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Oscar Pistorius and the hero-worship of South African sportsmen

20/08/2013 - features | articles

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Read in full at TheSouthAfrican.com:

“There are murderers we instinctively greet as monsters. Reading of their exploits and seeking the damaged remnant of human mercy in them both entertains us, and reassures us that, say, the Modimolle Monster is not fundamentally the same as we and our loved ones are. Murderers, or those accused of murder, are entirely more troubling when they are people we emulated.”

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