Will crime put you off going to the World Cup in South Africa?

world cupWith little less than a year to go until the World Cup South Africa’s crime rate is coming under closer scrutiny.

Later today they will release its latest crime figures. President Jacob Zuma has just appointed a new hardline police commissioner to tackle problems facing the country.

President Zuma says he is confident that crime won’t put off fans who are thinking of going to next year’s tournament; but is he right?

Let us know.

14 Responses to “Will crime put you off going to the World Cup in South Africa?”

  1. 1 patti in cape coral
    September 22, 2009 at 13:28

    Not caring much for sports will put me off going to the World Cup. If it were a mega concert with all my favorite singers/musicians, and I had the money to go? No, the crime wouldn’t stop me going.

  2. 2 Dave in Florida
    September 22, 2009 at 15:02

    “President Zuma says he is confident that crime won’t put off fans who are thinking of going to next year’s tournament.”

    I think President Zuma needs to rethink that statement. The bigest question may be will the fight against crime continue after the World Cup, or will everything just return to the downward spiral it has become?

  3. 3 Dinka Aliap Chawul-Kampala,Uganda
    September 22, 2009 at 16:30

    Xenophobic attitudes in SA is the only one a fear most……………………

  4. 4 vijay pillai
    September 22, 2009 at 16:53

    Not at all.South africa is a great african country which hosted the world summit on sustainable development in Johannersburgh in 2002 with great success which i attended. I am sure they would make sure the world cup would ce another world event which they host like world beauty contest and so on. I am not a football fan but played cricket as a hobby .Good luck .

  5. 5 David
    September 22, 2009 at 17:12

    Where on earth there is no crime

  6. 6 Richard in France
    September 22, 2009 at 17:24

    There has never been an event like the Football World Cup in South Africa. Previous events were attended by very few foreigners who roamed the streets or gathered in their Thousands outside stadiums.
    Unemployment is over 60%, there are no Government benefits for the poor and hungry, the FANS are going to look like easy pickings to the criminals in Gauteng (Johannesburg) and I for one no matter what the Politicians say will not be going.
    Fact : More people murdered in S.A. in 2007 than in Iraq, I believe Seph Blatter should be held personally responsible for any fans deaths during the 2010 World Cup because this choice was purely political.

  7. 7 Ryan in Alberta
    September 22, 2009 at 18:42

    Johannesberg was already known as a fairly dangerous place to travel to, even previous to the World Cup being held there, however people still travelled here previously despite this fact. Therefore the likely hood that it will put fans off from going is unlikely.

    If anything it may affect the type of people that travel here. I think it will be more likely that larger groups of fans will travel here and around the city if only for safety sake.

  8. 8 Nelson Isibor
    September 22, 2009 at 19:53

    That’s definitely something to think about.
    Crime exists every where on planet earth but it’s more pronounced in some places than others.
    One could probably do with a bullet proof vest and a chain amour vest!!

  9. 9 nora
    September 22, 2009 at 22:18

    Football fans are generally capable in a row. The most avid fans can give as good as they get. For some, beating the stuffing out of an assailant could be added to the tour package as a bonus.

  10. 10 Dennis Junior
    September 23, 2009 at 11:32


    Since, I am not going to South Africa’s World Cup; No, the crime will not put me off…But, for some people it could deter the public internationally from attending….

    ~Dennis Junior~

    • 11 Dennis Junior
      September 24, 2009 at 12:43

      To my earlier remarks; Also, I should also says that….Many South Africans probably won’t attend the World Cup because of the Security issue…

      ~Dennis Junior~

  11. 12 L.Smith
    September 23, 2009 at 15:48

    I am South African, I would not go to the worldcup. I do not believe that enough has been done to fight crime in South Africa. For all the criminals there, this will be like a ‘shopping spree’ with all the unsuspected tourists around. To those that will go: Speak to the local people and be aware of the areas to avoid. Move around in groups.

  12. 13 Andy Scotland
    October 8, 2009 at 22:26

    I’m off there for the final next year and I’m really looking forward to it. Crime and violence happen everywhere. Taking adequate precautions and keeping yourself aware are recommended on most holidays.
    Millions of Africans have stayed there all their lives…….and they aint dead yet 😉

  13. 14 Maxine
    October 12, 2009 at 08:48

    In one word – YES. The crime in South Africa is terrible. They hate white people. I have friends who were born in South Africa (whte people), and they escaped to live a peaceful life in another country. I will make a prediction – there will be much violence, murder, theft at the Games. Get the crime statistics of S.A. It might put you off.

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