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South African Law favours the affluent

We all know someone who committed a less harsh crime and got jailed for a couple of months or years, then we also know those people around us whose families are well off and associated with some criminal activities but they walk around free even when many people know of their crimes.

From the South African Police services who are seen beating up people from lower class when they protest against their dissatisfaction with the government but when similar incidences occur in upper class people become escorted back to their homes without any violence.

We have seen people who come from poor backgrounds even take a fall for crimes they never committed. With little to no evidence they are not heard by the justice system but in cases where working class loots government resources the cases get dragged for years till the public is not interested anymore and such parties can go around scotch free.

In an episode by cutting edge on SABC 1 a lawyer highlights these inequalities and says a person can be wrongly accused and even jailed but their appeal may take so long because of state lawyers, whereas people from well off families tend to hire their own private lawyers and investigators and are able to get away with a lot.

In Eastern Cape we have been listening to the trial of people who looted funds from Nelson Mandela’ estate funeral funds and to date none of the accused have been arrested.

Many South African politicians including the recent case of Dr Zweli Mkhize who resigned and said he would refund the funds and was left without having to face consequences of their actions.

It has become a norm for affluent to get away with crimes while many poor people go as far as being jailed for crimes they never committed. What does this mean for South African Justice system? Please share your thoughts and opinions on the matter below.

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