Murder O' Rama.Have we become desensitised to murder?

2014-11-04 15:33

Shrivaar Panday was an upstanding young man whom I met briefly at the UKZN campus, with a keen intellect and a bright future ahead of him. Now he became yet another victim to brigandry and violence that holds this country hostage. He was murdered in what is reported as a smash and grab incident that is proliferating throughout this country.

It is unnatural when we bury our young because of crime and the negativity that attracts people to become law breakers with impunity with the perception being is that government is soft on crime and only in high profile cases do government ministers come out in public and make promises that fade as the days go past.

Should we be revisitng the way in which we handle murderers? A while ago on my face book page I asked the question should we not be debating the issue of the death penalty only to be shsot down. Yes, it wont bring down the crime level but the thought of murderers removed from society and placed behind bars rankles many a taxpayer hankering after retribution. # Let this be clear. I do not support the death penalty by the way just as I dont support the recreational use of marijuana.

I therefore expect that the minister of police will deploy the same resources that found and apprehended the alleged murderer of Senzo Myiyewa within a week of his murder for I doubt that there is an index that prioritises which murder or serious criminal conduct deserves swift action to bring such miscreants to book. Everyone,the last time I read the Constitution, is entitled to the same protection and consideration under our law. Everyone is equal under the law and the foundational ethos of ubuntu must not be lost in the fog of rhetoric.

The Daily News ' circulating throughout the crime riddled city of Durban, published article on page 3 ,[ Question: why not front page?] emtitled  " Student killed in smash 'n' grab" (Daily News 4.11.2014) unfortunately does not capture, nor does it articulate the seething anger that ordinary law abiding civilians are keeping below the radar and there should be no surprise if vigilantism takes root and acquires an ugly countenance that would imperil the principle of the rule of law which enshrines our constitutional democracy.

I bet that if it was some famous celebrity, newspaper headlines would have every front page seeking coverage.

Our media should be hyper critical of the level of brigandry in our society and it should be editorialising the anger of readers and communities, those who invest in their children's education and those who are law abiding citizen. Our media shouldn't be elevating the fraudulent and the criminally bent as well as those who make a mockery of what our founding fathers fought so hard for.

Editors and journalists should be asking hard questions to government without fear or favour such as why is government soft on crime because our police force is so under resourced and demotivated that the thin blue line is fading fast.

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