EN PASSANT

The Star Early Edition - - INTERNATIONAL - Michael Hugh Ling­wood Tom Mh­langa

THE FOL­LOW­ING in­trigu­ing para­graph ap­peared in an ed­i­to­rial of The Star on Tues­day, Au­gust 1:

“His (ANC chief whip, Jack­son Mthembu’s) sav­ing grace thus far has been MPs’ fear of the con­se­quences, the knowl­edge that peo­ple wouldn’t com­mit ca­reer sui­cide with the loss of all the perks that go with be­ing an MP – in­clud­ing a gen­er­ous salary –any more than tur­keys would vote for Christ­mas.”

My ini­tial re­sponse to this para­graph was one of cyn­i­cal agree­ment. “How true!” I said, but, I thought to my­self: “Was it al­ways cer­tain that tur­keys would never vote for Christ­mas?”

They would vote for Christ­mas if they were can­ni­bal tur­keys who en­joyed Christ­mas ev­ery day and wanted their Christ­mas to never end. Such ANC can­ni­bal tur­keys would on Tues­day most cer­tainly have voted with their leader, the largest ANC can­ni­bal turkey, Ja­cob Zuma, for the power to con­tinue de­vour­ing the car­cass of their coun­try. Jeppestown SOUTH Africa is in a mess. The crime against women and chil­dren makes one won­der whether this Women’s Month is worth cel­e­brat­ing. Last Fri­day, we woke up to more sad news: Another woman in KwaZulu-Na­tal was shot dead while do­ing laun­dry.

The ques­tion is what have we, as a peo­ple of this coun­try, be­come if we don’t take life se­ri­ously?

What is driv­ing peo­ple to com­mit such sense­less crimes against women and chil­dren? Are we so cursed that we see them as noth­ing but sub­hu­man? On top of th­ese, there are rapes and other forms of abuse di­rected to­wards them.

We have come a long way as a na­tion. Clearly the cam­paigns to stop this are not yield­ing any re­sults.

Law en­force­ment agencies need to act harshly against this bar­baric be­hav­iour. Enough is enough, and if it means the coun­try must em­ploy more than 5 mil­lion po­lice­men, so be it.

We are sick and tired of th­ese crim­i­nals. Braam­fontein

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