Community service is far more beneficial

2016-06-30 06:00

ONCE again we await the pleasure of the courts as on 6 July the extent of the hatchet drop on Oscar Pistorius will be known. Although 15 or 20 years of community service by one with so much to offer is far more beneficial, both for the convicted and the recipients, incarceration is the easier option.

Instead, the baying masses seeking retribution, justice, satisfaction or closure, all acceptable euphemisms for raw revenge, their right to their pound of flesh , will have their cups filled. Appeasement will be realised, at least on the surface, because people have the shameful propensity to harbour anger the release of which can only come about through having the humility and good sense enough to forgive. And so Pistorius will languish in jail, his potential talents to instruct and inspire the disabled and disadvantaged, wasted.

M. Hawthorn
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