To act or not to act, that is the question I ask

2015-09-24 06:00
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Gladwell Ndzube

thobile’ take Gladwell Ndzube

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Turning away as events unfold in front of you is a hard thing to do.

With the recent run in with the delinquent youngsters in my area, I had again returned to my quiet, non-participative and non-questioning stance regarding matters of society.

It is a decision I had taken from the beginning of the year.

I was content with that hibernation and enjoyed it.

But there are things that sometimes cannot go untackled.

I do not claim the authority to do so, but it would be folly for one to keep the distance, only to live with the latent guilt.

Also it is not right to always be painting this gloomy picture about what we are witnessing in our daily lives, but hey if it is not going down well with you then I am sorry.

This is why. Our country has emerged from a long struggle dating from the apartheid era and so many things happened and some drastic measures were taken in order to fight the government of the day.

Depending on who you are and how much you know, things do not seem to have changed much in our townships.

Our lifestyle has not changed, instead it is on a downward spiral.

Poverty is increasing by the day. Our kids our graduating to becoming more drug addicts and alcoholics.

Criminality has become the norm and we go on our daily lives as if this does not affect us.

In the past, if a delivery truck or any government institution were destroyed during the struggle, people were told never to come forth and point out who the culprits, because the reprisals would have been dire.

So that there was an unwritten secrecy clause to all that was happening back then.

In the case of this having been breached “impimpis” were dealt with brutally.

The same secrecy clause is now used in a different manner, which is even more detrimental to the upliftment of our society.

A lot of things that relate to crime in our townships take place in the broad daylight, and although the people who commit these heinous crimes are known to us, the secrecy clause kicks in.

They make our livelihood a misery and we complain about how unsafe our streets, our homes and communities have become and yet the faceless culprits roam the streets freely.

Drugs are sold so easily it is like buying bread at a spaza shop and yet none of them merchants are apprehended or the people who know the places turn a blind eye.

Our kids fall victims to these substances and yet we keep quiet.

I have close family members affected by this and should I join the thousands out there pointing fingers at the government to solve this problem of the abundance of drugs and alcohol in our areas. Should I wait for the police to come around before I could quell anything I see going wrong. Should I wait until I lose everything before I could say enough is enough. Should I continue referring to infants as gangsters whereas they are just kids that need guidance

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