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Dear Ms Nicola Duckworth I have read through the Amnesty International annual report 2012 for South Africa and I must say that I am quite disappointed as it makes no reference to the plight of the white minority group. It would be highly appreciated if you and the research team that prepares the report on South Africa could read through this document and to do any further research / analysis as you may deem appropriate on this matter. I would firstly like to state that I do not dispute the concerns regarding groups mentioned in the Annual Report, and I am not implying that whites are more at risk than any other mentioned group. I just don't know why their situation is totally ignored? Murders and other hate crimes perpetrated against the white minority in South Africa South Africa is extremely violent country with almost the highest murder rate (rate not number) and highest rape rate (rate not number) in the world, all people are affected by the crime, Blacks as a number more than whites which makes perfect sense as they account for 80% of the demographic. Unfortunately the SAPS does not keep statistics on any crimes by race, so it would be difficult to determine the difference in the murder rate by population group and if any trends can be determined over a certain period. There are groups that collect data and verify it against newspapers articles etc., I do understand though that this data cannot be used as official statistics, however there are estimations that between 65 thousand and 75 thousand white people have been murdered in South Africa since 1994, of these between 3 and 4 thousand murders were on farms. Since murder rates are not available by race, I have made the following calculation on various murder number assumptions starting at a very low conservative assumption of 50 thousand white murders increasing to the estimated levels. I used the latest population data provided by the Department of Statistics and the murder numbers provided by the South African Police Service to determine a murder rate per 100 thousand for this 18 year period. (Note usually murders are calculated as a rate per 100 000 per year, since annual estimations are not available I only calculated it over the 18 year period)
It is clear from the above that even at a very conservative assumption of 50 thousand white murders, the white population in South Africa is almost twice as likely to get murdered than South Africans of other races, when the number of murders that are estimated by other groups are used the rate increase to almost 3 times as likely. Data by race would enable us to determine if there is any trends, and if the murder rate has declined for whites and whether this is in line with the decline in murder rates for the rest of the population. This would enable us to determine if other minorities like coloured and Indian/Asian people are also targeted. It is also clear that accurate data per race is needed to determine the actual extend!