Fight the evil that bedevils SA

2013-03-31 10:00

Easter is about many things for South Africans.

It’s a time for reuniting with family seldom seen, for taking a ­well-deserved break from our fast-paced lives and for spending time with those closest to us.

For Christians, it’s the holiest of religious holidays.

Our priests, pastors and preachers tell of the supreme sacrifice made by one for many, and about the grace and redemption that accompanied it, which is the foundation of the faith.

As many of us go to church today, let us reflect on just how much our country needs that redemption – a word defined as the act of being saved from evil.

This week, South Africans were again confronted by news of appalling acts of evil.

Thandeka Madonsela, a beautiful 14-year-old girl, was raped, mutilated and left to die in an open field near her home.

Two teenage boys arrested for her killing appeared in court this week and were released into their parents’ custody.

Corruption – another act of evil that leaves the poor even poorer – continues to bedevil us.

This week, former Limpopo health and social development MEC Miriam Segabutla appeared in court with two others on charges of fraud and corruption.

She allegedly accepted R167?000 in kickbacks in the form of hotel accommodation, air tickets, trips and school fees.

On this holy weekend, let us remind ourselves of the values our faiths teach us and resolve to fight the evil that afflicts our nation.

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