Law­less­ness, ill-dis­ci­pline criple Le­sotho

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WE wel­come the con­tri­bu­tion of the pri­vate sec­tor to ed­u­ca­tion and the over­all en­deav­our to­wards im­prov­ing our ed­u­ca­tion sys­tems “Ned­bank boosts NUL com­puter lab” ( Le­sotho Times, 2 June 2016). Big ups to our busi­ness sec­tor.

The Cen­tral Bank of Le­sotho and Voda- IN re­sponse to “Our cities of squalor” by Ut­loang Ka­jeno ( Le­sotho Times, 2 June 2016), I would like to com­mend the writer for com­ing up with a re­fresh­ing topic that fo­cuses on de­vel­op­ment of our coun­try in­stead of read­ing about adults fight­ing like two-year-olds, week in week out.

The lev­els of law­less­ness and illd­is­ci­pline in this coun­try we call home are shock­ing. As I was driv­ing to church last Sun­day morn­ing, I wit­nessed a young man openly uri­nat­ing on the Lekhaloa­neng Main South One road.

What I found dis­turb­ing was that peo­ple went ahead with their busi­ness as if noth­ing wrong was go­ing on.

The habit of uri­nat­ing and drink­ing in pub­lic has be­come so ram­pant that it has be­come ac­cept- com Le­sotho also con­trib­uted com­put­ers. Now it’s Ned­bank Le­sotho. Metlife is also do­ing able in our so­ci­ety. I of­ten wit­ness men openly re­liev­ing them­selves in front of chil­dren and el­derly peo­ple with­out any sense of re­morse or shame.

Some of the hotspots that have been turned into un­of­fi­cial out­door toilets are the Cathe­dral fence, AME Church fence, Lancers Inn wall (Pioneer Road) and the most ir­ri­tat­ing is an open plot at the en­trance of Se­fika com­plex along Moshoeshoe Road.

Gen­er­ally, bad be­hav­iour seems to be a com­mon prac­tice in Le­sotho. I of­ten ob­serve the con­duct of our brothers who drive 4+1 taxis. The be­hav­iour of most of them leaves much to be de­sired.

They are a law unto them­selves. They of­ten block pub­lic roads and ca­su­ally have con­ver­sa­tions with each an­other with to­tal dis­re­gard

IN re­sponse to “Cy­cle of blood, pain and hu­mil­i­a­tion” ( Le­sotho Times, 2 June 2016), this is why May 26 was Men­strual Hy­giene Day.

We are aware of the chal­lenges girls face in schools, es­pe­cially ru­ral schools.

How about the gov­ern­ment have a scheme like the feed­ing scheme that helps th­ese girls?

It is a taboo in our cul­ture to talk about men­stru­a­tion, but it is a nat­u­ral phe­nom­e­non that can­not be avoided by any­one but must be faced head on by all.

Fe­male teach­ers must stop abus­ing and ridi­cul­ing th­ese girls.

Tokoloho Khut­soane. to fel­low driv­ers. They carry il­le­gal guns, curse and drink al­co­hol in front of el­derly peo­ple. It’s a com­plete mess.

Un­for­tu­nately, all that mess un­der­mines our ef­forts as en­trepreneurs to at­tract in­vest­ment and tourists into Le­sotho.

I of­ten tell my col­leagues that only a crazy in­vestor would in­vest in a coun­try plagued by law­less­ness and un­ruly be­hav­iour. The rule of law comes first to any po­ten­tial in­vestor.

Some of us work tire­lessly to see this coun­try pros­per­ous and fully func­tional in the near fu­ture, but our ef­forts are sim­ply eroded by the very same peo­ple we are try­ing to save by pro­vid­ing them jobs.

It has be­come so em­bar­rass­ing to drive po­ten­tial investors around town be­cause, one way or the oth- IN re­sponse to the de­bate of whether Le­sotho needs an army or not, it is to­tally fea­si­ble given that there are cur­rently 23 coun­tries in the world that don’t have an army, and they seem to get by just fine.

For pro­tec­tion, some of th­ese coun­tries main­tain limited para­mil­i­tary se­cu­rity forces.

Many of th­ese coun­tries find not hav­ing an army as a source of na­tional pride, and it has even helped some as­sume roles as in­ter­na­tional peace­mak­ers.

Costa Rica, for ex­am­ple, is home to the head­quar­ters of the United Na­tions Univer­sity for Peace, and Ice­land, through its Cri­sis Re­sponse Unit, par­tic­i­pates in peace­keep­ing ef­forts in Bos­nia-herze­gov­ina and Pales­tine.

Not hav­ing an army also frees up a sig­nif­i­cant per­cent­age of the na­tional bud­get that can be al­lo­cated to other pub­lic sec­tors, such as health and ed­u­ca­tion. So not hav­ing an army is both pos­si­ble and eco­nom­i­cally ad­van­ta­geous, es­pe­cially for small na­tions like Le­sotho. er, some­one will do some­thing dis­taste­ful (stupid) and de­ter po­ten­tial in­vest­ment.

In con­clu­sion, I be­lieve that our be­hav­iour as a so­ci­ety has se­ri­ous prob­lems.

We dis­play symp­toms of ab­nor­mal be­hav­iour and deep-rooted prob­lems that have shaped our so­ci­ety over time. The un­der­ly­ing fac­tor is that some­thing is se­ri­ously wrong with us.

My opin­ion is that one of (em­pha­sis on one of) the fac­tors that has dam­aged our so­ci­ety was the exodus of fa­ther fig­ures in fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties to join min­ing in­dus­tries in South Africa.

The lack of fa­ther fig­ures in our house­holds un­der­mined fam­ily struc­tures and re­sulted in dys­func­tional fam­i­lies, which grew with­out con­crete fam­ily val­ues and guid- Ob­server. ance. I am not in any way try­ing to im­ply that all peo­ple from sin­gle­headed fam­i­lies are ill-dis­ci­plined.

In mod­ern times, most women leave their fam­i­lies to work in South Africa as do­mes­tic work­ers. That trend as well, will bear very un­de­sir­able fruits in the near fu­ture.

So what is the so­lu­tion? Is it an in­tro­duc­tion of mu­nic­i­pal and lo­cal gov­ern­ment by-laws?

Is it a re­view of our ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem? Should churches take a lead­ing role in re-shap­ing our so­ci­ety?

Should we rather ac­cept de­feat and be in­cor­po­rated into South Africa be­cause we can’t go on like this? What’s your opin­ion?

‘Mako Bohloa Mazenod, Ha Sekepe.

Nul Vice-chan­cel­lor Pro­fes­sor Nqosa Ma­hao

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