The emotions, which are very high about the death of Reeva Steenkamp who has died at the hand of the well-known and recently still national hero, Oscar Pistorius, is certainly the cause of many speculations. However, could one consider the following at this stage: What if the content of Oscar’s affidavit is the truth? What if Oscar was afraid and feared for his life? What if famous people in South Africa have become so afraid and almost neurotic that they have no faith in the SA Police Services and not even in the many private security companies who need to protect us? What if has become a general state of psychosis that things are so bad that the only way to consider yourself safe is to sleep with a 9mm pistol under your bed?
I mean just as an example almost all the gold medal which South African have won at world championships and the Olympics have been stolen during break ins. Ryk Neethling has lost his, Cameron van den Burgh has lost his and these are just examples. (May be Chad’s medals are kept by Bert and not a lot of people will take him on.)
So without being to cynical, this tragedy is the symptom of an extremely deeper cause. Currently we are protesting the aggression of the South African male and the South African society and is constantly reminded of the abuse against woman after the tragic death of one more woman.
In my mind, our emphasis is completely wrong. The real reason for aggression in society, the general mentality of retribution, the depreciation of the value of life must be considered. There are so many causes for this and I am sure each and every civil movement will lobby its own cause, but the social imparity, poverty, unacceptable high levels of unemployment should certainly be seen as the primary causes of many of the other societal problems mentioned here above.
So for instance does unemployment exacerbate drug abuse. Drug abuse exacerbates actions which are seemingly not judicially accountable. This again causes acts of retribution and intolerability, because of the court’s and the legal system’s inability to create the perception of just and fair administering of punishment. Fear is a natural reaction and as a society we are drawn into a deeper spiral of immorality trying to protect ourselves or the administer justice through our own hands. We have become a society where the respect for life, never mind the respect for woman, has become a very trivial value.
So how do our leaders react? They seem to deny their sense of accountability in every possible way. Last Thursday we had to listen to another senseless meaningless message from our president sidestepped the real issues better than Juan de Jong. We had to hear of another luxury holiday by the Deputy President and his entourage, which seemingly was quite justified in accordance with the rules of a secret handbook. We had to hear that yet another year the books have not been delivered on time. We are still waiting on the Sereti-commission on the Weapon Scandal to come up with some real work and so the story goes on and on and on.
These acts by our political leaders just do not give anyone the idea that the politicians are serious about anything else besides filling their own coffers. The day they will start becoming accountable and really execute the plans they promise to put in place we might see a difference.
Accountability is one of the values which we endeavour to ensure through the democratic values in our Constitution. Reading Article 1 of the Constitution makes everyone feel warm and fuzzy, but are we only paying lip service to these values and dreams.
So Mr Zuma, if we can believe Oscar that he was afraid, are you willing to accept responsibility for Reeva’s death? Are you willing to taking action? Are you willing to at least think about the contents of the speeches you read to us like someone who has not prepared his Grade 4 oral exam? Are you willing to start the process by admitting that there was more than R200 million misappropriated on you country village? Are you really willing to act against your corrupt friends and their families? Are you really willing to create infrastructure instead of allowing your cabinet colleagues to just spend more and more on their houses and holidays? Are you willing to admit that you are governing us into a banana republic where you don’t have any control anymore about the spiral drawing us into a more and more immoral and valueless society?
What do you say Mr President?