Time does not sleep for the wicked and cold-blooded

The New Age (KwaZulu-Natal) - - Sport - Jo-Man­gal­iso Mdhlela is a man of God

Armed ban­dits last week held up leg­endary Com­rades Marathon ath­lete Bruce Fordyce, rob­bing him of his run­ning shoes and watch.

What does this mean for so­ci­ety? We know Fordyce was psy­cho­log­i­cally and phys­i­cally scarred. We also know that we live in a coun­try where crime is rife and, as a mat­ter of fact, we are rated as one of the most vi­o­lent coun­tries in the world.

Even if we tried hard to be loyal cit­i­zens and de­nied this claim, and close our eyes to all re­al­ity, we can­not succeed be­cause the sta­tis­tics bear this out not as an as­ser­tion but as a cold, undis­puted fact to be dealt with by all of us.

My own brother was killed 100m from our home in Katle­hong on the East Rand by cold-blooded mur­der­ers who lurked among the trees to set­tle what­ever score there was.

As he parked his car near the gate­way of his home, the evil men opened fire and within sec­onds snuffed out his young life.

To this day, they have never been pros­e­cuted, and are prob­a­bly walk­ing the streets of South Africa, not even think­ing an iota about the life they took away, only mo­ti­vated by evil thoughts and un­couth­ness of their minds. Fordyce was lucky. He es­caped be­ing killed. Th­ese men and women have no re­spect for an­other per­son’s life. They think only of their own well­be­ing. Now if we think about it ra­tion­ally, what kind of right think­ing per­son, driv­ing a car, would take the trou­ble of slow­ing down, al­low­ing one or more of the oc­cu­pants to jump out to rob an ath­lete of his old and bat­tered shoes? Baf­fles the mind.

That this could hap­pen at the crack of dawn is not sur­pris­ing. For evil men and women, time is of less im­por­tance.

The hood­lums want op­por­tu­ni­ties to strike and pin down un­sus­pect­ing vic­tims and to dis­ap­pear into the dark­ness of bushes un­de­tected.

They are cal­lous. They are prod­ucts of a bruised so­ci­ety whose moth­ers and fa­thers and sib­lings may have long stopped look­ing for em­ploy­ment. In a warped think­ing, they be­lieve be­cause they suf­fer un­em­ploy­ment, they have the right to way­lay oth­ers, as they did to Fordyce.

Maybe if you want to make light of this ugly act, you may for your own san­ity at­tribute this rob­bery of Fordyce to “white cap­i­tal mo­nop­oly”.

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