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SMART­PHONES are meant to make our lives sim­pler, but we of­ten abuse them. I re­mem­ber the days when we could bond over a fam­ily meal, but now ev­ery­one is SMSing, tweet­ing or fid­dling with their phones. Now we run to the near­est spaza shop and grab a kota or some other junk food as we’re al­ways too dis­tracted by our cell­phones. No won­der our kids are fac­ing an obe­sity cri­sis.

Con­ver­sa­tions are al­ways cut short and in­ter­rupted by cell­phones. Have you ever asked your­selves why we have such a high di­vorce rate? It’s be­cause cell­phones con­trib­ute to trust is­sues. Many road ac­ci­dents are caused by driv­ers who are dis­tracted by their phones.

At fu­ner­als where the mood should be som­bre, they’re re­duced to cir­cuses with peo­ple tak­ing videos of the cas­ket, the food and the cater­ing.

Can we be ap­pre­cia­tive of hav­ing the priv­i­lege of own­ing smart­phones in­stead of re­gret­ting hav­ing them? MCDIVETT KHUM­BU­LANI TSHEHLA, EMAIL

Read­ing “My daugh­ter is bro­ken” (2 Novem­ber) has left me with mixed feel­ings. While I’m happy that Brickz has fi­nally been con­victed and sen­tenced for rape, I won­der if his vic­tim will ever get over the rape or­deal and re­gain her con­fi­dence.

That she once at­tempted to com­mit sui­cide means she may be blam­ing her­self for what hap­pened to her.

She must un­dergo ther­apy to heal and learn that she did noth­ing wrong. The only thing she did was to trust her un­cle, who be­trayed her.

Brickz must just rot in jail. His sen­tenc­ing came at a mo­ment when child rape by trusted adults is rife in Mzansi.

His sen­tence should send a strong mes­sage to other rapists and would-be rapists that they will face the wrath of the law.

All men must raise their voices and con­demn rape. We need fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties to work to­gether to de­feat this scourge. EPHENIA KUBU, EMAIL

Sex­ual vi­o­lence against chil­dren has gone from bad to worse. My blood runs cold when I con­sider the fact that child rape statis­tics aren’t even a true re­flec­tion of this prob­lem. Too many girls are raped by men who are close to them and they never re­port the cases. This hap­pens be­cause these mon­sters threaten their young vic­tims with death.

Other rapists use fi­nan­cial power to sleep with un­der­age chil­dren, threat­en­ing to cut them off fi­nan­cially should they tell any­one about their evil se­cret.

How­ever, there is hope that this crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity can be de­feated. We still have many good men who are pro­tec­tors of women and chil­dren. They never take ad­van­tage of the vul­ner­a­ble mem­bers of so­ci­ety. To­gether with women, these gentlemen can play a role in show­ing the mon­sters how to be real men.

Re­spon­si­ble adults have a duty to en­cour­age chil­dren to re­port sex­ual of­fences. We must tell our chil­dren that they must never al­low any per­son to touch them in a way that makes them un­com­fort­able. M SEREPO, EMAIL

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