COLUMN: The night youth broke our sleep

2016-06-30 06:00
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I am sure you’ve heard it being said; our country is a country of violence. The blame lies squarely on apartheid, so say those in the know. I don’t know what to say to that. I’m not in the know about that.

All I know is that I experienced it this weekend. My neighbour’s son is 17 years old. He’s in Grade10. I didn’t know he drinks. I don’t say I am holier than thou. At that age we did things too.

But then I don’t think we defied our parents. We brought girls under their noses. It was unheard of. So this kid did. I guess they were from some matric dance. We heard some music somewhere.

We don’t know from where. But it was loud to be heard by over half a million residents. I’m not kidding. You know how township houses are.

They are very congested. They are clustered together like a tin of sardines.

And on average there are about 5 people per household. Apparently this kid brought a girl to his home. He stays in an outdoor shack. So he’s safe. He can do as he like - come and go as he likes.

You never know with kids. You’d think at his age they are innocent.

What do you think? You think so. Wrong. They are not. They know a lot.

And they do a lot of things. So other kids where not satisfied.

They followed him. They wanted the girl he was with. At first it was a girlfriend of another guy. Then it was a child from home. They were shouting. We heard something like; “Let him come out!” and then scuffles broke out.

It wasn’t nice. And it was 2am. We were sleeping in a cold wintry morning. We wondered what was going on. We said that half asleep. And half annoyed. We wanted no disturbance. And we were afraid.

But disturbance could not go away. It stayed on. We peeped through a window. We saw these kids in hoods dancing in the cold. You wondered what they were doing at that time of the night. Were they not ought to be home sleeping?

Ha! You must be joking. They have freedom as this kid next door has.

They do as they like. And maybe their parents are tired of them.

There’s nothing they can do. They have washed their hands off them.

I prayed they don’t torch houses. I don’t know why I thought like that. It could start some mayhem. And there were no cops in sight. And his parents were nowhere to be seen. We were saved by daybreak. That is when they disappeared. I guess they did not want to be seen. And we were left traumatized. I wish… I wish this race called black could step up. I don’t know how. Stay positive.

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