Crime and our lives

We’ve reached a stage of living where none of us are really ever safe. It’s a constant worry every single second:

Make sure you’ve locked the car doors, don’t keep your windows rolled down, lock the gate and have cameras, switch on the alarm before going to bed and the list goes on. Ways to have some sort of peace of mind in order to remain sane because we don’t know if we’ll make it to the end of the day or if we’ll have a bullet through our heads.

In my home, the conversations we have at dinner are the best ways to have our cameras placed so that there are no blind spots and we’d be able to spot someone trying to sneak in when we’re reversing out of our yard. This is what the kids in my family are subjected to because of the crime in our country and all the others too.

We’ve reached a point where no one can be trusted. Not out work colleagues nor our own family members because anyone can decide that money is more important than loyalty.

Its been a while since we’ve posted anything, that’s because I’ve been looking for the perfect new piece to talk about and the only thing being talked about has been shootings, theft, hijacks, robberies, deaths etc. then today when I read the news about sixteen prisoners escaping from the Sun City jail, I decided that enough is enough.

The man who killed his four nieces and nephews.

The man who had twenty clitorises stored in his freezer.

Three people killed at a taxi rank shooting with two left injured.

Three school robberies in one week.

A traffic officer abducted by four men then shot dead.

These are only a few cases and yet its too much! So many innocent lives at stake and why? Because some of them are working hard to make something out of their lives so that’s the only incentive needed to take their earnings away?

Some have done absolutely nothing but their lives are also at stake because of jealousy and hatred?

If that’s not enough, we get to feel even more insecure because the few criminals that have been caught can easily waltz out of their cells and come out to terrorize us once again. To make it worse, not one, two, or even three criminals but sixteen. How is it possible that sixteen criminals can escaped a highly guarded prison with top surveillance methods unnoticed? If this is not a new low for our country, I don’t know what is.

It’s not fair that we have to live in constant fear, it’s not fair at times these criminals can get away with little to no consequences and that our lives are constantly at risk because of people who don’t want to work so they feel like its fine to steal from us, that they need to support their drug addictions or are just psychopaths who enjoy seeing us cower in fear.

Our first human right is the right to life and if even that right is being threatened what does that say about our country? And what is more sad is that we’ve all got so used to it that we’ve taken it onto stride.
I don’t know about you but I do know that I do not wish to life in such a state nor would I want my loved ones to have to suffer so.

But what can be done? Is anywhere safe anymore?

Reverse Apartheid: Is This What It’s Turning To?

I read the news and I want to cry. I live in this beautiful country, but worse, in ignorant bliss from what this country is trying to hide from me. Or perhaps what I am trying not to see.

Our country has almost reached twenty-four years of freedom but is it called freedom when its citizens live in fear?

In a previous post, I spoke about racism being South Africa’s scapegoat but perhaps it is only now that I see what in actual fact is happening.

Do you know that our country is facing guerrilla attacks that have been blown over as nothing but simple crime but now that our land is being threatened, the true stories are coming out?

Hafsa sends me links and says it’s Mozambique happening all over again. I speak to a white friend and they say it’s Zimbabwe – The Beginning. I open my news app and see torture, gunshot wounds and beatings and people living in fear. And I think to myself that are we so stupid as a creation that we do not learn from our mistakes? That we demand history to repeat itself?

 

It was once said that insanity was doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. So this is complete insanity.

Do we blame racism again or is it finally time to look at the big picture? It is not normal for people to sleep with their 9mm’s under their pillows at night in fear that they might be attacked that night. We are not supposed to be living in a country where driving into your yard has your heart thudding because what if it is today that someone ambushes you and gets into your home?

What kind of inhumane people burn women with irons, mutilating men’s legs’ with blowtorches, stuff plastic packets down old ladies’ throats, ripping their clothes and hurting them, leaving them to bleed out on their beds? Who are you that you can calmly shoot a man between his eyes, with no care that his pregnant wife and young daughter are looking on, terrified to breathe?

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I am disgusted and when I turn to our government, I see a cabinet who feigns offence at the Australian, Mr Peter Dutton, for apparently being out-and-out racist and daring to give refuge to white South African farmers. Sorry, Mr Dutton. Your campaign is noble but it is not only white farmers who are living in fear of death every day. This campaign is to affect us all.

 

A friend said to me, “Once us white farmers are out, who do you think they’re coming after next?” I received a pointed and sympathetic look. They then continue, “I’m just glad that we’re immigrating soon.”

Are we to lose our people because they’re a minority? Are we to be the chicken and the goat and the cow who ignored the mouse’s pleas for help on seeing a mouse trap being placed? When the trap captured a snake and the wife got bitten, it was the chicken that was slaughtered to help ease her fever. When she died and the guests came flooding in, it was the goat and then the cow that were slaughtered to feed them.

Are we to sit back and watch until it’s our turn?

What is happening? How many more murders? How much more injustice?

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Will they steal our land and give nothing in return? Will they rape our women and turn away with fake sympathy when we cry? Will they murder our men and throw cents at us when our children starve?

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When will we wake up?

It’s 2018 but if Nelson Mandela woke up today and saw what our country is doing to its own people, maybe then he would make them realise who the real enemies are.

You are becoming monsters and you hide your actions behind ‘apartheid fairness’.

Trash that.

You are burning your country and when you are left in it’s ashes, there will be no farms to feed you. Only starving people looking back with blank eyes.

Thoroughly horrified, this is Ayesha Abdullah, reporting for Change for the 22nd – South Africa at Large.

 

Racism: Is it South Africa’s Scapegoat?

While one half of South Africa empty out their freezers in fear of the Listeriosis outbreak and the other half (those that actually follow sport news) gasp in shock at the vicious attack on triathlete, Mhlengi Gwala, everyone seems to be forgetting about the video clip released a week ago concerning the attack in Lenasia’s Food Lover’s Market.

Anyway, the incident in itself is not what I am here to talk about. That is something anyone can Google and see for themselves.

I want to talk about the headline that enca used to report this article.

Food Lovers Market Replaces Managers After Racist Attack

Now, if one had to read about the actual incident, it clearly states that the African employee had pulled a knife on a fellow African colleague and the white manager had stepped in when things had turned violent.

Was it correct to respond to this violence with violence? Absolutely not. That is where the saying “fighting fire with fire” comes from.

It. Only. Makes. Things. Worse!

So now that it has been established that this attack was in no way, racial, what is the response of the public regarding this headline?

Here are just a few of the comments on this:

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And my favourite has to be this comment and all the replies to it:

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So, racism or not, my question is: South Africa! Why is it that whenever something goes wrong, your first scapegoat and fall guy, is a cry of racism!

Everyone is racist. Not only Whites or Indians or Africans. Who reading this can honestly tell me that they haven’t heard someone in their family make a racist comment be they of any race?

I have White, Coloured, Indian and African friends. All are lovely people and the only fear or horror I feel, is when something is obviously wrong. It’s not racism when a spasm of fear goes through me at being in an empty parking lot and there’s a group of shifty looking individuals around. It’s the thought that I’m alone and these people look dangerous.

But apparently ‘enca’ sees it fit to say that should I start walking faster and have my phone out to call an emergency number, it’s because I’m racist. Nevermind the fact that I don’t want to die.

Perhaps even using the word ‘African’ instead of black will become an issue.

The only reason I even use that word was because in high school when an African friend of mine found out that the reason the term ‘black’ is used is because Steve Biko had fought for it, she found it so silly. She felt there was more respect in saying African. So I even have a legit reason.

Back to my rant on this enca headline and all such accusations that have been passed and will continue to pass.

What about those comments ranting on about how white people only defend the racism thing when it’s directed to them?

I call foul.

It is highly annoying to be accused of racism at every turn when one has literally been born in the year of freedom and yet at every turn one must hear that our country is still steeped in this gunk that Nelson Mandela and many others fought against.

The truth of the matter is, when some people don’t want to own up to the wrong that they are doing or that the situation is because of their own stupidity, they cry ‘racism’.

Why just a few days ago, a friend of mine was approached with a case by an Indian girl who wanted to sue her professor for not allowing her to continue her modules because he was being racist!  What about the fact that you failed!  (Yes dear, when you don’t study this is what happens!)

I will never say that there aren’t any racists and yes there are numerous attacks like this all over the country.

But this time, it was not a racist attack and the people in this country need to stop shouting it out at every turn.

We don’t want it to turn into a ‘crying wolf’ situation.

This is Ayesha Abdullah, reporting for Change for the 22nd on The News – Our Perspective.