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Open letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Former Prime Minister Tony Blair, President Barrack

21 July 2014, 13:14

Tuesday, July 15, 2014. On many occasions now you have condemned the loss of life in Gaza, and stated that you are both  ‘Extremely concerned about humanitarian situation and loss of life in Gaza’ and ‘The US is prepared to broker a ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza, President Barack Obama has said.’ Tony Blair has flown to Cairo for peace talks as part of a concerted effort to end the violence in Gaza. So a lot of effort has been made by yourselves to end the bloodshed and death in that area, which I thank and commend you for.

My question to you today is why are you doing so little to stop the violence and bloodshed in my country, South Africa? There are many theories as to why you would be so eager to stop the violence in Gaza and the surrounding areas, but if you were truly concerned about the humanitarian situation and loss of life there, you should be equally concerned with South Africa’s violence and loss of life, and be equally as vociferous in your attempts to end the more severe bloodshed and violence in my country.

To put things into perspective and highlight the plight of the normal civilian population in South Africa, my country, here is a comparison of what is happening in South Africa in the same time frame as the current Gaza conflict.

The current Gaza Conflict has been raging for 8 days, with Israel deploying over a 1000 Airstrikes on the densely populated area, with horrific and terrible loss of lives, numbering one hundred and eighty seven people. According to the UN 77% of these are civilians equating to hundred and forty four civilian lives lost with another one thousand three hundred (1300) people injured.

According to official South African Police crime statistics for 2013, and dividing the totals for each category for the year evenly between 365 days of the year, the following is happening in South Africa, in the same 8 day time frame for the current Gaza conflict:

Murdered / Killed / Civilian lives lost365 people.

Attempted Murder, Assault with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm - 4433 people.

Common assault, Robbery with aggravating circumstances, Common robbery injured and emotionally traumatized – 7284 people.

A direct comparison for the eight (8) days between current Gaza conflict and South Africa.

8 Days of Conflict

Gaza

South-Africa

Killed Civilians

144

365

Injured People

1300

4433 (Serious)

Traumatized / Injured

?

7284

Of the 365 civilians killed in South Africa, in same time frame, 57 would have been woman and 20 would have been children below the age of 18. So the total woman and children killed would have been 77 in the 8 days.

I request from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the UN that the civilians of South Africa be placed under international protection, and to assist our local law enforcement agencies to protect the civilians of South Africa, and to stop the spiralling bloodshed in South Africa.

I request Former Prime Minister Tony Blair to come meet with our current government, to assist with negotiations to improve the safety of South Africa civilians, through better law enforcement, education and an end to racism causing so much hatred in my country, South Africa.

I request President Barrack Obama and US Secretary of State John Kerry to come and meet with our current government to assist in negotiation to improve the safety of South African civilians and to assist with economic growth and stability of South Africa, so that South Africa can be the pillar of Africa and the start of an African revolution. To stop corruption and greed so that the entire South Africa and its people can have a future.

I ask the world not to turn a blind eye to the deteriorating situation in my country, and as you are protesting the loss of life in the current Gaza conflict, protest the loss of life in South Africa.

Only through comprehensive dialog and a concerted effort from all, can the severe bloodshed and violence in my country be ended, with specific reference to:

  1. Education, not only at school level but adult education.

  2. End to corruption, with zero tolerance for government officials involved in corruption.

  3. Job creation through economic development and expansion.

  4. Depoliticizing and demilitarizing of labour unions.

  5. End to Racism in all its forms.

I am not a politician. I am not a member of the elite. I am not an expert on education or labour relations. I am not an economist.

First and foremost I am a South African. I am a civilian. I am a victim of crime. And above all I am a person filled with hope and aspiration for my country, South Africa.

Sincerely yours in hope,

Schalk Bothma

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