Weekend Post (South Africa)

Justice system has failed to stem tide of monstrous murders

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MURDER has become a way of life. Farmers are slaughtere­d daily. Families are snuffed out through domestic killings. Politicall­y motivated murders are increasing.

Innocent bystanders, often children, are taking bullets from guns owned by gangsters. Tourists are victims of knife-wielding thugs who kill for a cellphone.

The list goes on. Figures show the number of murders can be equated to the number of road deaths. Rape, too, is commonplac­e. For how long are we, as a nation, going to accept this state of affairs? If not, what plan can be put forward to act as a deterrent to rid our otherwise wonderful country of this evil perpetuate­d by monsters?

Put another way, the present judicial system and law enforcemen­t have failed dismally.

Putting murderers and rapists behind bars has in no way stopped the killing spree.

Even giving the guilty life sentences – some even double or triple sentences – has not in the least scared off would-be killers. It’s as if they are fully prepared to be jailed as long as they snuff out a life.

About 15 years ago, a principal of our children’s school (and a wonderful friend of the family) was murdered by his wife.

A good man, an educationi­st of note and keen sportsman.

Who can forget his sense of humour and characteri­stic giggle? His life was shortened by a woman who carefully planned his murder over a two-year period. She was given a “life sentence”.

Now here’s the thing. She’s been released from jail. A free person. And has the cheek to go on Facebook and ask to be “friends”.

Her husband, a father and grandfathe­r? He wasn’t allowed the opportunit­y to live a full life, cut short by a murderess who is now enjoying the life of an innocent being.

Is this fair? Ask his relatives, children, grandchild­ren, fellow teachers, pupils and close friends. The answer is a spontaneou­s no. It’s grossly unfair and cruel.

Surely, it’s time for us as a nation to debate the issue and come up with a solution to stem the monstrous tide. The government, too, must have the political will to address the issue and ask the citizenry whether “a life for a life” is the answer. We know how victims will respond.

We know, too, the status quo will never crack it.

CLIFF BUCHLER, GEORGE

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