Re­wards will help bring in those in­volved in rit­ual killings

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Miye­lani Hlung­wani

MANY years ago, our grand­moth­ers and fa­thers grew up sleep­ing out­side be­cause they loved and trusted each other; but, nowa­days, we can’t be­cause we can be killed and mu­ti­lated – not by an­i­mals, but by peo­ple sur­round­ing us.

Chil­dren no longer play safely in our com­mu­ni­ties. It seems as if the moral that “any child is our child” is gone and for­got­ten in our com­mu­ni­ties.

Who­ever said that when you kill some­one and sell his/her body parts you will be­come rich, is de­stroy­ing our com­mu­ni­ties rapidly. It is time to wake up and smell the cof­fee. In a short space of time:

What wor­ries me the most is that po­lice are fail­ing to ar­rest per­pe­tra­tors be­cause they are not will­ing to is­sue as lit­tle as R1 000 re­ward to some­one who can come up with valu­able in­for­ma­tion that can lead to the ar­rest of these crim­i­nals.

But if one of the above-mentioned de­ceased was a daugh­ter/ son of a mayor, trust me, a re­ward of up to R100 000 would be is­sued by now for any in­for­ma­tion that could lead to the ar­rest of sus­pects who mu­ti­lated him/her.

Peo­ple who are do­ing this live with us in our com­mu­ni­ties and some­one knows them. I think money can mo­ti­vate them to re­veal ev­ery­thing. Jus­tice must pre­vail. We hope that one day, chil­dren will grow up to be ed­u­cated and help to de­velop our com­mu­ni­ties.

It’s very un­for­tu­nate that, even in 2017, we have to still talk about the rit­ual killings or muti killings, which is un­ac­cept­able. There is no way that a hu­man body part can as­sist any­body to be­come rich or to be suc­cess­ful in busi­ness. The be­lief that hu­man body parts are po­tent medicine, and can also bring about for­tune, is sus­pected to be driv­ing the killings.

I call on all tra­di­tional heal­ers who are in­volved in rit­ual killings to re­frain from such acts. If you can’t find a proper way of heal­ing our peo­ple, you bet­ter quit as soon as pos­si­ble be­cause we are no longer go­ing to live in a so­ci­ety where ev­ery month we bury our loved ones found mu­ti­lated.

This is a se­ri­ous is­sue which doesn’t de­serve to be swept un­der the car­pet. If the gov­ern­ment and peo­ple in gen­eral con­tinue to re­lax and fold their arms, this syn­di­cate is go­ing to in­ten­sify, es­pe­cially in Lim­popo.

No way a hu­man body part can make you rich

Mukhomi Vil­lage

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