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PHOENIX FA­THER WHO STRAN­GLED SON, 7, JAILED FOR 25 YEARS:

Me­lanie Innes: Not long enough. When it comes to child abuse, mur­der and sex­ual abuse the per­pe­tra­tors should be jailed for life – mean­ing 60 years or more or un­til they die. Our jus­tice sys­tem sucks.

Nashil Kandailal: 25? Is that the best the sys­tem can do?

Fiona Naidoo: Why are kids be­ing abused like this? So many of our in­no­cent chil­dren die at the hands of peo­ple who were sup­posed to pro­tect and keep them safe.

BABY X LOOKED LIKE AN ‘AN­GEL’:

Sand­hya Ram­lu­gan Da­wood: My heart breaks ev­ery time I read about this baby.

Michelle Van Wyk: We all know who this baby is. May her soul RIP.

DI­WALI BANGS, STIFF FINES:

Banu Rita Singh: There’s so much of is­sues with fire­works when it’s Di­wali. FYI, it’s Guy Fawkes on Novem­ber 5 but no one men­tions that. Also, peo­ple talk about an­i­mal cru­elty and trau­ma­tised an­i­mals but do they re­alise the trauma that poor sheep, lambs, cows, chicken or fish went through to die for you to eat. My con­science is clear as I have be­come a veg­e­tar­ian. Be­fore you start mak­ing fire­works or Di­wali an is­sue, ask your­self; what is the ac­tual is­sue?

Ish­mael De­wan: I grew up in Vic­to­ria Street and we popped fire­works shoul­der to shoul­der with our Banya neigh­bours ev­ery year, like we’ve been do­ing for the past 100 years. I say we fight the sys­tem to­gether. After all, it’s only a once-ayear thing.

Mar­lene Retief: Good news. Please make sure they (the by-laws) are im­ple­mented.

VERU­LAM ‘RAPE’ CAT EUTHANISED; HAD A RARE SKIN DIS­EASE:

Char­maine Pil­lay: They told the whole world it was an In­dian man. That is not right be­cause no­body men­tions race when it is from an­other group. It’s not right to tar­nish a rep­u­ta­tion. The lady who made this al­le­ga­tion should her­self be ar­rested for de­stroy­ing this man’s life.

Shan­tal Ma­habir: Omg. This poor man was de­famed and shamed be­cause of some­one else’s stu­pid­ity.

Preshni Pa­day­achee Ban­gar: Thank God it’s false news. I couldn’t sleep after read­ing about this.

●Ye­jna Gan­gadin: Given the SPCA re­port, the owner should be held ac­count­able for an­i­mal neg­li­gence! Poor kitty.

Aldrin Sa­muel: This is the prob­lem with so­cial me­dia. It’s all pro­pa­ganda and must stop.

GRAN BUYS R40 LOTTO TICKET AND WINS R57 MIL­LION:

Michelle Van Wyk: Nice . . . en­joy gran.

Zaa­heda Khan: Wow, con­grats.

Re­shad Shaik Es­sop: Just a scam. The granny is prob­a­bly re­lated to them.

KIDESH RAM­JET­TAN AC­CUSED PLEADS GUILTY:

Ken­neth Frank: The killer needs to give up the name of the per­son who or­dered the hit. The killer wants mercy from the courts, then give a name and then pos­si­bly es­cape a life sen­tence.

Neeta Somers: There must be no mercy for that cold blooded hit man.

DURBAN’S TRENDY IN­STA­GRAM COP FINDS HER­SELF IN HOT WA­TER OVER HER TAT­TOO:

Shay Gounden: I don’t un­der­stand what a tat­too has to do with catch­ing crim­i­nals, mur­ders and rapists and cor­rupted peo­ple. These are adults. And if the po­lice de­part­ment had a dress code, surely when they ap­ply for the job it’s in their con­tract rules and reg­u­la­tions.

Pranav Dawlat: Oh damn, if it wasn’t for that tat­too this coun­try would be so much safer.

Kevin Singh: I doubt that a tat­too should be an is­sue be­cause if you look at some of these po­lice mem­bers who don’t have tat­toos, they are the ones who get in­volved in ma­jor crimes. Some peo­ple put re­li­gious signs and some peo­ple do it as a fash­ion state­ment, but that does not make them a crim­i­nal.

Nevash­nie Narain­samy: They’re wor­ried about a tat­too when they should be wor­ried about get­ting more peo­ple who can fight for our coun­try.

Vishal Singh: A tat­too identifies the po­lice mem­ber who can be marked by the crim­i­nals they ar­rest.

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