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Is life still sacred?

20 February 2014, 13:12

Yesterday Soweto woke up to sad news that two girls 15 and 16 years old were killed in an alleged satanic ritual in Dobsonville, Soweto.  That happens to be the area where I grew up and we are all surprised and shocked by the deaths of  these children. 

On our way to work hubby and I were discussing about the sacredness of life and how our communities have lost the very ideal that the apartheid regime was overthrown for.  The value placed on a black man's life was not recognized in South Africa in fact to kill a black man was rewarded.  We have of course come a long way from that era but now it seems that a people that once united against oppression and random killings by others have now turned against each other.  It is also alleged that one of the girls told friends at school that she would be participating in a ritual where she had to sacrifice something she loves.  How school going children can discuss such a horrific thing and none of them thinks to inform the elders baffles me. 

During the  Inaugural Address, Pretoria 9 May 1994 - the late former President #NelsonMandela said "We enter into a covenant that we shall build a society in which all South Africans, both black and white, will be able to walk tall, and without  fear in their hearts, assured of their inalienable right to human dignity – a rainbow nation at peace with itself and the world."

Exactly 20 years later reviewing our current state, do South Africans really live without fear in their hearts? Are we really assured of our right to human dignity? I don't know about South Africa and the rest of the world but I am currently filled with fear for my children.  Also with them also being adopted I worry about how a fraction of my culture driven society who are not well educated around matters of child adoption might treat them.  I worry about the indignity they will be subjected to because of ignorance.  - An effort to try and educate our people and make a better place for the innocents to grow is not something we can further postpone.  

It is my opinion that our youth lacks role models that inspire them to be better people. There are not enough positive examples around that can help to shape their opinions and give  them guidance on issues of life.  I put forward that we need to ignite a 1976 passion in our youth's hearts and redirect that passion to personal development, respect of self and others and cultivating a culture of hard work and not quick fixes like 'satanic' rituals to get ahead in life.

I concur with our late former president, we continue to pray for a rainbow nation at peace with itself and the world. 


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