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27 Nov 2015
2:00 pm

SA needs cure for murder epidemic

We are in crisis, an epidemic, and we, the people of this country, have to fight back.

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The ink had barely dried on our comment on violence against women and children, when we learnt that police are searching for a man in Pretoria in connection with the murder of his wife. There is no politically correct terminology on these pages: it is not a challenge, it is a crisis. It is a pandemic.

The lives of South Africans are seemingly worth so little that we hear about murders numerous times a day. It is even worse for the vulnerable members of society who face the danger of criminals, yet they then also face the rage of the ones who are supposed to love them.

Take a moment and consider the story of the nine-year-old girl who was kidnapped in Northcliff. Before you found that out, she was found, so what was the first thing that went through your mind? We are in crisis, an epidemic, and we, the people of this country, have to fight back.

We implore everyone to report any abusive behaviour before it turns to a family murder and to report any suspicious behaviour before it turns into a violent crime. South Africa belongs to us and we deserve to live.