- Mzansi reacted strongly to new that two boys had stoned a 3-year-old toddler to death
- People expressed their sadness and blamed violent adults for influencing the children
- Some said that children could also have been raised to behave differently
Briefly.co.za took to Facebook to see how South Africans felt about a recent tragic story of two boys who tied up and killed a 3-year-old child.
Unsurprisingly, the story stoked a lot of outrage and strong emotions.
Here's what Mzansi had to say:
The most common response to the child's death in the comments was shock, with many unable to believe that the events had occurred.
One user, Vincent Botha, said that children were learning violent behaviour from adults around them, saying that the incident had "everything to do with adult behaviour in South Africa whereby violence is used to solve problems".
Many others agreed with him, saying this kind of violence was a learned behaviour. Others, like Beauty Mkhumbeni, said that children also witnessed 'mob justice' and that this influenced them to engage in similar actions.
Alida Lucas expanded on this, writing, "The children learn from the grown-ups. Those kids did not think they were doing any thing wrong. Violence is the order of the day in SA."
Johannes Mpye also expressed sadness about the travesty, but offered a note of hope that if children could be taught to be violent they could be taught the opposite too.
"Children will follow your example more than your advice," he posted.
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