Editorials 12.8.2016 05:15 am

It’s the victims of crime who suffer

Photo: Supplied

Photo: Supplied

One example is that of a KwaZulu-Natal woman who was so upset about her husband’s death and the financial cost of burying him, she tried to take her own life.

One thing criminals don’t understand or care about is the devastating impact of their evil deeds on their victims, their families and friends. Crime can affect people in many ways, with many having to battle depression or anxiety-related illnesses.

With the support of family and friends, most people recover from traumatic experiences they’ve been through, but others are left with indelible scars that can ruin their lives.

One example is that of a KwaZulu-Natal woman who was so upset about her husband’s death and the financial cost of burying him, she tried to take her own life.

The woman’s husband was reportedly murdered last week and the burial was to take place in Mozambique. But she did not have the money to send his body back to his country of birth.

This is one of the many heartbreaking cases that highlight how vicious criminals can diminish their victims’ sense of self-worth.

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