Controversial former University of the Witwatersrand SRC president Mcebo Dlamini was denied bail in .
After looking at the letters of two readers who took opposing viewsto the Sowetan's "I Have A Dream" advert on KayaFM, I feel compelled to respond. Every day the gap seems to grow between the denialists who don't want to face the reality of our crime situation, and the whingers who grab every opportunity to criticise South Africa and portray it as doomed.
The tragedy is that somewhere in between these two extremes lie the rest of us, but we feel powerless to do much to make things better. I think a lot has been said by either side, but South Africa is not going to go anywhere if we all just sit back and watch these two sides argue the point.
If existing methods are not helping, we need to be willing to be bold, creative and think outside the box.
That is the function of mass media, with access to the people, to engage in healthy debate and raise awareness and get citizens to come together to address issues that affect us all.
I think Sowetan did a fine job making an ad that hit hard, woke people up and got them talking. What is our dream, and what do we need to do to achieve it? That, I think, is what the ad asks of us.
I have been a victim of pick-pocketing, armed robbery, a racist assault and break-ins, but I am still proudly South African and will die in this land
As South Africans our gift is hope. Well done to Sowetan .
Bryan Arumugam, Gauteng