The South African moderate-conservative columnist decries violence in his country: "The truth, my friends, is that we have gross acts of inhumanity perpetrated by ourselves — and by our state — every hour and every day. Disagree with me, yes. By the time you have finished disagreeing with me, a woman in this beautiful country of yours will have been raped. Anywhere else in the world this would be a crisis. Here we get up in the morning, brush our teeth and go to work."
More: "Our crisis is this: we have lost our sense of empathy and we have perfected the act of keeping our heads down while our fellow men and women suffer. It is a crisis of conscience, a crisis of our humanity. When there are people screaming all around us, we choose to join the mob. It is men like you and me who join the gang rape, instead of walking away and reporting it. It is an individual crisis: too many of us are content to see acts of brutality and not lift a finger so long as it happens to 'them' out there. It is also a collective crisis: we have put in power men and women who every day hear of a woman being raped, a child being murdered, and fail to use the power in their hands to humanise us all."