On July 26, The Star ran stories on the plight of homeless people, which was brilliant. Readers learnt the life and times of street beggars as much as the generosity of the working class towards beggars.

This is the kind of citizen journalism the country is longing for. No one knows the plight of poor people better than they themselves.

We live in a country where no one speaks for the poor; even the media fails to understand the daily grind the poor masses face.

Rioting becomes the language of the unheard, throwing stones a sight of the eras gone by.

You would swear that we have returned to the apartheid era where police responded with rubber bullets. Even today, our policemen are no different from the ones from that era.

Often the masses felt hard done by by the electoral system of proportional representation as opposed to a people-centred constituency where the electorate can choose their own candidates.

We live in a country where the dire consequences of many years of oppression are evident in our daily grind. The legacy of apartheid stares us in the face.

The Star’s exposé of the plight of beggars was the kind of brave journalism that must be encouraged.

It was awesome, a rare read in a time when headline-grabbing stories of murder are the order of the day.

I hope The Star will do more to expose the plight of poor people. The standard of citizenry and brave journalism has declined.

When you look at daily and weekly newspapers, you are confronted with similar headline stories that contain the same source and the same conclusion.

I hope The Star’s editor, Makhudu Sefara, will broaden the reader’s horizon like he did with the Sunday Independent.

Many newspapers are obsessed with the political machinations of the ruling party. There are few stories that empower readers.

Muntonezwi Khanyile

Florida, Roodepoort