Written by Fana The Purp
It is interesting how powerful money is, morals have no chance against it. Capital has created a vicious cycle where one is always forced to choose between man and money. The degrees differ at how low can human beings go, yet everyone has a price – who do morals govern in such a society?
On 22/04/13 I watched Ekasi stories – mob justice, the episode was a reminder to all of us, that life changes and can push us to live beyond moral lines. What was a boy Sipho’s age done, when he had no one but himself to provide for his sisters? He could not run to his mother as she left this realm thanks to HIV/AIDS.
Crime is not a solution!
What is the solution, morals or is it education? Would morals have provided food for his sister who needed to eat before taking her ARVs? What about education, is it not going to take more than one term to finish high school, who will guarantee that his other sister has menstrual pads and clothes while he finishes high school?
Doing wrong for the RIGHT reasons!
We are to blame as a society, we allowed poverty to breed crime and prostitution, it is every man for himself right? We alternated to individualism; the spirit of ubuntu roams Africa without a home, we in the era of dog eat dog. Then who are they those who complain about crime, when it is every man for himself? Obviously crime is an illegal means of capital yet what option does a young man like Sipho have in such a society? His community attended his mother’s funeral, they were aware of his situation yet no one offered to help. It was better off when they cursed away Sipho and his sisters yet the same community took the law into its own hands when Sipho’s actions [crime] affected them. Where were those hands when it was supper time at Sipho’s house, where were those hands to protect them from inhumane behavior?
Poverty scares me; I have experienced it at the harshest level. It is easy for one to be redefined by being tired of being helpless. Living for the moment is the only means of survival, no one can guarantee tomorrow, it is either now or another night without food. Even though education is free, a man in Sipho’s position cannot afford it, a quick buck beats solving for x. Rather no education if it means he has to fail his sisters, who will be there for them? Who will be there for him, will he live a life of waiting to be given or pick providing for his family and himself.
My family over yours - YES? No? tsek?
We are enslaved, our decision are governed by capital, only death can save us [hopefully]. We have lost connection as human beings, we are in a trance and all we are focused on is capital. We only notice those we want to exploit, eat or get eaten – survival of the fittest. I guess I have always been correct when I say “morals are for broke people”, what are morals to the owners of arms corporations, mines and France?
Do we see what has money done to us, we are better off united though, this cannot be life. What is the point of making it out of poverty if it still impacts even though you in the suburbs. The state of our society is in, is a true reflection of a “don’t give a fcuk” Republic. Crime is an issue same as unity and ubuntu, we must strive for greatness as a country.
“A country must after all take its character from the large majority of its inhabitants, especially when those who form that majority are the wealthiest, most educated and most enterprising part of the population.” Professor Bryce [Impressions of South Africa]