Crime reparations badly needed

2016-02-18 06:00

WHEN a rebel group attempts to overthrow the ruling government by revolutionary means – exploding bombs to destabilise the country and injuring and/or killing innocent citizens – this is defined as terrorism. (Anyone involved in military tactics must acknowledge the immanence of death). This was the modus operandi of the ANC. The death sentence is imposed on a traitor, one who betrays the ruling government.

Thousands of farmers who cultivated and irrigated barren land, have been murdered. Now Zuma speaks of land distribution, of confiscating land from foreign nationals, who diligently and conscientiously toiled on the land.

Why must a people be given flourishing farms, which within a few seasons, will revert to its barren state because of abandonment? Do these aspiring farmers envisage the land working itself to yield produce.

A wise, late 80 year old (who had been targeted and physically injured in an armed robbery and threatened with rape) said: “I’m not anti any group, people, nation, but I am intolerant to undisciplined, riotous behaviour, which incorporates arson, pillaging, murder, assault, hijacking, rape and other serious and violent crimes.”

I appeal to all groups, other than ANC supporters, whose peaceful, law-abiding, family members have been the victim of murders, to demand reparation. Perhaps a government forced to pay large sums of money would then be responsible enough to devise methods to reduce the unacceptable, high crime levels prevalent in the country. Reintroducing the death sentence would lower the rate of murder.

Our Constitution guarantees the right of safety and protection to all within South Africa. My 83-year-old, 43kg mother, who devoted her old age to helping the black people, was murdered – stripped naked, wrists and ankles tied, bound, hit over the head, strangled and suffocated. Her body was a mass of black bruises and broken bones.

What fear and agony she must have suffered.

My former male friend was so badly injured in his last armed robbery attack that he became bedridden. Two murder attempts on my current male friend, a farmer, resulted in excruciating back pain and severe respiratory problems. My female friend, from a strict Greek Orthodox family was gang-raped. A helpful pupil, witnessed her father shot dead in the head.

I could recount page after page of atrocities. Note that after such attacks, businesses are forced to close, resulting in more unemployment.

Why should we be subjected to inhumane attacks? Where are our rights to safety?

According to Mandela: “Everyone has the same rights,” but I cannot venture outside during the night.

Dr L.J. Peltz


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