I Love My Country!
The other day while watching the news on Sky I had to hang my head in shame. It showed footage of mob justice in Soweto. My domestic goddess was watching with me, and she told me that this happens often in Lwandle where she lives. I am so proud to be South African, and I love my country, but this awful state of affairs makes me sick. We have poverty levels beyond belief, and despite being such a successful democracy, neighbours won’t help each other in times of need. People are starving and resort to stealing. These thieves are then beaten up by the people of the community who are sick and tired of all the crime they have to endure. Rapists are often beaten to death, and whereas I think they might indeed deserve the death penalty for raping children, I don’t believe this is up to the people in their society to decide. But, we do not have an effective policing system here, many of our police themselves commit criminal offences. We have bred a corrupt society, and most people have no respect for the law. I am ashamed to hear of a policeman raping a homeless man who sought shelter from the rain. I am sick of hearing of children being raped and people burnt. It is as if we have not moved on from an era where necklacing happened daily. I am saddened that we cannot get together and help each other. My maid tells me of hiding when the community is doling out their punishment in the form of mob justice , but she should not ever have to be in that situation. I can only hope that we can start a top down revolution where the people in charge lead with integrity, and criminals are punished by the law for their actions. I can only hope that by punishing those who transgress, that crime abates. Today, I hang my head in shame for loving my country.
Sorry, no foodie post or recipe today! My blog will be moving to wordpress.org on Friday, and hopefully this will be done without a glitch. My PlayBook is due back on Friday as well, which means everything will be back to normal on Monday.
15 thoughts on “I Love My Country! South Africa”
Thank you! This was a very tough post to publish 🙂
I can’t say I understand completely since I have never lived in your situation but going by India, it is hard to understand why a beautiful nation cannot realise its full potential!
Your patriotic nature is something to be proud of 🙂
Choc Chip Uru
thank you CCU – very wise words!
It’s important that people like you say these things. Maybe the power of social networking will have some effect on change.
I can only hope so Roger 🙂
You speak straight from the heart, Tandy. I’m sure most of us so agree with your sentiments, and whilst we hope for a better future for this beautiful country, it’s not looking promising. xx
I don’t want to be the one who has my head in the sand, but I remain hopeful 🙂
It is so sad when your own country is in such a bad shape and injustice reigns. I had the pleasure to visit your country in the 80ies and witnessed the budding hope, as long as there is hope there are also chances and opportunities, my wish for you and your compatriots is to never ever give up hope. Thank you for sharing a very thoughtful and touching post.
it is so true, we all need hope 🙂
Every society has suffered injustice in some shape or form. What is most sad is that despite this, it continues to happen everywhere all over the world, every day. However, just by highlighting what you feel and sharing it with others, I do believe you are helping overcome these injustices in your own way. Don’t lose hope. My thoughts are with you.
Thanks so much! I will never lose hope as this is the most beautiful country to live in 🙂
I do believe if we remove corruption we will be instantly better off Tandy – I am ever hopeful!
I too am ever hopeful 🙂