Loss is the same

Mark R H Kleinschmidt, Kenwyn . While I am outraged and saddened at the brutal killings of teenagers, Khayelitsha resident, 19-year-old Sinoxolo Mafevuka, and Muizenberg resident, 16-year-old Franziska Blöchliger, I am left bewildered by the insensitivity by some sectors of our communities highlighting the inequality of police investigations and resources of the tragic slayings.

Both families of the deceased have suffered equal loss in the aftermath of the dastardly deaths, and both communities and the nation is understandably devastated. But I question and am saddened by the intention of illustrating the differences in resources afforded to each of the ghastly incidents.

When our nation should be questioning the national govern-ment in respect of resourcing provinces equitably in policing, education and human settlements, then wherein lies the blame for the disparity?

Crime and justice are colour blind; and so too is the bereavement of the loss of a loved one. There is no cure or quick-fix for sorrow or healing. For the Mafevuka and Blöchliger families their tragic loss is permanent.

Let us for the sake of nation-building, work towards addressing the symptomatic effects of crime and the prevention thereof, by addressing the issue of economic disproportion to effect healing and reconciliation.

The untimely and horrendous killing of the two teenagers highlights the disparity of the haves versus the have-nots in society, but let us proactively tackle economic and social disparity collectively as a nation.