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IN ANOTHER ERA, AS MINISTER OF WOMEN, CHILDREN AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, THIS IS THE STATEMENT I WOULD MAKE TO SOUTH AFRICANS IN THE WAKE OF THE OSCAR PISTORIUS INCIDENT.

Fellow South Africans, men and woman of my country, sons and daughters of our land; Black, White, Coloured, Indian, Asian; the events of the past few weeks are tragic, and truly disappointing in every way. 

A few weeks back we’ve had to bury as a country a number of our people, among them a very young woman, Anene Booysen of Bredasdorp, whose life was ended in the most gruesome way, after being raped and her young body mutilated in the most savage way by our very own youth – two or so young men now facing the prospect of a long time in jail.

Within days and having barely recovered from the shock, we have now been stunned by the…

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