Barbarity spoils innocent fun

Five years ago some bright sparks dreamt up the novel idea of throwing a beach party in Soweto.

Five years ago some bright sparks dreamt up the novel idea of throwing a beach party in Soweto.

The idea has blossomed into a big colourful pageant that affords thousands from the sprawling township, many of whom have never seen the ocean, a chance to experience the magical feeling of frolicking on beach sand.

The yearly spectacle has become an important part of the social calendar for many young Sowetans who are joined by throngs of their fun-loving peers from near and far.

Many hot-blooded young men make sure not to miss the chance to feast their eyes on the beauty of the female form in swimwear or other provocatively skimpy garb. There are also abs galore to satisfy the ladies' fantasy.

Great fun. But, alas, the Soweto beach party also attracts people with brutal minds.

This weekend a thug or thugs struck at the heart of the community, violating and murdering a 15-year-old girl whose free spirit had earlier graced the event at Power Park, Orlando.

We implore the organisers not to spare any expense in ensuring the safety of the thousands of decent, fun-loving people who have made the beach party such a roaring success.

Nevertheless the police and broader society cannot shirk their responsibility to take the fight to the criminals and to ensure that our neighbourhoods are safe.

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