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Dear President Ramaphosa, did you know?

09 March 2018, 11:28

President Ramaphosa,

This week a South African triathlete was attacked with a chain saw and these vile creatures attempted to saw off his legs and left him for dead. The motive of the attack is irrelevant. He is currently in hospital recovering. Did you know?

Later in the day approximately 20 heavily armed suspects carried out a cash in transit heist which result in the death of one of the suspects. This occurred in peak traffic outside a nursery school. I thank God the loss of life was only that of one person, albeit a suspect. Did you know?

A few days ago a young university student, trying to earn an income to support himself and his family, was locked in a boot of a burning taxi and left to die. Did you know?

Last week, yet another South African woman was murdered by her husband/partner. Did you know? Over the past 10 days there have been over 6 farm attacks where the victims were brutalised, tortured and left for dead. Did you know?

Did you know? Do you care?

When will it end?

When will you take to the streets and personally find out what the hell is going on in our country? Playing golf and hosting cushy dinners and taking selfies is not helping the average South African. Even the police are unable to protect themselves as evident when recently 5 officers were shot and killed in cold blood in their own police station. If our very police force is unable to defend themselves, how on earth are they supposed to defend and protect our citizens?

You and your fellow leaders are protected 24 hours by security teams paid for by our tax money, yet the average South African faces vicious and barbaric criminal acts every minute of every day. Average South Africans do not have the financial luxury of paying for private security to keep them safe. We pay taxes which are used to sustain our police force yet over and above that we need to pay again for private security companies to ensure our safety.

May I suggest that next time you are driving in an known unsafe area, be brave, dump your security detail, disguise yourself so that you are recognisable as nothing more than an average South African and take a walk on the dark streets. For a few hours wander our streets, suburbs, townships, transport hubs and then tell me, if you come out unscathed, how it felt. Not what you think we want to hear. But rather how you truly felt.

I am so sick and angry of reading every hour of every day, of another South African citizen being brutalised by vicious and savage crime.

We live in a time where our country, our lives and our futures have been entrusted to your care.

We are in a new dawn as you said.

And in this new dawn - We are going to hold you and your ANC accountable as to how you choose to protect and safeguard your citizens.

We are South Africans.

We are a passionate, a kind and a caring nation.

We are also a nation that removed apartheid.

We are also a nation that removed a corrupt leader.

We know the power of our voice. We will use it.

The question, Sir, is this.

Will you use yours?

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