“I read the news today, oh boy” What shattered my spirit was not the story about a woman who drove over a smash and grabber, it is very likely that under the same circumstances I would have acted as she did. but the comments below the article broke my heart. To quote a few :
“Hi hope he dies…SLOWLY and in AGONIZING PAIN”
“Nice! NICE! WHAT a pleasure!! Such GOOD news! But how can the driver live with herself for not havng reversed over the dogshirt to make SURE he was dead?”
“If everybody reacted like this lady then there would be fewer hijackers. Personally, I would have driven over him five times to make sure he was dead. The thieves, murderers, rapists and the rest of the criminals have more rights in South Africa than the so called “innocent people.” If you injure an intruder in your home you have to prove he was there to do harm to you or property. All he has to say is that he was looking for water. Unless he actually commits a crime, such as killing you (you can’t defend yourself if you are dead) or leaving your property with your possessions you cannot stop him. That is the new South African Law. So if the crim is dead then it is your word against his and if he is dead he ain’t saying nothing!!”
“Who’s finished and klaar now? Somebody grab his life support, he doesn’t deserve it!”
“let the fkcer die!! We, law abiding citizens are getting sick and tired of this human garbag”
“She should have revesed and make sure that he is dead by driving on him again,then he will not try this anymore.
But please sent me that good lady s name she deserve an award.”
And this one by someone who calls themself ‘proudsafrican’ “It’s good to read about citizens taking back the country. KILL THEM ALL!!!”
On a personal note, I have been the victim of a smash and grab. I have been robbed at knife point. I have had two cars stolen. Our home has been burgled. Each of these incidents has had me using very colourful language, they have left me feeling violated and angry. They have led me to consider leaving South Africa, but never to wishing death on the perpetrators. This is not because I am a hippy flower child but because the punishment of death would not fit those crimes.
I believe in the death sentence. Donavan Moodley, The Mamalodi Monster, murderers and those who violently abuse children should pay the ultimate price. I believe that criminals should not enjoy certain privileges such as the right to vote.
What has gone wrong with us as a nation when a life has the same value as a handbag? We lament the fact that life is cheap to murderers but when citizens take the same view, what does that make them? What is our rainbow nation reduced to in the face of such violent hatred? How can people ever respect one another and grow from there?
The comments on that article grieved me. I also wrote a comment expressing my thoughts and the responses shook me. The level of bile in all the hateful comments is sick. The worst thing about crime is that it blackens souls, those of the perpetrators and those of ordinary citizens. How will we ever move forward as a nation? Is there any hope?
“Cry the Beloved Country”