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2017-06-04 06:02
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Muano Liphadzi

Growing up in the dusty village of Tshavhalovhedzi in Limpopo, we were told of stories of children being called to a chief’s kraal, never to return. According to the elders, these were taboo stories that were too controversial to talk about openly. They were to be kept a secret because there was no evidence of their truth. However, being told such nightmarish stories never stopped us from playing in the streets because it seemed safe to do so.

We never thought that brutal killings would become something that we read about daily on Twitter or Facebook. Well, I guess that was life before social media.

When you log on these days, you read and see pictures of missing persons and their family members making pleas to find their loved ones. Before you know it, a friend will have shared pictures of people who have been brutally murdered by fellow human beings in order to sell their body parts or internal organs to make money. Who would ever have thought that a human being would become a business prospect to other people?

As the saying goes: Money is the root of all evil. The love of money has caused people to lose their moral values, conscience and regard for human life. In one of my favourite songs by the legendary Colbert Mukwevho, The Evil That Men Do, his lyrics speak about how “the days are gone when a fellow man loved his fellow man and was his brother’s keeper”. These words resonate even more now in the midst of the endless killings that we are experiencing in the new South Africa.

We are becoming a society in which it is no longer safe to go to your neighbour’s home at night or even in the afternoon. It is no longer safe to work late at night because that’s when some people come out to play. We have become a nation with trust issues.

These days parents, concerned about their children’s safety, would never allow a stranger to pick up their child and play with them.

As for women, one wonders why they mean so little to those men who see them as objects.

Reports of women in abusive relationships being brutally raped and murdered keep piling up. One even forgets that there is a department of women in South Africa when not wondering what its mission and vision is.

With the “new sheriff” in town, one also hopes that domestic violence will be a thing of the past and concrete measures will be taken to discipline those who commit such cruel acts.

To ordinary citizens and those in various religious congregations, let us continue to pray for our nation in these dire times.

Liphadzi is a graduate

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