Editor's note

By Drum Digital
21 March 2014

DRUM Beat is back!

Our crime statistics are no secret. We have one of the highest crime stats in the world. What’s even more alarming are the police brutality cases.

They’ve reached worrying new levels. A study by the South African Institute of Race Relations has revealed shocking numbers relating to deaths, assault, rapes and torture, all allegedly perpetuated by our very own South African Police Service.

According to these numbers, it’s a case of the wolves guarding the sheep. See page 16 for more.

The first two weeks of the Oscar Pistorius trial have proven that there indeed exists a market for Court TV in South Africa. We’ve all been glued to our screens, transfixed by what is going on in that courtroom.

Social media such as Twitter and Facebook has also exploded, with everyone expressing their opinions on the proceedings. This is good for open justice as well as being educational. In this issue, we bring you all the role players you’ve been asking about and their responsibilities. See page 14 for your courtroom guide on who’s who and why they are there.

It’s confirmed: Come 10 May, we’re back in Soweto for the fourth annual DRUM Beat.

For the past three years, we’ve all gathered to celebrate Mzansi’s finest music offerings and heard the likes of the legendary Hugh Masekela, Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, Thandiswa Mazwai, Zahara, Judith Sephuma and Zonke among others. This year is no different. The stage is set to welcome even more of our great talents. Oliver Mtukudzi, Ringo Madlingozi, Zakes Bantwini and many others. So make a note and let’s make it a date to remember. See you there!

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