Famous crime is serious crime

A really terrible story today about a horrible violent life ending crime, made all the more shocking for the media’s utter lack of respect or restraint for the grieving family and friends. Describing how his family and friends had swollen eyes and who was coming round to commiserate. Wild and unfounded speculation.

The real story is crime in SA, and how it only makes the news if you are famous. Only then is it a terrible loss, only then will politicians speak up. No one is helping. Why does this crime get a special task team? Why doesn’t every murder, every violent event, every ounce of corruption not “strike at the moral fiber” of South Africa?

South Africa is still deeply divided and we need to work on our social cohesion and mutual respect.

Clearly now though, we have to add a class structure to the walls that keep us apart, rich people and famous people get a lot more attention that the poor is SA.

I’m appalled. We all should be more appalled. Social media turned Senzo Meyiwa’s untimely passing into a circus, and he and his family didn’t deserve that. The same can be said for Reeva Steenkamp’s tragic passing.

Sadly there are so many tragic stories in my beloved homeland.

But then again if you are not already famous you are not important. News is no longer about reporting on a story it is about creating a story and stretching it out for advertising revenue. I’m saddened and sickened by the entire event.

Life is cheap in SA, and it is for sale in the tabloids.


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