Less human

2008-09-01 00:00

In Midrand last week, SA Human Rights Commission chairman Jody Kollapen told the Action for a Safe South Africa (Assa) Convention that crime is a threat to the fabric of our society. The fear generated by rampant crime “balkanises” us into closed groups increasingly inaccessible to one another. It also shuts us off as individuals: if we encounter someone in distress these days, we think twice about stopping to offer help.

And this is one of the worst aspects of crime in South Africa: not only is it a physical threat to which we must constantly be alert, but it robs us of our humanity, eroding the urge to extend the hand of friendship to those in need.

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