PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
Raechel Patrica
 
Comments: 22
Article views: 1765
 
 
Latest Badges:

 
View all Raechel Patrica's badges.
 

Opinion or Destruction - Oscar Pistorius

09 April 2014, 12:18

Oscar Pistorius is the man who made us all extremely proud. We rooted for him at the Olympics. I screamed at my own television, I begged him to get into first place. I even secretly hoped that the other runners would run at their worst.

I am patriotic; I don’t think I ever wasn’t. I have loved South Africa through the strikes, the crime, e-tolls (my faith might have wavered at this), Nkandla (and this), poverty (this, too), and even corruption. I still believe in our future. I know we criticize and we joke; it’s a coping mechanism. It’s our reality; it is our home and our history. I still unfortunately cannot handle criticism from anyone living anywhere else about this country.

As a South African citizen, I am a little apprehensive knowing that every camera, social network, and country around the world is watching us. The media is currently blasting through Twitter, Facebook, and television about a relationship between two people that ended in an utter tragedy.

I am no judge; I am no member of high authority. I am merely a bystander entranced in the perhaps overly publicized trial. We are not used to having such access to any kind of murder trial; media has never been allowed to be so intimate with such a large case. Embarrassingly, there were issues with the translator. There have been pictures of Reeva Steenkamp’s body accidentally shown on the screen in court (a little disrespectful to her family). I cringe at these mistakes, but it is not why I am writing this.

My main concern is the backlash Oscar is receiving from the public. I understand the anger, the domestic-violence angle, and the hotheaded, ill-tempered celebrity who carelessly took someone’s life. Then there are the jokes and the name-calling—all of which I have seen too much of all over Twitter.

What I don’t entirely understand is the satisfaction the majority of the country is experiencing at the expense of someone’s life and our fellow South Africans’ misfortune. Why are we so eager to find him guilty? Why would we want it to not have been an accident? Maybe it truly was an act of criminal intent; maybe it was not.

All we know is that he shot her. We’ve heard the physical evidence, but we don’t have any idea why it happened. He was in the wrong, but why would we, as a nation, want someone to be punished instead of hoping that no one could have been cruel enough to end someone’s life?

This is not entertainment, it is the fall of an icon, a life of a beautiful young woman that is now lost. It is our judicial system at play; it is a way for us as the public to observe the happenings of the court proceedings.

It is so good and great that we all have our own opinions, but there is a fine line between an opinion and an ignorant and nasty comment while a family is mourning the loss of a loved one and someone is about to lose his freedom—deserved or not.

Should this not unite us as a nation?

I don’t want to find any enjoyment in the fact that one of our great athletes, with all his setbacks, who represented our country, will never again reach any goals he had set for himself. What a terrible incident; it shouldn’t have happened. We shouldn’t be victims of crime, we shouldn’t feel the need to sleep with guns near our beds, and we should be able to open our windows at night and feel safe.

It has happened and he is now facing the repercussions of his actions. But if we cannot feel any compassion with regard to the families, Reeva, the witnesses—and the accused—what kind of a country are we? What kind of an example are we setting for future generations? What kind of future are we heading toward?


Published on: www.konstantdreaming.wordpress.com/

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

 

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
22 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Wernher Friedrich
Court is now the new parent

The courts clearly want to take over the role of being the parent, so I suggest that all parents take their children to court to be disciplined by the judges. Read more...

0 comments 536 views
Submitted by
Tanya Tiefenthaler069
Hands off Fernkloof Nature Reserv...

Fernkloof is a biodiversity hotspot and the 'Crown Jewel' of Overberg Conservation. Once again it is under threat by the Overstrand Municipality which is entrusted to protect and preserve this gem. Read more...

0 comments 113 views
Submitted by
Katleho Mogase
Better trained principals needed ...

We need the kinds of principals that owe allegiance to the wellbeing and development of the learners, even if that comes at the expense of the “long held views and beliefs” of the school. Read more...

0 comments 36 views
Submitted by
Peter Hollander
The best joke of this year...

The ANC can not anymore correct itself from their current destructive ways. What does the sayying says: it's got to get even much worse before it can get better. Read more...

0 comments 1311 views
Submitted by
ohomen171
8 life lessons I've learnt the pa...

By the grace of God and the help of a long-list of kind and wonderful people, I have made it to 69 years. I outlived my dear father by nine years. So what wisdom do I have to share with you? Read more...

0 comments 637 views
Submitted by
Brayton September
Our future is in our hands

It's common for people to point the finger at their president or government when the sky begins to fall. That is why many people believe, the problems in South Africa can be solved by simply electing the right president. Read more...

0 comments 143 views
 

services

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on Android Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2017 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.