Save yourself; adopt humanity

2019-05-01 06:01
Clive Molokoane, social observer

Clive Molokoane, social observer

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March – declared as Human Rights Month – has come and go.

It came as a result of the terrible 1960 Sharpeville massacre of 69 people and the injuring of 180 more.

This occurred after the police shot at the marchers who peacefully demonstrated against the pass laws which required all indigenous Africans over the age of 16 to carry a passbook wherever they went.

On this fateful day in Sharpe­ville, the apartheid government had indeed perfected its art of suppression, mowing down people without batting an eyelid.

That was then, this is now.

South Africans are good at bestowing accolades to martyrs of historical injustices and look the other way when daily rights enshrined in the Bill of Rights are trampled upon.

Look around, you will find marauding hordes infringing on fellow citizens’ rights.

Nothing riles more than the sheer arrogance and ignorance about our Constitution and what is written therein.

Constitutional illiteracy is rampant.

Neighbourhoods are infested with people that use transfe­rence to hide their mental, intellectual and material inadequacies to insult their fellow citizens.

They feel better afterwards as if a remedy for their complex situation has been administered.

Communities have these people who commit defamation, crimen injuria and hate speech daily as a way of hiding their pedestrian existence.

The African malady of pulling people down when excelling in brewing hatred and sorrow in the hearts of unsuspecting practitioners of schadenfreude.

Venom spewed by these people unfortunately permeates to their respective families and the vicious cycle gets to their offspring who take on the poisoned chalice.

People must teach themselves to respect others and not spew bile to settle scores and drag other people’s names through the mud.

The golden rule – Matthew 7:12, the cornerstone of kindness – is a free commodity.

Our country’s human rights ethos must be our compass.

People did not die to have formerly oppressed people using our freedom to belittle others, pass aspersions as well as using the same freedom to deal with their imaginary enemies.

You will find the ubiquitous “ke tla mo emisetsa van nou . . . O mo bone?” Meaning “I’ll call the police right now”.

Brigades spending inordinate time to destroy others’ dignity instead of going out there and making a difference in their own wounded lives.

Courts are filled with innocent people who have been wrongfully arraigned and suffered the result of having their dignity impaired by bitter people roaming our townships.

A protection order serves a significant role in our legal system. However, to have them used illegally by scorned partners, in cahoots with their ever-present family members to destroy lives, is not on.

The law must be enforced with regards to lies.

This is tantamount to perjury.

The human rights spirit and culture must be akin to a second skin to us. People must familiarise themselves with the law – reading can be a desirable opportunity to sitting on crates.

Bitterness and self-hate are self-inflicted wounds that will fester, if introspection does not occur.

Fellow Africans, learning to adopt humanity – “botho” as our forebears had – is what will save us from ourselves.

Those whose blood was shed for our human rights, need not be turning in their grave as things stand.

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