No escape for victims of Mathe’s terror
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.