Murders rattle S African Indians
South Africans of Indian origin are in a state of shock and disbelief following a series of brutal murders, the latest being that of a prominent Durban attorney, his wife and teenage son.Updated: Sep 08, 2008 00:21 IST
South Africans of Indian origin are in a state of shock and disbelief following a series of brutal murders, the latest being that of a prominent Durban attorney, his wife and teenage son.
Naren Sham, his wife Meer, and their son, Kavir were found dead at their home in the city on Saturday.
The latest incident took place at a time when the Institute for Security Studies has reported at least 40 South African homes are invaded by armed robbers every day and the reign of terror unleashed on people is increasing dramatically. The violent crime rate has raised the ire of most South Africans, including former activists and political prisoners.
Mr Sunny Singh, who was imprisoned on Robben Island for ten years for his underground activities during the liberation struggles with the African National Congress, said there was a sense of “helplessness” among the people because the Government was seen to be doing very little to tackle the violent crime wave. “People are concerned about the violent crime and when these brutal murders are committed, people don't know who to turn to,” he said.