Some good ... some not

Diamond Fields Advertiser - - OPINION - Michelle cahill

LAST year was ex­actly the same … I’m just not feel­ing the spirit of Christ­mas. There is no Christ­mas tree up, there are no dec­o­ra­tions, no gifts un­der the trees, no tired Mariah Carey carols blar­ing out …

I think maybe it is be­cause it has been a long year. Ev­ery­body is tired. I don’t blame any­body for feel­ing tired … a lot has hap­pened this year. Some good … some not so good.

One of the big high­lights for me this year was when Pop­pie’s par­ents were handed life sen­tences. This lit­tle girl was al­lowed to suf­fer some of the most hor­rific abuse that not even an adult would be able to en­dure … un­til the fa­tal blow.

My big­gest hope was that we would have been able to learn some­thing from that, how­ever, it doesn’t seem to be the case. Many more of our lit­tle an­gels have suf­fered and died at the hands of evil mon­sters.

Then there is Melissa Kan­guya. Melissa tried to run from al­leged rapists. Her half-naked lit­tle body was found a week later.

In my hum­ble opin­ion, Mor­timer Saun­ders is one of those evil mon­sters. He was handed two life sen­tences for the rape and mur­der of lit­tle Court­ney Pi­eters. Saun­ders, who was a lodger in the Pi­eters’ home, was ar­rested af­ter Court­ney’s body was found on a rub­bish heap in Cape Town. She had been miss­ing for nine days. He had par­tic­i­pated in the search for her and sup­ported her fam­ily dur­ing vig­ils held to pray for the child’s safe re­turn.

In May, Saun­ders ad­mit­ted in the Western Cape High Court to mur­der­ing Court­ney.

In a state­ment, Saun­ders said that he killed the tod­dler by giv­ing her ant poi­son to drink be­cause of is­sues be­tween him­self and Court­ney’s mother. He said it was not his in­ten­tion to kill Court­ney and that he just wanted to make her ill. He was fur­ther ac­cused of rap­ing her body.

These sto­ries are a bit­ter pill to swal­low, how­ever, it hasn’t all been THAT bad.

Be­sides my Pop­pie high­light, there has also been some other good news … Banyana Banyana qual­i­fy­ing for the World Cup in June next year, the Proteas beat­ing Aus­tralia, fi­nally deal­ing with the land expropriat­ion bill, Sam Smith grac­ing our shores – even though I don’t think sell­ing my lit­tle Dat­sun will even pay for a ticket, but one of my big­gest high­lights was the re­cent story of the fam­ily that did some crowd­fund­ing to pay for the re­pairs on their do­mes­tic worker’s house.

That story re­ally touched me. A lot of us have heard the woe sto­ries from our do­mes­tics. One story I heard from some­one was that their do­mes­tic’s daugh­ter had died from HIV/AIDS. It didn’t, how­ever, end there. She man­aged to pass the disease on to her lit­tle daugh­ter. Now this lit­tle girl is not only deal­ing with not grow­ing up with a mother or fa­ther and liv­ing with HIV/AIDS but she has sub­se­quently got TB as well. Her grand­mother has to now take her al­most weekly to Robert Man­gal­iso Sobukwe Hospi­tal to re­ceive treat­ment.

Al­though the lit­tle girl’s grand­mother works her butt off to sup­port not only this lit­tle girl, but the rest of the fam­ily, it is highly un­likely they will have too much of a good time over the fes­tive pe­riod. Maybe some­one can think of crowd­fund­ing to help this fam­ily too.

No mat­ter how crappy I feel at this time, I know there are a lot of good things go­ing on and I think if I see more of it I might not be the old Grinch that I feel I am.

I am def­i­nitely go­ing to try and bring some cheer and joy to some­one and if we all do it, I think it will make for a much more won­der­ful time.

Merry Christ­mas, ev­ery­one!

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