Truth is a grey area that some use to make it look relative to colour or class.As much as racism is the thorn in the flesh of the victims, there was stability under Apartheid! It was living hell to those who dare challenge that system. Except for political reasons and discrimination, the law enforcement agencies were effective. This was because the law was respected and law enforcement agencies carried much weight.All those tasked with administering the law possessed authority, regardless of position. The Apartheid state was not a puppet of the West like our present democracy.The good produced by our democracy is collapsing, people are dying like flies every day, mainly because of illegal weapons. In the past the gun was the “thing of the police and the soldiers”; you would rarely see guns. If people are killed every-day by criminals, then who’s in charge of the country? If the police are being killed, who’s going to protect the citizens? Is there a reason for people who are killed every-day to vote? Do they vote to be killed or to be protected? Isn’t the government’s mandate to protect the citizens?“Man has lost their reason”!Humans are safe in front of an animal than other fellow human beings. When a former UDF activist passed on the family said they were shocked that he survived death from the Apartheid system he fought against, only to be killed under the democracy he fought for. People are killed, robbed, mugged, attacked and burglary takes place almost every day. During the era of Apartheid people could not go to certain areas because there were proscribed times for Black people to be in those areas.The curfew was limiting the movements of Africans in particular. Except motivated by politics, it was rare for police or army to shoot indiscriminately if you didn’t observe the curfew. But under our democracy it is criminals and the youth who declare a “curfew” to society, at any time they deem fit. In a recent newscast, it was reported that from a gang-fight a six-month old baby was shot dead by a stray bullet in Oceanview in Cape Town. According to the distraught mother, the killer did not show any remorse. And as a result she wanted to know why the perpetrator was granted bail.It’s unfortunate that the nature of our criminal justice system gives such people bail. NGOs add salt to the wounds of victim families by fighting for the criminals to receive human treatment in jail. These kinds of acts, although meaning well, add an element of disrespect for the rule of law and enforcement.We become parodies of the West. Criminals are even feared by the police. Life is unbearable today, worse than during Apartheid. Children are not safe at school from other fellow children. Teachers are also robbed in school premises.As a former teacher, I had seen it all at school. The school I was in always makes it to the pages of newspapers because it is in a gang infested zone.We are prisoners of our own democracy.