According to a friend of mine who has family living there, things in South Africa have become nearly unbearable, with many who can afford to do so seeking to immigrate elsewhere. Crime, especially rape, is apparently out of control. This has all lead to a dramatic decrease in life expectancy: South African males are only expected to live to age 49. That's worse even than in war-torn Iraq. Far worse.
I wonder why this subject doesn't get more press here in the US?
UPDATE:> It looks like AIDS is at least partially to blame.