It took courage

The Star Early Edition - - OPINION & ANALYSIS -

THE re­lease of Molemo “Jub-Jub” Maaro­hanye and Themba Tsha­bal­ala on pa­role last week has scraped the scabs off their vic­tims’ fam­i­lies’ heal­ing wounds.

But some fam­i­lies have for­given, per­haps re­mem­ber­ing Amer­i­can poet and au­thor Maya Angelou’s quote: “Bit­ter­ness is like can­cer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.”

They have cho­sen to let go, and in their own words anger or un­for­give­ness won’t bring back Andile Mthombeni, Prince Mahube, Phome­lelo Masemola and Mlungisi Cwayi.

The four school­boys were killed on March 8, 2012, when Maaro­hanye and Tsha­bal­ala, high on drugs and ine­bri­ated, crashed into the youngsters while drag rac­ing their Mini Coop­ers in Protea North, Soweto.

Two of the boys’ friends, Fu­mani Mush­wana and Frank Mlambo, were left se­verely brain dam­aged.

It takes courage for one to lose a loved one in this man­ner and still for­give those who wronged them in the worst pos­si­ble way – rob­bing them of their most pre­cious things.

We can only hope that Maaro­hanye and Tsha­bal­ala don’t spit in their faces by go­ing back to their old habits.

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