Rapule Tabane | Criminals just keep coming back for more

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The Constitutional Court disagreed and struck down the death penalty as being inconsistent with the constitutional values enshrined in the country’s new Constitution. Picture: File
The Constitutional Court disagreed and struck down the death penalty as being inconsistent with the constitutional values enshrined in the country’s new Constitution. Picture: File

There is something familiar about the story of the man arrested for the gruesome murder of Tshegofatso Pule.

According to Sowetan newspaper, he has had his fair share of run-ins with the law, but has always avoided being sent to jail. The man was previously arrested on charges of attempted murder, attempted burglary and being in possession of a stolen vehicle.

But all those charges were withdrawn for unknown reasons. This time around, he should be afraid as the public scrutiny makes the withdrawal of charges against him unlikely. But I think this case exemplifies why we are stupefied that there is so much crime and it’s somehow not stopping, despite the numerous government initiatives to tackle the problem.

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