Safety during 2010 World Cup in South Africa
In South Africa crime is a major problem, there is no point in foreigner coming here and not knowing this, because it is part of life. As long as you are careful about where you go when and what you look like you should be ok. By what you look like, we mean don't walk around with loads of jewellery on, carrying expensive camcorders, cameras etc in full view.
In the known tourist areas this is fine, but in less poulated parts of the cities this could result in someone attacking you for what you have.
There is a lot to be said in South Africa for safety in numbers, most crime in the country is opportunist crime, if a theif sees a lone person, in a quiet area with a nice shiny camera round there neck, they may take advantage of the situation, whereas had there been 3 or 4 people in the same situation the criminal would think twice.
All of this said, South Africa is mainly full of nice, friendly, good people who will be only to happy to help you during your stay, this article is not meant to scare you or stop you for coming to South Africa for the World Cup in 2010, or just for a holiday any time in the future - many foreigners come to South Africa every year and have a great holiday with no problems, and return time and again - it is just meant to let you know that crime is here and you should be aware of that.