Sydney Majoko
3 minute read
12 Nov 2019
6:23 am

It is time for govt to put the people first

Sydney Majoko

Government has left massive gaps for groups like AfriForum to fill and, as is the case now with the Senzo Meyiwa situation, they stand to embarrass those in power.

AfriForum CEO Kallie Kriel briefs the media with members of Senzo Meyiwa's family on its decision to represent the family in his murder trial, 5 November 2019. Picture: Twitter (@AfriForum)

Up to 21,000 people are murdered in South Africa in one year. That’s 57 people a day. That figure is no longer shocking for most citizens, it’s a figure that’s thrown around each time the national crime stats are released. Like a frog in a pot whose temperature is being slowly increased, most people’s sense of outrage has been decreased and they have become desensitised to this outrageous situation. But it gets worse: less than 20% of the estimated 21,000 cases of murder committed in the country annually end up in court. Simply put, 17,000 of the people who get...