No es­cape for vic­tims of Mathe’s ter­ror

The Star Early Edition - - OPINION & ANALYSIS -

THE DEATH last week of no­to­ri­ous crim­i­nal Ana­nias Mathe may have brought re­lief to au­thor­i­ties, but for his vic­tims it brings very lit­tle cheer. The scars linger. Mathe’s seven-year reign of rape, as­sault, house­break­ing, at­tempted mur­der and es­cape from cus­tody sent shock waves through­out the coun­try and left many res­i­dents in Joburg and Pre­to­ria scared and scarred.

He will not es­cape from prison any longer and will not hurt in­no­cent peo­ple, but in death, as in life, Mathe will keep the na­tion’s tongue’s wag­ging.

Per­haps the ques­tion on the minds of many is: Why did he do all th­ese evil things for so long?

Some of his vic­tims can still re­mem­ber how he ru­ined their lives. One woman even re­mem­bers to this day how he smelt on the day he mer­ci­lessly at­tacked her.

Our hope is that when Mathe is buried, so too will his ugly deeds, and that his vic­tims will feel safer know­ing there is one crim­i­nal out of the shad­ows.

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