Kgomotso Matsunyane

Murder most foul

2007-11-08 10:03

Kgomotso Matsunyane

Yet another serial killer was put behind bars this week. Do you honestly feel safer? No, I didn't think so. All that means is that there's another serial killer waiting to get caught.

Given the fact that we don't have the most, how shall I put it, sophisticated police service in the world, it chills my bones to the core that we still arrest and convict as many serial killers as we do.

South Africa is fast becoming the serial killer capital of the world, and it doesn't look likely to change anytime soon. That's hardly the kind of stats we need just before hosting the World Cup in 2010.

The question in my mind is this, are serial killers born or created? Possibly both. If Richard Nyauza is anything to go by, it's obvious that some people are completely deficient of the gene for compassion, which means they will never feel remorse, nor see anything wrong with their awful deeds.

Nyauza is reported to have laughed out loud when the only survivor of his murderous spree was testifying in court, and he declared to all and sundry that his 16 life sentences will make absolutely no difference to his life. This is a man who described his first murder as being akin to making love for the first time. A contemptible thought for you and me, but not so for our murdering brethren.

The list goes on

Moses Sithole, Gert Van Rooyen, Sipho Twala, Steven Wilken, Elias Xitavhyudzi, David Selepe, the list goes on and on. I ask you comrades: what the hell is wrong with South African men that they're turning out to be such a murderous bunch?

Yes, I know, not all our men are killers, but serial killers aside, we also happen to be the world leader when it comes to intimate femicide. I get that whole "we're all traumatised by apartheid" argument, but it sounds like a seriously lousy excuse and offers absolutely zero solutions to a desperate problem.

It was just a few weeks ago we woke up to the nightmare of the KZN sugar cane serial killers. As with so many of kasi-style serial killers, they target desperately unemployed women with the lure of much needed jobs. Imagine if our police system was actually functioning at 100% capacity instead of the current 10% (my own unsubstantiated figures), how many more would be discovered? Yes, I too shudder at the thought.

On a completely different tangent (its my column, I'm allowed), here's my Spruitview gripe of the week - could somebody please explain to me why there is only one exit and one entry into Spruitview, long after the entire area has exploded with inhabitants?

And would the owners of the Spruitview Mall please, I beg you, please, fix the potholes in the parking lot that (I swear) have been there for the past six years! Enough already.

  • Kgomotso Matsunyane is a confessed addict of the Crime & Investigation Channel, and is prone to sweeping generalisations that make opinions sound like facts.

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