Crime: Our Daily Bread?

2012-06-20 13:53

At times it’s disheartening that a day never goes by, currently, without bad news reeling at the back of your computer screen, or distasteful messages flooding your inbox, carrying just the kind of information you would have loved to protect your ears and mind from.

It’s becoming part of our daily line-up, that ‘bad news’ is at the top of the list, then the rest becomes nothing but negligible events that cannot surpass or dilute the ugly taste of what we have already heard.

At times I wonder what has happened to the world. It’s as if criminals have created a platform where they get together and share ideas and strategies on how to assault people, invade homes and slaughter individuals in society. The rate at which crime is increasing can sometimes make you wonder whether these people have a conscience, or they lost it a long time ago.

On this issue I would like to refer to the rape cases and murder incidents that have occurred over the last few months and this month alone. To try and trace all the stories individually would surely take the better part of this whole page, but truth be told, these stories stand as clear as crystal to whoever is concerned, that the future of this nation and its people is at stake.

Question is where did it all go wrong? Are people simply committing these diabolic deeds because they did not have any other ‘way out’, or they are simply doing them because they find fun in doing them? At times it seems as if killing somebody is easy as 1 2 3. These days teenagers won’t think twice before they stick a cuspate blade through your heart. They wouldn’t even think twice to cut your organs out and feed them to the dogs. Ask yourself, do these people have a heart? I would like to believe there is no longer a thing in those chests no more.

What is even worse is that most of these criminals get away with nothing more than a slap on the wrist, and simply drop a couple of thousands of Rands at the ‘Court’ doors, and go back to terrorise society yet again, this time with a much greater force as they know the way out is much more smooth than they had ‘anticipated’. As much as I might not be a qualified law practitioner, I stand to question how there is always ‘a lack of evidence’, when there are witnesses who know who killed who? Is it by coincidence that even when these individuals stand on trial, they don’t even display compassion or remorse for the crimes that they are being charged for? Obviously there has to be a connection. But maybe it’s too insignificant and improbable for the judges to pick up. Only the people watching from afar can see the link

How much evidence does one need to authenticate that an individual murdered somebody? Would it make the task at hand easier if the victim woke up from their grave and pointed out who killed them? Maybe it would be better if they resurrected and put up a blueprint for those responsible for bringing the perpetrator to justice, to make their job much easier?

Many a time’s people veil themselves behind their verbose mannerism; taking victims through endless sessions and court hearings that drag for years and years, while criminals roam the streets nonchalantly, as if nothing happened. Justice is slowly but surely becoming too far-fetched in this country, and one has to break an arm and a leg to finally get what they deserve. It becomes even worse when, after years of fighting for justice, the criminal walks out the courtroom doors, with nothing but an evil grin on their face, and a clear urge to ‘do it again’.

Need I say more about these young girls and women being raped and abused every few seconds?

I am forced to believe there is something amiss. Its either somebody is not doing their job, or people have lost all sense of what it means to be human and exist in a world in peace. It seems as if some deem other individuals of society as nothing but subjects or ‘things’ that can be abused, killed, tortured and eliminated whenever it suits them.

How long will this continue, I ask myself? As beautiful as this beloved country is, it continues to sink under the blood of all those who have fallen victim to grievous crimes and killings occurring every day. One is never safe, and you always walk around with the feeling it could be your last day on this earth. Even worse, for parents who have children going to school every day. How does your child go to school without you worrying that it could be the last day you see that beautiful glow in their eyes, and feeling the warm kiss you always give them every morning? A solution is needed, and needed very soon!

This story is dedicated to Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) student, and friend,  Sisanda Kepeyi, 21, who was murdered this past weekend (16/06/2012), at his home in eMfuleni. According to reports, he was standing outside his house when boys from the neighborhood called him to come join them. On his arrival in the group, they surrounded him and stabbed him once in the chest. He died on the scene.


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