Justice system not for the poor

I agree with the South African Human Rights Commission chief executive Tseliso Thipanyane that "black life is cheap".

I agree with the South African Human Rights Commission chief executive Tseliso Thipanyane that "black life is cheap".

How else can one justify a mere R10 000 fine for a farmer who shot dead an 11-year-old boy because he thought he was a dog.

But what about the fraudster who was sentenced to four years imprisonment and only served four months? Is there such a thing as justice in our country? Or are only the fortunate few above the law?

Our justice system is failing its citizens. Poor people who commit minor crimes, such as urinating on the roadside and drinking in public, are arrested and they serve their full sentences.

What happens to a brutal, cruel, barbaric and merciless farmer who murdered a young boy and claims he thought the child was a dog? He gets away with murder.

Masilo Mateta, Pretoria

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