While South Africa's crime statistics for 2007/08 show a continuation of the steady decline in crime levels over the past five years, the level of crime in the country is still unacceptably high, says Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula.
While organised crime makes up a small percentage of total criminal activity in South Africa, it still wreaks havoc on society and is therefore being paid special attention by the government, says Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula.
Debating a parliamentary report on the attacks against people from other African countries that flared up in various parts of the country in May, South Africa's political parties united in condemning the violence - and in the view that "Africans cannot be foreigners in Africa".
South Africa had been shamed and humiliated by the wave of anti-foreigner violence that had broken out in parts of the country over the past two weeks, President Thabo Mbeki said in a special televised address to the nation on Sunday night.
Speaking at South Africa's Freedom Day celebrations in Landsdowne, Cape Town, President Thabo Mbeki called for "all hands on deck" to tackle the challenges facing the country.
South Africa has awarded one of its highest civilian honours to a Chicago-born mother who became an international peace activist and motivational speaker following her daughter's tragic death in Cape Town.
South Africa ranks fifth in an innovative, comprehensive new ranking of sub-Saharan African countries according to the quality of their governance - defined in terms of safety and security, rule of law, human rights, sustainable economic development and human development.
South Africa's Independent Electoral Commission is marking ten years of administering successful elections locally and assisting in elections around the continent by launching a book documenting its endeavours in pictures and also raising public awareness to "go green" amongst others.
With four broad racial groupings, 11 official languages and a huge gap between rich and poor, South Africa has one of the most diverse populations in the world. Yet new research shows that the majority of the country's people see themselves as "South Africans", not as members of a specific racial or ethnic group.
"This celebration today, of a truly historic achievement, must communicate the message that the heroic people of our country, both black and white, have indeed entered into their Age of Hope," said President Thabo Mbeki at a joint sitting of Parliament to mark the 10th anniversary of South Africa's Constitution.