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How long till we wake up?

19 July 2014, 18:35

This article is probably just going to open another can of worms but so what. I have been spending time a lot of time out of the country so I had an opportunity to perceive SA from a outsiders perspective. Needless to say I was slightly shocked.

There is absolutely no honest reporting done in the world media on SA. We see Mandela day we people working together to build a great country. However getting news from friends and family back home a different picture emerges. One of crime, hate, and bloodlust.

It got me thinking, if we look back into our countries past at the turn of the century we come to the second Boer war. Now before you think I’m on a rant about the boere  I would like to point out that black people fought side by side with the Boers. It is estimated by some sources that up to 10000 black people were killed in action fighting the British. So what I have to say is relevant to all South Africans.

But I’m trailing off,  to get back to my original story. The British imperial army left England convinced that they’ll crush this small nation of people who dare defy them in about three months. Well , big surprize, our forefathers gave them hell for three years. Now let’s put that in perspective a fighting force of about 30 000 South Africans fighting an army so powerful they had about 50 000 soldiers just guarding the blockhouses. Quite an achievement I’d say.  We lost the war yes but only because of scorched earth and concentration camps where both black and white South Africans died in huge numbers.  Just to give you an idea by 1901 approximately 118 000 white South Africans and 43 000 black South Africans died in concentration camps.

Now everybody asks what’s this guy getting at?

Well what happened to our people that today simply let the new enemy the criminal element simply go rampant. Why is that all of a sudden an our nation is allowing our country to be plundered by what I believe is the minority group called the criminals. All people in SA is being plundered by these criminals. We read daily in newspapers about families killed in their homes for something as silly as a cell phone. And having spent a lot of time on the streets as both a paramedic and a police reservist I can tell you there are many similar acts of violence on people in the informal settlements that never makes the news.

When are we going to stand up and say enough is enough? The police who are supposed to deal with crime is failing us we all know this. And no I’m not saying vigilante justice is the way to go but people or law allows for a citizen’s arrest. My point is that yes make a citizen’s arrest and the guy is out on the street in day or two but after ten attempts at stealing and being caught every time he’s going to starve. And I’m not saying everybody should arm themselves to the teeth either. There are plenty of inexpensive defence options which are non-lethal.  What I am saying is go check on YouTube and other media the videos of hijackings and robberies most of the time there’s people that see what happening but just casually drives or walks on by not even picking up a phone to phone for help.

Is this really who are as a nation the type of people who will gladly share a braai with a stranger but see a stranger in trouble and  “ you’re on your own mate!” . Sometimes I actually feel bad to say im from SA especially when I hear foreigners talking about how they saw this video of those rough and tough South Africans where a guy gets hijacked and the people around him don’t even blink. That doesn’t make us tough it makes us unsympathetic bastards in my opinion. 

And the worst is that people will turn a blind eye when it happens to someone else but when it happens to them they always say “I can’t believe nobody even helped me” wow what a surprise.

I feel we need to start standing up for ourselves. How many young girls know how to defend themselves if someone attempts to rape them?????????  We have such a great reputation for security work in foreign countries why don’t we put that knowledge to use at home. Why don’t we see more neighbourhood groups looking out for each other?

Really people it’s time we wake up and realize our Government is joke, our police force has deteriorated to a point where if we issue them with water pistols instead of guns it wouldn’t make a difference in the crime rate. It is up to us to get up and look out for each other let’s get our pride back.

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