Save our souls

2015-04-30 13:45

OUR humanity seems to be slowly disappearing here in South Africa. And I can understand why this is happening.

There are various issues that contribute to the state in which we find our country. You and I barely experience, this dear reader. Most of the people who read this newspaper live in a home that is electrified.

I am sure your response would be: “Of course it is Kaveel.”

You have running, potable water and a toilet. You have food to eat. You have warmth. You have so much.

In the townships, while there are a great number of ablution facilities, it is not like the one’s you and I have.

I don’t have to share the loo with a hundred other families. I don’t have to share a massive wash basin with 80 neighbours. I have my own sink. I have my own home.

I live a somewhat privileged life.

I’ve had this perspective for many years. And to a great extent, until these disparages are corrected, I always will.

In my opinion it is due to these reasons that there is so much hate running through the veins of our people. This hate came the fore last week.

Education - this is vital for me. It is something I have been given. In South Africa, the vast majority of our people do not experience college life.

They barely experience school life. Because there are 14 years old who have younger siblings to provide for and how can one expect their 80-year-old granny to work after all?

I believe a lack of opportunity and education has faltered the opinion of the people in our country.

And the king - probably one of the laziest and most inciting individuals in our political spectrum - is using this to his advantage.

He is using the desperate and the poor and taking their frustrations and directing it somewhere very far into the past.

We are Africans - all of us who inhibit this land. But the king and his cronies decide to create this massive problem.

Perhaps it is a distraction to divert us from the fact that our president’s personal homestead issues were finally coming to a head.

Paranoid you might say - realistic would be my response.

We, the advantaged few in our country, have to start doing more. We cannot cast judgement fully onto those who have reacted so violently and negatively to foreigners living in our country.

There is no excuse for the violence and the intimidation that has stemmed from this ideological misgiving. BUT, we HAVE to start doing more.

We have to realise this issue is part of a much bigger picture.

A picture of poverty, frustration and anger. How does a family have any dignity in this country when they cannot defecate with some form of privacy and hygiene?

We have to, as middle class South Africa, take heed of these challenges. We have power. We move a lot within our economy and it about time we stood our ground.

Reform is required and a great deal needs to be put into educating our people into the social norms we are familiar with.

What has happened is nothing less than wrong, but it is time we stopped commenting and judging and start acting

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