An un­demo­cratic ‘cul­ture’ of killing

Sunday Tribune - - NEWS&VIEWS -

WE HAVE once again wit­nessed the level of bru­tal­ity that is rife in the coun­try with the mur­ders of a taxi boss, his daugh­ter and two body­guards in Lady­smith.

When will our peo­ple learn to em­brace com­pe­ti­tion and tol­er­ate dif­fer­ing view­points with­out killing each other?

This method of “get­ting rid“of the com­pe­ti­tion has been go­ing on since King Shaka’s days, and it doesn’t look like chang­ing any time soon.

Imag­ine if we all adopted the same “cul­ture” and went around killing those with whom we dif­fer or are in com­pe­ti­tion!

It is sick­en­ing to think of the plan­ning that must go on to pur­posely ar­range mur­ders of po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents and taxi bosses by peo­ple who feel noth­ing for hu­man life as long as they can some­how ben­e­fit from their deeds.

One never hears of the ar­rest and con­vic­tion of those re­spon­si­ble, while our lead­ers call for stricter gun con­trols.

Do they hon­estly think that those hired for these killings use li­censed firearms and in­sert “hit­man” in the space for ap­pli­cant’s rea­son for the firearm ap­pli­ca­tion, and that this is then ap­proved?

Is this the “African way” of re­solv­ing dif­fer­ences? If so, are we sur­prised that the out­side world looks upon this coun­try as one of the crime cap­i­tals of the world? WADE WIL­LIAMS


Only justice can off­set bar­barism

I DON’T think I’ve read any­thing so hor­ren­dous and bar­baric as what Bokkie Pot­gi­eter suf­fered at the hands of an un­named at­tacker in Gluck­stadt.

Why cut out his tongue, his eyes, his nose? What type of beast does this? I do not know how the fam­ily will ever be able to live with this mem­ory. It is too ter­ri­ble for words.

Mem­bers of the com­mu­nity got hold of the at­tacker and as­saulted him un­til he died.

This was mob justice, and I would be sur­prised if any­one was charged. Does this not in­di­cate that we cit­i­zens can no longer tol­er­ate this vi­o­lence? If the death penalty is not brought back and our voices are not heard, this mob vi­o­lence will be an on­go­ing oc­cur­rence.

Even as I say that, my deep­est sym­pa­thies go to his son, wife and other fam­ily; it doesn’t seem to be enough. Only justice for vic­tims of this type of crime, proper justice, will be enough.

NATALIE VAN DEN BLINK Via e-mail Re­spect each other’s cul­tures

WITH ref­er­ence to the let­ter from Dhay­alan Mood­ley, “Cel­e­brate Di­wali with deco­rum, no fire­works” (Sun­day Tri­bune, Novem­ber 5), I be­lieve his views are not shared by the vast ma­jor­ity of Hin­dus.

Di­wali is ob­served and cel­e­brated in both a re­li­gious and joy­ous man­ner. This hap­pens world­wide, even in coun­tries be­sides In­dia and its di­as­pora, in­clud­ing Aus­tralia, New Zealand, Kenya and Eng­land. .

One should avoid tak­ing a parochial stance against In­di­ans in gen­eral, and Hin­dus in par­tic­u­lar, who con­tinue to mark the oc­ca­sion as they have done for cen­turies.

Noise pol­lu­tion is man­i­fest all over the world. Even na­ture, with its thun­der and light­ning, fright­ens an­i­mals, birds and other crea­tures.

Mood­ley’s com­ment about fire­works mer­chants who sup­port the use of fire­works be­cause of pe­cu­niary in­ter­ests and who rake in mil­lions of rand by sell­ing fire­works shows his bias against In­dian busi­ness peo­ple.

One also senses jeal­ousy.

Just as we ac­cept the costs associated with the slaugh­ter of tur­keys dur­ing Christ­mas and splurg­ing on al­co­holic bev­er­ages at great cost in or­der to en­joy the fes­tive oc­ca­sion, sim­i­larly, peo­ple of dif­fer­ent faiths have their own cul­tural and re­li­gious ways of en­joy­ing them­selves.

There­fore, we need to be un­der­stand­ing, re­spect­ful and tol­er­ant of cul­tures which may be for­eign to us.



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