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How are you doing? 'Am not Fine'

24 May 2012, 15:02

 Do you know that feeling you get when somebody ask you questions such as:  “how are you doing?” and you respond by “am fine” but deep down in your heart you know you're not? That`s what is happening in this country at the present moment. It even seems hard to disclose that lot things are just a mess about this country.  I am deeply shocked by the current events in this country. I think we need to revisit our Morality and everyone needs to know his position and take it. This year I have read so many articles which portray a debauched morality about this country.

Let me start from the top where we are supposed to have leaders who should lead by example. In 2006, the judiciary was kept busy by the Jacob Zuma rape case of a HIV-positive woman. At this time Zuma was not a President but he was pursuing that route. The most degrading part is the response that Zuma made after he was asked about what he did after she had sexual intercourse with the 31 year old woman who was raped twice before the Zuma incidence. On Zuma’s testimony, he said that he had a shower immediately after having intercourse with the woman to lessen his chances of contracting HIV. This was characterized as a very controversial statement because South Africa is one the countries which are fighting the epidemic of HIV-Aids. If the person who was in pursuit of becoming a President at that time says such, what image does it portrays to the entire world about South Africa and its leadership? What does it says about our morality?

 As a result, since then Cartoonist such as Zapiro always drew Zuma with a Shower on his head even today. And someone procured it far to draw him with his genitals exposed week ago. As some will say that he called it on himself, I would say that; it still does not make it right. It is clearly the abuse of freedom of expression.  If we are to build a country, I don`t think we are on the right path.  We need to set our priorities straight.

In 2008, riots emerged; we killed, injured and vandalized foreigners properties from African countries because they were seen as “taking out jobs” and perceived as illegal. There is no human being who’s is illegal in this world. Yes, one can be in a country illegal but he/she is not illegal as a human being.

Lately, the have been rape cases reported on the media daily. The one which was trendy is the gang rape video circulating around the internet and what shocks me mostly that there are people who want to watch the video. Rape is not a game, somebody life is ruined and you just want to watch? The rape video is not a movie. How do people watch such and be able to sleep peacefully in the night? What is wrong with us?

 Another incidence I just read about is about a policewoman who was arrested and charged with corruption after she was caught having sex with a prisoner at the Scottburgh police station in KZN.  There immorality acts prevails in this country while we perceive ourselves a developing state. What are we developing? Rape seems like new a career path these days in South Africa. It not just man who rapes, even woman do. What happened to the morality of most South Africans? What does government doing about this?

Recently, president Zuma is said “we are a nation of thugs” in response to a gang rape incidence. My question is; did he count himself when he said “we”? Some people by now will think that I am part of the opposition party but unfortunately am not. Being against how some ANC member’s lead this country has nothing to do with hate unless one is ready to deny that neither of the events took place in this Country. It is my democratic right to say something and this is one of the result a public participation is encourage in the Constitution even the relevance of the section is quite fuzzy.

Lastly, the Bureau for Market Research (BMR) released findings from a survey conducted in Gauteng [ a very small province] that nearly 80% of  Gauteng high school pupils regularly consume alcohol. All I can say is great parenting. It does not shock me at all considering that in our society when a kid lifts up a bottle of beer, the parents laugh instead of doing their doing their duties. Sometimes, they get stoned with their children and the next day still expects respect from the same teenager you shared a beer with yesterday. We pass by teenagers stoned walking in and out of taverns but we sack it as disobedience. Some adults will even smoke and drink with them. The real question is; what are you doing about it? The level of immorality is shockingly shocking in this country.

We look through our windows with our Unimpaired judgment and observe a man beating a woman like he is thrashing a drum yet we treat such incidents as if nothing has happened. Some elders will even act as spectators and applaud the fight on.

Parents, take your positions!

Children take your position!

Leaders take your position!]

Society as a whole, take your position!

I am tired and YES….AM NOT FINE!!!

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