Crime and police in South Africa – level 1

13-11-2015 07:00

There is a lot of crime in South Africa. Every day, people kill around 50 other people. The situation is getting worse.

Near Johannesburhg, An incident happens. There is a robbery. The police see this.

The policemen shoot the criminal. He falls on the ground. A policeman comes to him. He shoots him. Another policeman come to the man. He kicks the criminal. The man is still alive. Then, another officer comes. He shoots and kills the man. This incident shocks people.

Difficult words: incident (a situation when something happens), robbery (when you rob a place or a person – to take something), kick (to hit with your leg).

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What do you think about the situation in South Africa?


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