Lawlessness, ill-discipline criple Lesotho
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