Have they no pride?

2017-01-12 06:02

WHAT has happened to the people of South Africa? What has happened to law and order in this country?

The chaotic gathering of crowds at the Hibiscus Mall on New Year’s is a perfect example of people not caring for themselves, never mind their fellow countrymen.

I am sure that people from other First World countries or even Second and Third World countries would call it “barbarism”.

People running into Checkers stark naked, drunk, swearing, others urinating against the pillars inside the shopping centre, others urinating, vomiting or emptying their stomachs on the sidewalks. It is disgusting, disgraceful, disrespectful and makes one ashamed to think that those are the people you have to respect in the workplace the next day. To face them not showing shame and disgust. If you were one of those how do you feel about it - proud?

There is a hospital situated not even 400 metres from the mall, did anybody even worry about the effect all the noise had on patients? Surely not.

When the police were asked why they were not doing anything about the situation, people were told the owner of the property gave these people permission to gather there.

Well sir, the permission-giver, why did you not hire portable toilets, make sure there were safe entry for other shoppers or at least set up a few rules – not that it would be followed.

On this day, to mention a few, the amended Public Health Act 12 of 2013, Police Service Act 68 of 1995, Liquor Act 59 of 2003, Regulations of Gatherings Act 205 of 1993, and laws, including public indecency and many more, were disrespected but nothing was done about it.

It is time that the people of Margate start acting like respectful citizens.

This is a holiday destination of which we have always been proud. Holidaymakers, however, will stop visiting our town and businesses will fail to succeed. It will then be too late for tears.

Look back at the situation, place yourself in that picture and decide if you belong there. Do you want to be one of the mall crowd, or are you better than that? Leaves you thinking, doesn’t it?


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