COLUMN: Respect the fellas in blue; guzzle in peace

2016-09-22 06:00
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on the run lunga adam

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At the moment I am a mixed bag of emotions.

Joy and disillusionment are jostling for space in this little heart of mine.

I have been very grumpy, but at the same time content and grateful.

The old ills are still bedevilling us, but what’s life without that hope for better things to come?

Townships are a perfect manifestation of all that which is good as well as the not-so-good. I always say our communities make us in order to break us.

But that’s an entirely separate issue.

It’s what we’ve come to know as life.

For, if we, the battle-scarred, moan and groan, those who come after us will only look on in despair.

To help you understand these mixed feelings, let me touch on the issue of the policing in our areas.

We love talking about the folks in blue. One minute we deem them good and valuable, and the next, as useless as the scum of the earth.

The Saps recently held a passing out parade for nearly 2000 recruits in Athlone. Men and women ready to take up the cause.

Sometimes I wonder if we ever think of that. When we walk at night, knowing full well it is not safe to do so, does it ever occur to us that there are mere mortals like you and me who will stop at nothing to ensure no harm is visited upon us.

When we pick fights that result in serious physical harm or even the loss of life, do we give a thought to the job left to these men and women to join the pieces of the puzzle together.

The crime stats were released last month, and suddenly my mood changed from joy to misery and concern.

A concern for my community, myself and even for those who have made it their mission to self-destruct.

Nyanga, a vibrant township rich with potential, still remains a dangerous place to be in, at any time of day.

It must really be stressful to be a policeman working in an area experiencing such complex challenges as Nyanga.

If the statistics are anything to go by, people are killing each other out there and, most worryingly, most of these murders arise from mere arguments that could have been avoided or resolved through the presence of common sense.

Do we suffer from such warped thinking, that one would be driven to kill another simply because they have stepped on your shoe.

We seriously need to change our attitude and to value this beautiful thing called life.

Pity about the lack of space, because I could go on and on about all the incidents that have lately made me ashamed, not only to be a South African or a township dweller, but a human being as well.

Like the senseless hijacking and robbery sprees directed at emergency services in our communities.

Me being a special breed of gulper that I am, though, I must also mention that those police officers who threw litres of alcohol confiscated from illegal shebeens down the drain in Brown’s Farm last week, should be ashamed of themselves as well.

Had they taken the trouble to call me, I would have taken better care of those gazillions of liquor. Strue’s bob.

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