The judicial system is perpetuating the perception that poor black lives are inferior to those of other racial groupings.
The number of cases of brutal racist murders against the poor, especially in rural areas, is disturbing and intolerable. The latest is Marcel Nel's case.
How could the magistrate condone the brutal murder of an 11-year-old and endorse the accused's despicable submission that the victim's clothes fitted the description of a dog?
These are the conclusions of a man responsible for the equitable administration of justice and upholding the principles of the highest law in the land, the constitution.
Sello Pete could never ever have looked like a dog "with rabies". Even in his grave he does not look like a dog.
We should condemn magistrates and judges whose decisions sow racial hatred and division.
That poor black people in our country have demonstrated maturity and a willingness to build a non-racial, non-sexist and just South Africa should not be misconstrued as stupidity.
Pule Malefane, Johannesburg