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Open Letter To Mr President Jacob Zuma

22 April 2013, 08:47

Dear Mr President Zuma

I may not be the best writer out there but I really want to have my say about an issue that most if not all South Africans reflect on daily: 

I love my country and im proud of its rich diversity and the sense of history that we have. I have the utmost respect for our many brave men and woman who have fought for the democratic South Africa that we have today, but I have reached that point that I am fed up. Have you opened the newspapers recently and seen the circus we have become? Every day we hear of someone being brutally attacked, murdered, highjacked and the tragedies go on.

 I am tired of living the caged and jailed life that we live in, it is almost like we live in this country similar to some people’s belief that Africa is an undeveloped world with wild animals hunting for their prey daily but in actual fact that is true. We live in a jungle, jungles where your regular South Africans are the preys and the criminals are the hunters, scavengers and kings of the jungle. I highly feel that it might be difficult for yourself to comprehend the fear we live in everyday, you are protected by guards and your every security need is seen too, your loved ones are protected and let’s not even get into the secure Nklanda estate.

Im tired of checking my locks everytime I leave the house or walk away from my car, im tired of pulling into my driveway with fear that I would be the next highjack victim, im tired of sleeping with one eye open every night, im slowly getting tired of living in South Africa. The government and yourself need to stop with the excuses, we need to stop with the constant reasons for crimes and you'll need to stop with just making plans and take action. We need solutions to become reality, we need something urgent to be done now and I really feel not enough is being done. I pray for many things but recently I pray most that the ones I love will remain safe every day and make their way home.

Mr President how are you able to sleep at night knowing that many South Africans are sleeping without a bread winner or a parent losing her child through crime? I know its not all your responsibility but you are the captain of this country and it is your duty to help steer your administration and forces in the right direction. You need to take strong stands and make defining decisions that will make an impact now and not wait till crime in our country  escalates to a point that we look back in the future and say why didn’t I do something then. You can become the president who makes a mark in history that turned a hopeless situation into a glimmer of a better future ahead.

Remember the wise words of President Nelson Mandela “We owe our children – the most vulnerable citizens in any society – a life free from violence and fear.”   When will we see a change? When will South Africa become that safe country?  Well Mr President the ball is in your court, deal with it now.


Your troubled citizen



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