group said in a press release.

The group's figures indicate that the rate of homicides climbed to 67 per 100 000 inhabitants in 2011, constituting an "epidemic" of violence.

Violent crime is a leading concern, both for Venezuelans fearful for their personal safety and for left-wing President Hugo Chavez's government, which provides only limited violent crime figures.

In February, the interior minister admitted that the homicide rate had climbed to 48 murders per 100 000 inhabitants in 2010 but did not give a precise count, saying only that there were around 14 000 killings that year.

That murder rate surpassed those of neighboring Colombia, which was 32 per 100 000 inhabitants last year, and Mexico, which was 14 per 100 000 inhabitants.

Colombia is beset by a leftist insurgency and Mexico is in the throes of bloody war among drug cartels.

  • mike.bester1 - 2011-12-29 08:19

    Those dame Venezuela’s are trying to catch up with us?.

      Squeegee - 2011-12-29 08:52

      Well, that's one place that I won't be emigrating to.

  • colin.dovey - 2011-12-29 09:28

    1. South Africa has amongst the highest incidences of child and baby rape in the world 2. The South African farming community has suffered from attacks for many years. The majority of the victims have been white farmers, with claims of death tolls of up to 3,000 cited in the national and international media. While the government describes the attacks as simply part of the bigger picture of crime in South Africa white farmers point to brutal attacks and incidents involving self-declared racist motivations as evidence of a campaign to drive them off their land. 3. South Africa also has a high record of car hijackings when compared with industrialised countries. A South African insurance company, stated that they would no longer insure Volkswagen Citi Golfs manufactured in the previous two years as they were one of the most frequently hijacked vehicles in South Africa. Certain high-risk areas are marked with road signs indicating a high incidence of car hi-jackings within the locality! 4. The government has been criticised for doing too little to stop crime. Provincial legislators have stated that a lack of sufficient equipment has resulted in an ineffective and demoralised South African Police Service.The Government was subject to particular criticism at the time of the Minister of Safety and Security visit to Burundi, for the purpose of promoting peace and democracy, at a time of heightened crime in Gauteng.

  • Graziella - 2011-12-29 09:57

    At least Chavez is trying- judging by the inequalities in that society, previous Venezuelan governments didn't give a damn..

      pws69 - 2011-12-29 10:22

      Trying to do what? What has Chavez actually achieved in the long term? The first 5 years it all looked rosy, but it takes a little longer to destroy what the previous regime did, and now the chickens are coming home to roost. Those inequalities are back with a vengeance, and growing daily. You see, it is simple, there is no such thing as a free lunch. Even Cuba has abandoned the free lunch.

      Graziella - 2011-12-30 08:28

      Chavez kept his commitments to the poor—urban and rural. Instead of re-injecting profits into the oil industry, he invested them in projects aimed at combating illiteracy, malnutrition, diseases, and other social ills. Rather than declaring huge dividends for investors, he helped Argentina's embattled President Kirchner buy down that nation's IMF debts of more than $10 billion and he sold discounted oil to those who could not afford to pay the going price— including communities in the United States. He earmarked a portion of his oil revenues for Cuba so it could send medical doctors to impoverished areas around the continent. Here's a CIA (!?) sourced table showing how Chavez has affected Venezuelan living standards in his 10 years in office. And this is from people who helped to try to kill him.... Unlike Zuma, Chavez doesn't have to invent an enemy - he has a real one. Chavez isn't perfect - but he has had to survive a coup, followed by a Bush financed referendum. Chavez, like Fidel Castro before him, has an uphill task to lead his country to a system, where all may enjoy the dignity of work and live in peace--if he shows some imperfections during this huge task--then show me any person or system, perfect during inception.

  • pws69 - 2011-12-29 10:20

    In Chavez' communist utopia, the one Malema recently visited to "learn how it is done"? Surely not? GASP, SHOCK, HORROR.

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