Terrorism is on our doorsteps

2019-10-15 06:00

Terrorism in the widest sense is the use of intended violence, usually against civilians, for political purposes. Recently two metro enforcement staff were killed whilst protecting a municipal housing project intended for poor folk on the Cape Flats. Before their murder, other security staff including workers, were also hurt and killed. This is not the first or last time when folk busy with service delivery issues are hurt or killed by criminals. Street cleaners and other municipal staff also have to seek cover when thugs with no respect, shooting willy-nilly. Ambulance and other staff are attacked and robbed when trying to assist the needy. The situation is wasteful as this costs taxpayers more money as the jobs take longer and cause more delays in critical service delivery. The time has come for the definition of terrorism within the South African context to be expanded to include actions that impact on critical service delivery like the ambulance services etcetera. Also, when thieves steal cables causing delays in the train schedule, this action must be measured a terrorist attack and not just as cable theft. When a municipality builds housing for the poor, an attack on the workers must be considered an act of terrorism because of its implications. When poor people wait years for housing because some thug wants a bribe, taxpayers cannot permit this cruelty as delays can lead to riots etcetera due to frustration. Criminals already rape and kill at school, universities and at the post office. We are robbed at the bus stop, at the train station, inside the bus and train and at shopping malls. Must we reward thugs with our taxes as well? Drastic action is required as regular criminal law has failed to provide safety. Even the army on the Cape Flats has had a slight impact as thugs have no respect for our enforcement authority and continue with crime. Recently a daily tabloid clarified that a Cape Flats man was robbed but had nothing. The robber then decided to rape the man instead. When this type of evil replaces normal crime, then a different approach is needed. We need government to regard all violent crime as a terrorist action so we can return the death penalty.

Yagyah Adams, Cape Muslim Congress
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