Holiday in Oz proved to be an eye-opener

2016-05-31 06:00

WE have just returned from a short holiday while visiting our family in Australia. We had not been out of the country for a number of years and what an eye-opener it was to see how people in other countries live.

What a treat it was to walk down the road at any time of the day and feel safe, do your shopping and walk around without any fear of interference.

For years we South Africans have taken for granted that we must protect ourselves and belongings on a daily basis to keep safe from harm and almost constant interference.

The people we spoke to in Australia find it incredible that we cannot move about freely — it is a concept completely foreign to them.

It is only once you remove yourself completely from the local environment that you realise how imprisoned we have become behind the high walls and electric fencing of our properties.

What will it take for the people of this country to tolerate each other enough so that we can once again be proud and promote our country with confidence?



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