Complete Freedom means No Freedom...

2014-10-27 10:04

Last week has been one of enormous turmoil. The case of Oscar Pistorius has caused widespread reaction among the global public in general and South Africans in particular.

On the one end of the spectrum there are those in favour of Oscar being handed down a jail sentence. On the other end of the spectrum there are those who support him, who hope for the best and that he will be let out after ten months.

Personally I have mixed feelings. However it is not my intention to condemn or promote Oscar. What I know for sure, is that the only ones who will ever truly know what transpired in the early morning hours when Reeva was killed, is Oscar and Reeva themselves. What I also know is that Judge Masipa had no easy task in determining what sentence to pose.

Which brings me to our legal system. South Africa has one of the most liberal constitutions in the world. Freedom of the individual is safeguarded to an enormous extent. As a country we are pro-abortion and we are against the death penalty. At what cost? To what extent should an individual be free? Is freedom the ultimate goal in a democracy, or should it be limited in order for us to be truly free?

Crime statistics in our country are soaring high. People get killed, raped and assaulted on a daily basis. South Africa is known as one of the most violent countries in the world! South Africans are scared to leave their own homes! Not a pretty picture! The question is what should be done about this phenomenon. Should we just carry on, bury our heads in the sand and ignore hard facts? Or should we seek a constructive way to solve this dilemma?

In my opinion the government, the ANC and all those that advocate absolute freedom of the individual should take a harsh look at themselves and what they stand for. The price of a life in this country has come to nothing. What’s even worse is the kind of privileges that criminals enjoy. Are we back in the days of the Wild West when the law had little bearing on the actions of those that lived within its constraints? No we are not. We live in a modern day society. A place where individuals should enjoy freedom within limits. Unfortunately it seems there are no limits. Yes people are free to come and go as they please. However this freedom borders on anarchy. People in this country can murder, rape, assault AND get away with it! They get limited sentences and within a few years they are free to go. I am not in this instance referring to the case of Oscar. As said before, heaven knows what truly transpired that night. No, I am referring to hardened criminals, people with ill will. People who pose a serious threat to society. It is people such as these who as it seems to me, enjoy freedom and privileges without boundaries!

This country has reached a crossroad. We have to take a stand and speak out! Our country, our very society are hanging by threads. We are falling to pieces. Why? Because of our notions about freedom. How can someone who kills expect to enjoy the same rights, the same privileges and the same freedom as the next South African? It is ludicrous!

My verdict is out. Freedom can never be unlimited, because when that happens you transgress upon the rights of the next person. Freedom especially of those that commit crime should operate to such an extent that people are obligated to respect the freedom of the person next to him. That obligations should include surrendering your freedom when you trespass the law. For when there is unlimited freedom, there is no freedom at all….

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