We are a country at war and the war is between good and evil. It is bad because the enemy is between us and you never know who will turn out to be a friend or a foe. Today you may work alongside each other but tonight they may enter your house and shoot you for a cellphone or a computer.
How do you justify the things that go on in this country. A five month old baby strangled? A father shooting his own child trying to protect his family. A little girl raped and left partially blind? And then there are the crimes that stand out in our minds from a while back but they are only the tip of the iceberg – the 2 year old girl hit in the head and that was left blinded, Emily Williams – shot while sitting in her mother’s car waiting to pick up a friend from their house, Leigh Matthews killed even though her dad paid the ransom money, the girl that was dragged under the taxi for 300m’s. And the list can go on and on and on.
How will this end, how can this end? This is not an official war so we can’t sign a peace treaty and there is now sense of urgency from the government to end these senseless acts of violence and hate. From my point of view I think the government is actually encouraging the hatred and the evil and the crime. Why I have no idea, because crime is not a race on race thing – everybody suffers, black, white, yellow and purple. It is a fight between good and evil. And from where I’m standing it feels although evil is definitely winning.
Is this the sins of the fathers visiting like they say in the bible? Is this a throwback to the Middle Ages but with modern weapons. If you look at history and just for a quick example look at the war between England and Scotland – they were brutal and they raped and pillaged and murdered each other. BUT at least you knew who the enemy was AND that was about 400 years ago. Is South Africa really 400 years behind in morals, ethics and humanity?
I look at my child and I want to take her and run. Let her live in a country where she’ll always be a stranger, where she’ll have little or no contact with her family, let her be teased because of her accent. Let her long for the red African soil and the stars and the dramatic sunsets and the weather but at least she’ll be safe and won’t have to be stressed about the possibility of rape, murder or pillage.
Dear God please save this country from itself.