yah indeed. the safer-cruising principles are the same as here in N.America, but the implications are much different in SouthAfrica, and specifically Gauteng province which is home to Johannesburg - the so-called violent crime capital of the world, in the most economically unequal country on the planet. in Joburg, you have people driving sports cars and living in mansions, and on the other side of town, you have 100s of thousands of people living in tin shacks. poverty is rampant, and that creates desperation. combine this with the prevalence of firearms, and you get a dangerous combination.
SAPS (South African Police Service) is woefully under-resourced and frankly not very sensitive to gay issues yet, so it took a lot of time and continual pressure to get them to pay attention to these crimes as they were emerging. its unclear if this is organised crime or a serial killer. as I remember the stories, the men who were killed invited the perpetrator into their homes (no signs of forced entry) in middle-class neighbourhoods, most were bound and strangled, but few belongings were stolen.http://www.iol.co.za/news/crime-courts/gauteng-s-gay-serial-murder-mystery-1.1249585#.T84y9LBYvPUhttp://www.pinknews.co.uk/2011/10/03/serial-killer-may-be-targeting-gay-men-in-johannesburg/