Stand against killings

2016-04-26 06:00

Last week we have once again been shaken, shocked and rattled by the brutal killing of one of our own, Detective Constable Sekadi from the Grassy Park police service centre.

He was a valuable asset to our community, has been ruthless in bringing law-breakers before the court and exposing the dark side of the gang underworld.

As a community we want to express our condolences, and unequivocally state that we do not condone the brutal slaying of our police officers, or any member of society. As a community we value our police officers, in whatever capacity they may serve us.

Once again it is a call to our leaders, those in authority – decision makers, politicians and government – to listen and respond to the cry of our people. Once again we see a system dismally failing us, where those who must uphold and protect society, fall victim to the very system they must uphold.

Our justice system fails us time and time again. Our police service is understaffed, underresourced and its members are under paid. Correctional services delivers and feeds into our communities the products of a failing prison system (with exception to those who reshaped their lives), and when we add all up, the outcome is that the innocent, the upright and the community heroes are carried away in wooden boxes to their last resting place.

Absent at the time of distress, tears, heartache and bereavement, are the politicians, the ministers and government.

As a community we have the power to influence decisions, budgets, systems, policies and ways of thinking. We must get involved in community projects, programmes and initiatives. We must become more vocal and speak out against unjust and ungodly systems, participate in forums, structures and all other platforms, and above all, hold our leaders, MECs, councillors and service providers accountable.

Let the death of our fallen heroes, children, elderly and youth not be in vain. Let the spilled blood of the innocent speak to the righteous, cry out to the heart of our community and let our response be: “yes we will take up the course, yes we will unite against all forces of darkness and overcome”!

Pastor Paul Phillip Parkwood

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