Our expert says:
Dear Lynne, what a horible series of horrible events. it's not that life is worthless in this country, but that far too many people in this country don't value anyone else's lives at all, and don't value their own very much. I understand your feelings of despair. When I lived and worked overseas, in Britain, Canada, America, Germany --- except for meeting people in tragic circumstances when I was working in Casualty, nobody I knew, as a friend, co-worker, colleague, had ever been a victim of crime. The majority of people in such countries have not been victimized. Since I've been back in SA the position has reversed --- I no longer know ANYBODY, in any way, who has NOT been a victim of crime. And the sad fact is that the authorities really and truly do NOT care about this, and their decisions and actions speak of far greater sympathy with perpatrators and victims, and there is no efort put into the surely necessary broad cultural shift towards a universal condemnation by all cultures and communities of all these phenomena of selfish violence and predatory behaviour.
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