LAST week two horrific crimes landed in our courts. The Middelburg coffin case involved two white men pushing a terrified black man into a wooden casket while threatening to set it alight. You probably know of this racist incident because newspapers rightly covered the subject on their front pages. Political party operatives jostled for attention in the open court. Even the president made space in a speech to condemn the act as “shocking, painful and despicable in the extreme”. The other court saga was a rape case in Nyanga, Cape Town, where 10 men raped a 13-year-old girl. You are less likely to have heard about this event, since most of the media barely gave it a glance.So here‘s the question: why do some of South Africa‘s horrors receive less attention than others? It helps of course to have video material available as well as photographs; online newspapers invite you to watch, in bold letters. We are repulsed by the dastardly act for which the evidence is as clear as daylight. B...

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