Use case as means to change attitude to violence

I AM astonished to see that The Herald printed the letter from Charmaine Weidemann (“Parents should mourn in private”, March 10). The parents of Reeva Steenkamp do not deserve such cruelty.

Weidemann chose to stay quiet after the death of her sons and not badger the police to keep the case open. That is her choice, which I respect, but she has no right to tell others how to conduct themselves.

Why did Oscar Pistorius not hand over every penny he owned to Reeva’s parents, the least he could do if he accidentally killed their daughter? Why should he sit with all his money and them with nothing?

They would then not have to put up with all this abuse.

Unfortunately we are all aware of how many people are killed daily by violence in South Africa. Surely, we can use this one global court case positively to change something in our country instead of quietly sitting by.

Judy Scott, Port Elizabeth

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