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South Africa is ill

11 February 2013, 07:36
Get involved and become part of the solution. Stop standing on the sidelines pointing fingers.

A woman is raped every four minutes in this country, every four minutes and people stand on the side lines saying "they must do something" or They blame the government or apartheid or atheism. Every one is a facebook activist but no one wants to step up to the plate.

I speak to people that say things like "I don't vote, my vote doesn't make a difference", "What can I do, I am only one man", "I can't vote for that party, it's too white so I just won't vote".

I was at a protest against the info bill a while back, In the whole of Pretoria less than 50 people joined the protest. In a city of 1 619 438 people only 50 cared enough to get involved. The others were saying: "Someone must do something about this"
Outa is fighting against tolling, This affects every single person in this country, Outa needs money, If every person in just Pretoria gave R 5.00, R 8 097 190 would be raised in no time. That's enough ranting about personal responsibility, let's get to the point of my discussion.

I am sickened by my fellow South Africans that have blamed Anele for being in a pub, rather than a church. Life was never like this, The fact is that South African society has degenerated to a free for all, There is no answer to crime and no will to stop crime. Security workers outnumber the Police and the Army we read the other day, This tells me we live in a society without morals and without a spine.

I remember a time when a young girl of 17 was walking down the road in our suburb in South Africa, singing and joyfully announcing that she was as drunk as a skunk. Nobody raped her or considered it would be an awesome idea to disembowel her. I spent time in England and recall seeing young ladies going home from the pub in the dark of night and not getting disembowelled and raped, because men know that it is wrong to rape and kill. It is part of our innate humanity to be humane and empathetic.

Man is not a rapist by default, The facts are that we live in a lawless society where traffic laws are flaunted, Barrier lines are not seen as a safety measure, Not knowing what is coming over the the blind rise ahead of you, is not considered a reason to stay behind a car travelling a few km/h slower than yours. People think the rot starts at the top, If you look at a compost heap, most of the action happens at the bottom of the pile. We know and understand that the rot is evident at the top but the real fermentation is at the bottom.

If we as South Africans are not willing to obey even the basic laws and justify it by pointing to those that are worse than us, the rot can never end. The rot needs to be prevented at the bottom. Our children need to be taught that it is wrong to break the law, They need to be taught respect for society, They need to be taught to love one another and do no harm. This starts with you, When you break the law openly and without respect for other road users, by overtaking on a barrier line you are teaching the children that you are above the law.

When you disrespect women in public, When you disrespect another because you don't like the colour of his eyes, or you smack your wife around you are teaching bigotry. This lack of respect ends up in the playgrounds and another generation of lawless people are trained. It's all good and well to blame the Police and the Justice system that everyone knows are failing us. Private security guards now outnumber the Police and the army, because we need security. Facts are that we can stem the tide and help solve the problem by not ignoring the person littering, by not ignoring the playground bully, by stopping the friend who has had one too many from driving home, by being good examples.

When you see a Policeman breaking the rules report him to his commanding officer, When you see an injustice, don't just walk away, say something. It takes a village to raise a child, It takes getting involved to be part of a society, Don't stand on the sidelines pointing fingers, There are always three pointing back at you.

I know already that someone is going to talk about biblical morals in the comments section, Don't because the Bible will hurt your arguments. People need to take responsibility for their own actions and not rely on some imaginary friend to forgive them. You claim to be a good Christian set an example by living a Christ like existence, this does not mean you get to claim to be forgiven and not divine while breaking every rule in the book.  

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