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The School Anti-Rape Pledge: The Moral Justification

04 March 2013, 15:13

I guess that, given the numerous anti-rape invocations that travelled South Africa and social-media space, it was the next logical step. So now, instead of only reciting the school hymn, school kids will also have to recite the Anti-Rape Pledge.

I understand that its all in the hope of instilling values and morals in the school going generation, all in the expectation that they will grow up better citizens: ‘It is to say how we exercise rights, with the understanding that rights come with responsibility - Naledi Pandor.’

The use of emotive cajolery has been used to good effect through out the ages by those in power. In this case, what makes it more effectual, is the fact that the bill was largely drawn up by knee-jerk Anti-Rape Activists without much thought on how to really solving the problem at hand.

Although I understand the motivations behind both principles, I cannot ignore my instincts, which keep screaming at me rather loudly.

Maybe I should downplay my stance and just go with the flow, hoping for the best. Unfortunately, history has instilled in me a fear of grand- narratives, which prevents me from taking anything political at face value.

I sure that, in the end, the school hymn and the Anti-Rape Pledge will be accepted, and that the masses will go about their daily chores as is the habit: totally oblivious to the degree of indoctrination that their kids are being subjected too.

It is said that governments are a tool of man’s devising. Thus we only have ourselves to blame for its machinations.

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