Have atrocities become the norm?

2019-06-13 06:00

It is so sickening to think how easily one can be killed in our kasis these days.

One can easily pull the trigger, and then just carry on with life as if nothing happened.

What has happened to our humanity – yes, our ubuntu as individuals living in community, united in our positive values?

This is a quality South Africans are known for, what makes us special, something we take pride in. But where has it gone? What has happened to us?

Going forward, are we going to continue to live and breathe crime every day? Allowing crime to take hold through apathy and indifference, without taking any responsibility for addressing it, is sickening, isn’t it?

Our province had ten stations in the top 30 for the number of murder cases they are dealing with, according to the latest crime statistics. This is definitely alarming if one looks at things that are occurring in our kasis on a daily basis.

A sad state of affairs, indeed.

This week alone I attended two death-related incidents, and I must admit they hit one hard! For, in the end we are only human. Although it is my job to cover these atrocities as a journalist, they are really becoming tiresome. Yet one soldiers on. What else can one do, especially when the reality is the way it is? For now, we just close our eyes, let the situation pass, and move on.

But, unfortunately, we cannot!

One thing I know for sure is that there’s a need for a drastic change in the way we do things.

When one commits a crime and gets caught, as the guilty party one must feel the consequences of one’s actions.

So many times we hear of people being arrested, and the very next day they are walking the same streets they committed their crimes in – scot free!

The criminal justice system needs to have stricter measures in place that ensure criminals truly pay for their actions, and which act as a deterrent against such acts being committed ever again.

Anyway, the two incidents I attended this week were bitter pills. In one of them I saw young children simply standing and staring at a dead man – likely victim of a hit-and-run – lying on the rubbish-strewn roadside. What must go through their impressionable young minds when they see such things, one wonders.

Also, I wonder how they will grow up? Is this their normality? Is tomorrow just another day for them, to live and survive once someone else’s blood has been cleared from the street?

Back in the day, children weren’t even allowed outside when a funeral was taking place. Now young children look on intently, equally transfixed as their parents standing beside them, at blood-soaked death scenes. To me this is really sad.

We must really examine ourselves in the mirror and consider whether we are, in fact, complicit in what we see around us.

Mna, I am tired even before this week is up. Phew!


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