MyNews24 is a user-generated section of The stories here come from users.

Comments: 9
Article views: 4
Latest Badges:

View all ZION's badges.

Crime from the cradle

04 October 2012, 07:07

 CRIME FROM   THE  CRADLE     I Grew up in a small town in SWA (NAM) Started school in 1957 and during the subsequent years I did not know of  a single case of murder, however, the first case I came across was in 1973 and it took place on the police station stairway.  Another case shortly after that was an foreign fisherman murdered in the street.  Over the years some people died from sickness, disease or motor vehicle accidents. The first major death I had actually become aware of was a standard 5 scholar killed in a motor vehicle that had rolled.   

A scholar received six-of-the-best for stealing sweets out of a candy shop. Hell this place was rife with crime. The point here is that there was a time in the history where crime was not an issue in a small town with a unique ambience.  Why?  The answer is the application of discipline by parents.    

2 brothers return home late after a school sporting event. Prior to attending school that day their father instructed them to clean the yard and other tasks. By the time they had reached their homes their father was waiting with an Automobile fan belt. I will not go into the bloody details but being late had taken up top position on their priority list.  The screams were heard 2 blocks away. I arrived late at school due to falling from a bicycle and received 3 of the best for being late. Some lucky children do not even come to school.    

On a school cadet training field a matric scholar is shoved around by some disgruntled teacher. The teacher receives a slap around the ear and the matric scholar is expelled the next day. The father of the scholar threatened to beat up the teacher too. (1968) Dad was warned by the cops to keep his distance. How on earth can a teacher be beaten up by a scholar?     During the years from sub A to my final year I had never heard of a single rape.  During 2007,  2 high school girls are raped by 4 of their class mates in a mall.  Telephone photos were taken but the rapists got off Scot free. Average age 16.      

Over the years there has been a tendency of children and young adults to invest in crime, or the lack of it. Parents are now the indicator as to how crime is payable and how it is done.    

Are parents qualified to discipline their own children.?   

A roudy standard 2 pupil gets 2 of the best on his backside.  The teacher, feeling rather guilty takes him home and explains to his mother why she hit the child with a 12 inch wooden ruler. The mother lays a charge of assault against the teacher. The case was later withdrawn, probably due to the boy’s uncontrolled behaviour in class. Teachers are not paid to discipline children , that is the duty of the parents. (1963)    

Today: How many scholars go to school armed with firearms, sharp instruments and knives with the sole purpose of using these articles against other scholars. How many scholars have died, or were severely injured. Ultimately, who is controlling the family unit? Ill disciplined children or ill-disciplined parents?
Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received. 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
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Kobie Nel
Med aids for pets and domestics

Pets cannot take responsibility for themselves and therefore the owner takes that responsibility on themselves. Read more...

0 comments 102 views
Submitted by
Themba Rumbu
The Racism that is SA Rugby

Heyneke Meyer must fall. White privilege within the sporting code must be fought from all angles. The best player must take the field. Read more...

0 comments 140 views
Submitted by
Bizaboy Shongwe
Selfless leadership

Are politicians addressing the needs of the masses?

0 comments 185 views
The Cosatu conference decisions.....

The Cosatu 12th National Congress ended today in Midrand and two contentious matters that everyone thought may not be discussed actually found their way onto the agenda. Read more...

0 comments 361 views
Submitted by
Michael Ernest Meder
OUTA on EToll Debr

I really believe Outa is "smoking something" - they are now calling EToll laws unjust and irrational, a far cry from their initial stance of lack of public involvement. Read more...

0 comments 915 views
Submitted by
Medical Aid for pets versus medic...

I think Malema's statement that people are more willing to take out medical aid for their pets than for their employees is grossly exaggerated.  Read more...

0 comments 654 views


E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on Android Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

TV Get us in your home, on your television.

Interactive Advertising Bureau
© 2015 All rights reserved.
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 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.