The new public protector says she will leave the dispute over the state capture report prepared by h.
Crime is driving us crazy. And all South Africans, including most criminals, are frustrated by the ineptitude of our cops, courts and prisons.
But that can never be used as an excuse to hunt down the perpetrator of a minor crime and shoot him dead.
The courts still have to establish under what circumstances a street kid was shot after a smash-and-grab theft.
But it appears the victimised motorist chased after the 12-year-old perpetrator, drew a gun, shot him dead and then sped off.
Most of us know how angry and violated we feel after being victims of crime and many are resorting to taking the law into their hands.
But that gives no one licence to resort to the law of the jungle.
Our law is clear: a citizen may only kill a criminal if the victim's life is in danger. A fleeing street kid poses no such danger.
So if news reports are accurate, the missing motorist had no right to summarily execute the perpetrator - no matter how violated he felt.
The law must now take its course. The cops must locate the killer and bring him to trial. And the courts must determine the circumstances, then hand down an appropriate sentence if he's convicted.
Unfortunately this is a lose-lose situation. The motorist stood almost no chance of getting satisfaction had he laid a complaint. But that does not justify murder.