I want to add my voice to those who have condemned the murder of Thato Radebe, including Justice Malala on February 19.
It is very important for all of us to realise that we have lost our humanity and respect for life.
As a member of the SAPS, I know the trauma we as police officers go through when dealing with such crimes. We are also parents and it hurts so much because these crimes cannot be explained.
Imagine searching for a missing child, being a parent yourself, and you find a lifeless body, murdered with signs of rape. It shatters one's soul.
Growing up as an African boy, all adults were my parents and we used to hide in our homes until a funeral procession had passed. The same cannot be said about today's generation who conduct themselves at a funeral as if they were at a wedding.
My concern extends to the media which exposes our children to pictures of corpses and badly hacked victims.
I pray that Malala's emotions were not influenced by his knowing the victim's mother, because there are so many victims of these barbaric acts out there.
We need everybody to deal with this problem and the police have assisted by providing a toll-free number people can call to report criminal activities.
These criminals live among us, so let us stop them in their tracks before they kill more innocent people.
Ernest Mayiki, Bloemfontein