Selective Journalism

Why is it that when a robbery, hijacking, or murder or any other crime takes place no mention is made of the colour of the perpetrator. In the press both English and Afrikaans we read about how robbers broke into a certain house, tied the occupants up, sometimes raping the women and torturing, killing people and ransacking the house and eventually departing in the house owners vehicle with all their loot. No mention is made as to whether the robbers are White, Black, Coloured, Indian or Chinese.

If a white farmer commits a crime against one of his workers the journalists leave you in no doubt as to the colour of the individual especially if he happens to be Afrikaans. Is this fair in a “Democratic” country.

When prisoners escape we are warned not to try and apprehend them as they are dangerous with no mention of the colour. With all due respect if I have to watch out for a dangerous criminal I need to know exactly what to look for.

Let us get real. What are the odds in South Africa that if you wake up in the middle of the night with three armed men staring at you that they will be white. I do not think you will find a bookie who will give you odds of 1000 to 1.

Butch Hannan