Respect for life has been lost - Meshoe

2012-10-16 16:45

Johannesburg - Shooting at a person in full view of police and television cameras is an indication that respect for life and fear of the police has been lost, the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) said on Tuesday.

"If people are not safe in the presence of the police, then where will they be safe? Because our streets are also no longer safe," said party leader Reverend Kenneth Meshoe in a statement.

"Even our homes, which should be a place of safety, are being violated by criminals on a daily basis."

He was reacting to the shooting of Inkatha Freedom Party supporter Siya Dlamini in front of police and television cameras outside the Ntuzuma Magistrate's Court in KwaZulu-Natal on Monday.

IFP councillor Mdu Nkosi said the shots were fired while he was giving an interview following the appearance of three men in connection with the shooting of an IFP supporter a little more than a week ago at the KwaMashu hostels in Durban.

Meshoe called on Justice and Constitutional Development Minister, Jeff Radebe, to act swiftly and to ensure that the man who shot and killed the IFP member was prosecuted as soon as possible, preferably this week.

"Why would this case take months before it is finalised when there are so many witnesses to the murder? We would like to see swift justice done in this case, as we saw happen during the 2010 Fifa World Cup tournament."

The Congress of the People (Cope) said it was regrettable that the gruesome killings of both IFP and NFP (National Freedom Party) members continued to escalate despite continued calls for a political solution in KwaZulu-Natal.

"It is high time that inter-political battles in KwaZulu-Natal receive the necessary attention by means of a political intervention in order to stabilise the province," said spokesperson on police, Leonard Ramatlakane.

He said such political intervention must seek to educate supporters of political parties about the co-existence of political opponents and tolerance of different ideas and political persuasion.

The man accused of shooting dead the IFP supporter outside the Ntuzuma Magistrate's Court was expected to appear in the same court facing murder charges on Wednesday.

  • darryl.earnshaw - 2012-10-16 17:16

    Welcome to Africa

      jeremy.forbes.1293 - 2012-10-16 21:30

      Yep, more tribal warfare, t'was always so and ever so be.

  • kala.bafazi - 2012-10-16 17:18

    Has Kenneth Meshoe been asleep for the last decade? Everytime someone mentions the word elections in KZN people go out killing members of the opposing parties. There is no respect for anything anymore. And it starts with the youth who have no respect for their teachers and this is carried through to their adult life.

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-10-16 17:20

    Respect of life died when we were given a government full of corruption,bleeding into the police and every other nook and cranny of society!

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-10-16 17:21

    For most of these murderers it's better inside jail than on the outside because they get free food, television and medical attention for life. Bringing back the gallows will also bring back respect for life. It's guaranteed!

  • lovenergy - 2012-10-16 17:29

    Humans think so much of their species yet they are nothing but universal parasites. They slaughter their own, they abuse their children and they care for nothing but their own greed. This greed created a bottomless pit in their hearts and they have tossed their own morals and humanity down this hole. We are an unstable creation and need a universal intervention soon

  • Krishna - 2012-10-16 17:32

    Bring back the death penalty I say!

  • siphom.mnguni - 2012-10-16 17:36

    As a career policeman I would like to correct the Honourable Kenneth Meshoe, with due respect, Reverend, I don't want to be \feared\. I want to be loved, respected and protected by the community I have given my 26 years of unblemished service. What happened at Ntuzuma Court is a sad indictment to you and your colleagues in Parliament to rethink the laws of the country. If a person could shoot a fellow human-being in full glare of the media cameras, do you think he has respect for the laws emanating from the Parliament you are serving? Why don't you propose the mother of all debates there to revisit the laws passed there. Ok, the police apprehended him, so let's see how long will he be incarcerated before he is released on \good behaviour\ if not the usual \political illness\ and be \the death-door\ whatever that nonsense means. Just something to ponder. Good-bye.

      Johann Enslin - 2012-10-16 17:38

      Well said.

      leonardo.newton.18 - 2012-10-16 17:59

      Well put Siphom, agree with u....

      fifi.stewart.71 - 2012-10-16 18:07

      Siphom you are right. There are many policemen like you who really care about society. It is the lack of parenting and discipline in the home. Children are not taught to respect their elders or authority anymore. Keep doing your job with integrity and honesty. God bless you

  • richard.russmann - 2012-10-16 17:37

    Agree, and we the suffering public, have known this for the last 20 years. In fact the ruling elite know it also, but are protected with tax payer money. In my view, the only 2 things that will reverse this worsening trend: 1) Vote in a DIFFERENT party to stop the ANC COSATU alliance from plundering the wealth of this country, that in turn keeps people poor and make crime tick. 2) Related to 1) re invigorate the police, remove the corrupt polictical pawns. Once the corruption is removed from the police, allow them to OPEN FIRE. This method works in most countries, when the police say STOP or ILL SHOOT, people actually do. And they certainly do not charge the police as at Marikana or shoot other people in view of the police, or burn / stone them in full view of the police all which have happened in the last 2 months!!! Easier said than done however. Starts with the electorate......even vote for the ACDP is better than the "unholy" alliance vote.

  • ludwe.kolwapi - 2012-10-16 17:43

    Ya ne,basically you can get shot anywhere at any time,only the fat cats are safe...the rest of us normal people,your mom,pops,brother,sister,child are all target practice for these rural @ss-whipes

  • buti.lembe - 2012-10-16 17:53

    It's our tax money that are used wrongly to commit such brutal crime.

  • leonardo.newton.18 - 2012-10-16 17:53

    Its a shame to be a South African today. SA citizens no longer enjoys da sweats of their hard work because of da criminals. People are being shot @ on daylight in front of their children, just for somebody to rob da cars, cell phones etc. Its difficult for SA People to trust

  • George - 2012-10-16 17:57

    If Shaka Zulu were around, there would be plenty of respect; or else. See, the people (criminals) have no fear. Bring back the death penalty NOW. Major corruption, murder, rape, armed robbery, hijacking; bullet in the head, no questions asked. Actually, I think we can be generous and allow them to swing from the SCAMRAL gantries, if they like.

  • steveroodt - 2012-10-16 17:57

    The first report said that the guy that got shot jumped in front of the other oke with a spear then the oke shot him lets think about that.

  • steven.m.armour - 2012-10-16 17:58

    THey are doing their national service killing each other.

  • zaatheist - 2012-10-16 17:59

    We know that but why don't you whistle up your invisible sky daddy and ask him to help. Oh! You have already done that thousands of times and he's ignored you. Useless god. Perhaps he is not supporting you or you guys would be in power, hey? Useless god!

      steveroodt - 2012-10-16 18:11

      Not worth the reply. But Boet what green you been smoking?

      zaatheist - 2012-10-16 19:33

      Squatter Drinking holy water.

      brad.racer.1 - 2012-10-16 19:33

      FATHER, forgive him for he knows not what he is saying. Have mercy on him, may your grace be sufficient for this man's salvation.

  • delelani - 2012-10-16 18:02

    So was Zulu supposed to let Siya stab him with the rusty spear??? Come the eff on!!! Be realistic!

  • ernest.oelofse - 2012-10-16 18:04

    One wonders if a man whose signature tune calls for a machine gun is aware of the consequences of glorifying guns? I for one am not surprised his followers have turned KZN into a killing field.

  • delelani - 2012-10-16 18:04

    Come in Kenneth, be realistic!! The journalist who was with Zulu said Siya jumped in front of Zulu wielding a rusty spear! Was Zulu supposed to wait for Siya to stab him with the rusty spear to show you he has respect for life? Come on!!!!

  • rob.gunning.1 - 2012-10-16 18:33

    Disgusting and terrible!!!

  • irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-10-16 18:36

    Life has no value because there is so much of it. One person dies and 50 more get born!!!!

  • nicolene.lephuthing - 2012-10-16 19:38

    There's no value 4 life in South Africa how can a human being kill another just like that in KZN people are killing each other everyday then life goes on like nothing happened I don't knw what's wrong with that province Police were supposed 2 kill that guy there nd then cos he was a danger 2 everyone there. they killed Andries Tatane unarmed but they could not do their job yesterday nd kill a killer to protect everyone there I'm so ashamed 2 b a South African since the Marikana missacre I'm scared blood is still gonna be lost cos people have no respect 4 police anymore they kill them whenever they want so we are not safe anymore its a shame

  • koketso.senabe - 2012-10-16 20:19

    See? It's not just about farmer... Go to the townships, cemeteries get full because of people who just kill because they feel like doing so.

  • Keegan Sinclair - 2012-10-16 20:41 are playing with fire my man i hope your eyes are opened before you die and you beg God for forgiveness because hell has a nice corner for people like you anyway in the end we all get what we deserve you will too

  • opinion.blake - 2012-10-16 21:28

    Rev Meshoe! I acknowledge your comments but it's just very old news for the man in the street. I work at a public hospital. Friends, family and foes killing each other is nothing out of the ordinary. All in a weekend's work. I'm serious! The stats speak for themselves: Most murders and serious assaults are committed by someone the victims know. It's SHOCKING to see how little value is given to life! I wonder if someone has dared a PhD in sociology on why certain communities give so little value to life and so much value to the already dead. The next interesting question is why the absolute right to life, and the subsequent demonizing of the death penalty, is treated as an untouchable holy grail in our constitution but on the ground people are killing each other by the thousands for no good reason at all. The constitution is suppose to reflect the aspirations and values of it's people. Our values suck, as a people we don't value life at all. Don't tell me that's not true because "our constitution protects life" blah-blah-blah. Our constitution is this: a few letters arranged on a piece of paper. As long as we remain so barbaric and voilent it's not worth the paper it's written on I suspect that future generations will recognise that some sections of the constitution, like the part dealing with the protection of life, did in fact not promote the respect for life amongst our people but exposed our people to the Sunday sport of murderous fellow citizens/barbarians.

  • Simphiwe Spijo Nxumalo - 2012-10-17 00:34

    Simon Mnguni well said collegue they forget that in the new south africa police officers are also working according to some laws and guidelines...

  • brendan.vogt.1 - 2012-10-17 08:16

    Ummmmm You Think ?????????

  • Stanely Mabunda - 2013-06-20 21:32

    as long as that dead wood, buthelezi is still in the political landscape.

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