Home is where the heartache is in a coun­try of vi­o­lence

Sunday World - - Opinion -

THERE is no peace on our streets.

Work­ing par­ents’ roar­ing hours of in­dus­try are haunted by thoughts of re­turn­ing back home to hear of chil­dren miss­ing, mowed down by crazed mo­torists’ drag-rac­ing car an­tics on pub­lic roads or kid­napped by strangers, if not last seen in the com­pany of known peo­ple from whom no harm was ex­pected. Homes are in tur­moil. The one be­long­ing to a Springs man who al­legedly held his fam­ily cap­tive for nearly a decade in a House of Hor­rors” is a case in point.

Lives are lost at the hands of in­ti­mate part­ners, as are those of chil­dren. It is as if so­ci­ety op­er­ates un­der or­ders of heart­less bul­lies who live soul­less lives, sus­tained by cold-blooded urges spurring de­monic pulses in their veins to com­mit mind­less acts.

The dis­con­so­late are left be­liev­ing the tri­als, con­vic­tions and in­car­cer­a­tion of un­con­scionable per­pe­tra­tors are as pearls to swine.

The law-abid­ing are los­ing faith in the jus­tice sys­tem. More are begin­ning to doubt that the pub­lic is be­ing served in the im­pris­on­ment of such beastly preda­tors. Mob jus­tice is men­ac­ingly rear­ing its mon­strous head. And the pos­si­bil­ity of the in­no­cent be­ing brought down by the sword of in­stant jus­tice should not be dis­counted. Child af­ter child is killed. Four-year old Tae­grin Mor­ris was fa­tally dragged be­hind his par­ents’ hi­jacked car for sev­eral kilo­me­tres.

Three-year-old Luke Tib­betts died af­ter a bul­let struck his head dur­ing a shootout.

Within days of these boys’ killings, the burnt body of three-yearold Cuburne van Wyk was found on a mine dump.

Mind you, 2014 marks the 20th an­niver­sary of our democ­racy.

The on­slaught on chil­dren reached fever pitch in the month ded­i­cated to women.

Since Tae­grin’s death, Gaut­eng Pre­mier David Makhura has been shut­tling from one be­reaved fam­ily to another to de­liver con­do­lences to de­ceased chil­dren’s fam­i­lies.

This places an un­sus­tain­able moral dilemma on Makhura’s shoul­ders.

The mea­sure of the govern­ment’s re­sponse to child killings will soon be equated to Makhura’s un­fail­ing vis­its to griev­ing fam­i­lies.

Fail­ure to con­sis­tently do the same to the rest of griev­ing fam­i­lies would in­evitably place Makhura in the in­vid­i­ous po­si­tion of be­ing a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of a govern­ment that does not care.

A car­ing govern­ment would en­sure that happy chil­dren are play­ing in our streets and peace­ful homes are found in laugh­ter, not tears.

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