Find solution to cycle of violence - union

2013-03-05 20:54
<a href=\\>Shutterstock</a>


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - The murder of a 17-year-old girl in Mohlakeng, west of Johannesburg, was indicative of the violence permeating through South African society, the National Council of Trade Unions (Nactu) said on Tuesday.

"The killing must be regarded as [an] unfortunate turn of events that should make us all hang our heads in shame," Nactu general secretary Narius Moloto said in a statement.

It was not enough to simply condemn the act. Society needed to reflect and ask itself difficult questions.

"Why is this happening? Why have we become such a violent nation, even at such an early age?

"Have parents and teachers abdicated their role as conveyors of sound morals and ethical teachings?"

A Grade 9 pupil appeared in the Randfontein Magistrate's Court on Monday in connection with the killing and was denied bail.

With South Africans of all ages exposed to violence, Moloto suggested this was, in extreme cases, manifesting itself in more violence.

"When you see police, you see violence around them... at Marikana, society was exposed, through television images, to violence, with police at the centre of it, and firing at protesting workers," he said.

"At political rallies, vitriol and heavy language is used to discredit political opponents... the list is long."

He appealed to parents, teachers, and religious leaders to find a solution to the cycle of violence destroying South Africa.

The 15-year-old girl was expected to appear in the Randfontein Magistrate's Court on Tuesday for the murder, The Star reported.

She is accused of stabbing the 17-year-old girl when they started fighting on Friday.

Both girls were pupils at Lukhanyo Secondary School, in Mohlakeng.

Read more on:    nactu  |  johannesburg

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


01 Jan 0001

More information
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.