Make Rape and Murder Cases Priorities, Not Zuma's Trial

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Make Rape and Murder Cases Priorities, Not Zuma's Trial


I am getting sick and tired of hearing about all the fraud and corruption. These crimes have become about the only thing you hear on television, radio and in the papers. What about all the rapes, murders and armed robberies? What about all the violence?

It's not the fraud, theft and corruption that is chasing everyone to Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom - it's the violent crimes. It's the rapes, robberies and murders that will keep tourists away from the 2010 World Cup.

Fraud and corruption cases involving ordinary South Africans do not make the headlines in the United States, the UK or the rest of the world. It is the violence in South Africa that does.

Every year we have more than 18 000 murders. It is believed a woman is raped every six minutes. Every year, hundreds of children are abducted and brutally raped.

Yet our media tend to focus on Jacob Zuma and his upcoming trial. All the while our people, young and old, black and white, are being raped, robbed or murdered, often for goods worth less than a rand, and often for no particular reason. There is something gravely wrong here.

Exactly how many unsolved murder, rape and armed robbery cases are police investigators sitting with? Why is the state not spending millions of rands and thousands of man hours on other serious cases to establish who raped, robbed or murdered our loved ones?

Or are they, the police and the Scorpions, so hellbent on proving a point by putting so many resources into one case and bringing down Zuma? I would have no issue with the law chasing fraudsters and corrupt officials, if they would only commit the same amount of time and resources to solving other serious crimes.

Too many families have to live with the fact that they will never find out who killed or raped their loved ones. This is unacceptable and a great injustice to our people.

Rape and murder are much more serious than fraud and corruption. Those intending to challenge me on this should wait until they or their children become victims of violent crimes. Or wait for the day when your wife, daughter or mother arrives home to tell you they have just been brutally raped and assaulted. …

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