COLUMN: It was a year of carnage and misery, lets make 2017 better

2016-12-15 06:02
on the run Lunga Adam

on the run Lunga Adam

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Dear 2016. I hope these words find you well. My fervent hope that you are still in perfect health is well qualified, for, to me, you seem to be one possessed of great strength.

I’ll tell you why.

Never, in my young life, have I come across a year that has taken as many lives as you have done, save for others of the great consternation.

There was something haunting about you. Week after week, in our communities, tragic events have prevailed under your watch.

Young and old–no one seems exempt from the murderous spree.

So heartless..

Then there is the curious case of missing persons– much to the chagrin and concern of families and friends– which seems to continue unabated.

I even lost count of the number of people, mostly young and with a bright future, who vanished for weeks and months on end, only for the grim discovery of their corpses far, away from the places they call home.

As I berate you, 2016, thoughts are with these families who always bear the unenviable task of visiting every hospital and mortuary, in search of their loved ones.

Recently, a fairly young fellow from Zwelitsha in Nyanga, Akhona Desemele, aka Bhatyi, was found dead after going missing for what seemed like eternity.

He was well liked ko Kasi, if a post by entrepreneur and DJ Raymond Pani on Facebook is anything to go by. Thus: “RIP to Bhatyi, The soccer don, Kasi Diski won’t be the same without you. The skills you showed us ku Street game yases. I remember when watching you play you’d say “Hay man Pasa kum enyaweni ngabantwana man aba zilaitie”.2016, you has a year of the worst. Hay lala Akhona Njayam. Yases Bhatyi mfethu, eish Mfethu Ayinamaqosha leBhatyi.”

Some years we tend never to forget because of the beautiful memories they evoke, but you, 2016, have been the worst of them all.

You have been a living hell. The atrocities know no boundaries, not least when it comes to the womenfolk. As we speak, Noluvo Swelindawo’s story is still fresh in our minds.

The poor girl was reportedly abducted from his Driftsands homestead by about 11 men in the dead of night about a fortnight ago.

Her lifeless body was found the next morning near a footbridge, with a gunshot wound in her body. This cruel act is said to have emanated from a position of hate for those in same-sex relationships, although strong rumours point to the fact that an argument about money between the woman and one of the men at a speakeasy in the area the previous day, sparked the fury.

There were also two reports of women killings in our communities in the same week as said incident, allegedly at the hands of cowardly men.

How does one remember a year like you, 2016?

Right now, you, 2016, are a year that is as loathed as the debt collection guy, or that history teacher who always used to find time to give you homework back in primary school.
This is the year I have heard more gunshots than I have had my girlfriend in the front seat of a Golf GTi.

It would seem that firearms are the new candy–everyone fancies having one, not to mention bragging about it.

So that if you have some disagreement with someone or a score to settle, the easiest route is to blast the living daylights out of them.

Over time, this seems normal. They die. We bury them. We move on. They die. We bury them and then move on. It’s a never-ending cycle. Gone are those days of resolving conflicts through street committees.

Even our boys and girls in blue have not be spared the missile of death. Constable Amanda Ladlokova, was shot and killed in Philippi East. She leaves behind her offspring, one of which is a six-month old. Let that sink in.


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