Criminals dictate quality of our lives

The gruesome murder of Avhatakali Netshisaulu - son of City Press editor, Mathatha Tsedu - is a heart-rending testimony to our unfortunate preoccupation with protecting minority rights.

The gruesome murder of Avhatakali Netshisaulu - son of City Press editor, Mathatha Tsedu - is a heart-rending testimony to our unfortunate preoccupation with protecting minority rights.

The disturbing outcome of this is the gradual deterioration of our democracy into a monster that has embarked on a programme to indiscriminately snuff out life and create misery and fear. It has turned our country into a paradise for criminals.

Our freedom has not just failed to give our country a more human face, but has also established conditions that are conducive to a dictatorship of minorities. This dictatorship has led criminals to dictate the span, content and quality of our lives.

Netshisaulu is described as a young man who defied adversity and emerged with skills which could have meant much to his community. He was young and gifted with a sharp intellect supported by remarkable academic achievements. How sad that he was robbed of bringing happiness to his family and community.

We hope this pricks the collective conscience of people who can change the situation, who have the mandate to structure our development. They can ensure that democracy benefits those who are thirsty for life, safety, mutual respect and prosperity. The majority must win the sympathy and support of leaders.

Our deep and sincere condolences to Netshisaulu's family.

Dan Habedi

Azapo secretary-general

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