We have become monsters

2017-06-08 06:01

When news of the rape and setting alight of a nine-year-old girl, engulfed the nation, we all gasped in horror.

Three years before that brutal incident, we had been equally shocked by the gruesome death of Anene Booysen, who was raped and had her intestines ripped out before she died.

Just a couple of weeks ago, we heard the tragic story of the seven-month-old baby who died when his head was smashed against the wall by a man who was arguing with his mum.

What will we hear next? Is this the kind of cruel behaviour our children should expect from a society that has clearly lost its sense of humanity?

South Africa, what are we doing to our children? Have we lost our moral compass so terribly that we’ve become the very monsters we ought to be protecting our children from?

What does this say about us when the most vulnerable among us become the most violated? Where is the protection we used to give our daughters?

We used to raise young men with pride because we hoped that they would protect their families in the future.

Have we become so evil that we no longer care about the most important things in life?

We cannot go on treating our children in such a way. We cannot close our eyes and pretend we don’t see the abuse they suffer. We have to stand up and make it clear that our children are our most valuable possessions.

The little ones should be protected at all cost!

Christopher Mazibuko via email

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