South Africa has reversed rolls on crime, whoa

2017-10-31 06:00

“FEVER” 17 October 2017 has it in big fat print “Failure to report crime is a crime” meaning that victims of crime are now themselves classified criminals because they gave up on the justice system.

What a conundrum for South Africa. Well, this needs serious attention.

Our son now living in the U.S. and with fewer degrees and much less experience than me, his salary is so much more than ours, that we accepted him buying us tickets to visit him in the U.S.

Like visitors to South Africa, I had to take pictures of the remarkable absence of security fences etcetera, of cars without occupants, keys in ignition idling in public parking lots so that the AC can keep the inside cool while the owner is shopping. We visited a friend who cannot even lock his front door ... surely that must be a crime or irresponsible in the least?

Hopping on the train from the airport to Brisbane city, I remember being annoyed that no gate or conductor stamped my ticket. In that beautiful city one can, but decent people don’t, hop on and hop off the CityCat without paying. In the U.S. it is common practice for the public to put money in unguarded honestly boxes before you take or enjoy what is on offer. And yet here in South Africa people get killed in the privacy of their own home by a complete stranger often getting away with less than a cellphone.

We are not only a country with IQ 7.9 units below world average, but the levels of crime and corruption is evidence of very low EQ (emotional intelligence). It was an object lesson to observe the traffic in Beijing tolerating and making space for farmers on ragged tricycles bringing produce to the fresh markets. Courtesy and respect for other people’s property and rights was noticeable in those East Asian counties (leave your purse on the counter in Japan for example and check back for it tomorrow). This fact has something to do with their lifestyle and them ranking top on the IQ/EQ list.

Well, we need to drastically improve on what we are doing and in my opinion family planning should get highest priority. Each child born should have an opportunity to become a worthy citizen. Good nutrition (to build brains) and a healthy home environment are essentials.

With the greater percentage of children depending on the programme for the only meal of the day, the government allocation of ±R1.50 per child per day for the school food programme is hopelessly inadequate. The eThekwini Municipality’s efforts to create and support community gardens is a better option, but need much more promotion, understanding and support.

Those gardens can grow the best food for mother and child. KZN is blessed with a climate that can grow vegetables, fruit, nuts, berries … well, all the nutrients necessary for the IQ and EQ giants of the future. Let us get all “criminals” trained in gardening and in caring for their fellow citizens. That way the conundrum can be solved.



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