Article appearing on BBC news Website: 16 April 2002

South Africa is the most dangerous country in the world, which is not at war.

Fifteen thousand people were murdered between January and September last year.

Cracking the problem of crime remains the single biggest challenge facing South Africa’s Government.

This year R31.8 billion ($3.5 billion) was budgeted to pay for the fight against crime, 11% of total government spending.

Have you experienced crime in South Africa? What can the government, and society at large, do? And following the acquittal of Dr Wouter Basson, the man who headed South Africa’s apartheid-era germ warfare programme, how much faith do you have in South Africa’s courts?