PUT DOWN YOUR PHONE
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