‘Civil society needs a voice’ after the murder of 11 people in 15 hours‘

Durban — Reacting to the shooting deaths of 11 people in two separate mass shootings in KwaZulu-Natal in the space of 15 hours, communications specialist Anneke Burns has said “civil society needs a voice”.

Burns said that reports of the latest spate of murders are sending shockwaves through South Africa, and reveal the need for civic bodies to come to the fore, and make their voices heard.

“We have a role to play, as civil society, in educating communities about the true impact of the issues facing society, such as violent crime and substance use,” Burns said.

“It’s not enough to recognise the factors that contribute to violence in our society, we have to do something about it.

“We need to educate society about the true cost of maladaptive behaviour, and this needs to happen before people fall into detrimental, and criminal behaviour.

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