This thorough, painstaking serial reconstruction of the alleged killing by two white Coligny farmers of a black sunflower-stealing youth in October last year, puts the conviction and their long jail-term sentence in serious doubt.
Violent crime has many costs, both material and emotional. While the suffering of families and victims cannot be measured in rands and cents, the economic cost can. And it turns out that the economic cost of violent crimes like murder is high.
Crime victims brought R14.6bn in civil claims against the Minister of Police in the 2015/2016 financial year – yet a parliamentary committee warns that this could cost 300 000 police officials’ jobs up to 2019.