We have previously written about the inefficiency and ineffeciveness of our justice system.
Being 'hard on soft crime and soft on hard crime' is a downward spiral.
The chickens always come home to roost when it comes to Sustainability, and when systems are neither fair nor just Society at large ends up paying for it, in some way or another.
This horrific news story gets worse when one reads through the brutal and inhumane comments made by some 'good citizens'.
The result is that a shoplifting theft of a low value item will already have cost the South African tax payer vast amounts of money in the treatment of the unfortunate in question - and, tragically, it is unlikely that this person will ever be a productive citizen.