David Moseley

How much do you really care?

2013-02-20 08:47

David Moseley

Just off the top of my head; Marikana, Nkandla, Anene (and violence against women in general) and Oscar. These have been the major talking and tweeting points of the last few months in South Africa.

Headlines that have accompanied all of the above have ranged from "apartheid-era action" to "nation outraged". We're all apparently "riveted" by the Oscar case, and we've been "shaken into action" by the horrific rape and murder of Anene Booysen and the ongoing brutal treatment faced by our women daily.

Radio talk shows, TV news bulletin and, of course, Twitter, that first port of call for the outraged and aggrieved, have been aflame with anger and vitriol (for good reason, I might add). Foreign press outlets have labelled this time as the official end of the Rainbow Nation. International investors are said to be whisking away their pots of gold.

If you still happen to practise the quaint art of picking up a newspaper you could be forgiven for thinking that this is a country on the brink of collapse; the next Libya, the next Syria, Africa's very own Ancient Rome, the once-bright beacon burning to ashes while the president fiddles with himself.

But luckily "we're" angry. "We're" a nation demanding justice for the downtrodden, the raped, the murdered. "We've" had enough. "We're" tweeting our disdain for the state of SA. "We're" connecting to stop rape. "We're" want justice done.

Are we, though? Are we really doing anything to make sure another Nkandla isn't built, another labour massacre doesn't take place or that another teenager isn’t cut in half and left for dead. Will we be living in a better or worse South Africa in two years time? Have the last few months been a turning point in the history of this little nation that could, but then found it couldn't?

When the anger and outrage dies down, then what? The powerful attempts to highlight the rape crisis in the country were stopped dead in their tracks by the death of Reeva Steenkamp. How much do you really care?

The Oscar court case is a circus, destined to be consigned to the scrapheap of celebrity demise as soon as it's over. To be quite blunt, it's a non-issue, because everyday someone is murdered in South Africa. Yet here we are, "all" fascinated by the downfall of an "icon" (and not by the death of another woman).

So while the sharing, social networking, editorialising, opining and tweeting start the conversations for change, who finishes them? Frankly, I don't care for Oscar or his case. It's terribly awful that another South African has died. But what of the rest. How much do you really care?

We're a privileged lot, us that sit behind our desks all day, following the horrors of daily life from the safety of our office internet accounts. A quip here, an opinion there, a "share this message if you want to stop (insert cause here)" to make us feel like part of the masses.

And now. What happens when the trending stops? How much do you really care?

- Follow @david_moseley on Twitter.

Send your comments to David

News24 encourages freedom of speech and the expression of diverse views. The views of columnists published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24

- News24

Read more on:    reeva steenkamp  |  oscar pistorius  |  anene booysen  |  nkandla upgrade

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

  • Wednesday Delft - 20:37 PM
    Road name: R300 Southbound
    ROADWORKS - left lane closed at Hindle Road
  • Wednesday Sir Lowry's Pass - 17:57 PM
    Road name: Old Sir Lowrys Pass Road
    TRAFFIC LIGHTS not working at Bezweni Road
More traffic reports...

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Escape winter, head to Mauritius

Escape winter by spending 7 nights in Mauritius' tropical bliss from R13 215 per person sharing. Includes return flights, airport transfers and accommodation. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Get many eggs in one basket!

Gaming bundles: 2 Super Hits games for R99, 3 Disney games for R99 and more + exclusive accessory bundles only available on kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

25% off bestselling books!

The Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Jeffrey Archer’s Be Careful What You Wish for, Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frank and many more titles. Shop now!

Up to 25% off electronics

Buy top electronics and save up to 25%. Such as kalahari.com’s 1# selling product the gobii eReader, Patriot X Porter flash drive, Asus Nexus 7” 3G tablet, Samsung Galaxy SIII, Lenovo G580 Notebook and many more. Shop now!

DStv HD PVR Decoder now R949

The DStv HD PVR Decoder has further revolutionised the television experience with lifelike viewing, sharper images, more vibrant colours and precision picture quality. Now R949, save R550. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off appliances & homeware

Save up to 30% on appliances and homeware this Easter! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

BlackBerry Curve 9360

The BlackBerry Curve 9360 smartphone comes preloaded with Blackberry OS7...

From R1595.00

I'm shopping for:


You may be required to travel or get information for your job. This may be restricting in some way or something may slow things...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.