We woke up Tuesday morning with the news of President Cyril Ramaphosa paying his condolences to the victims of a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Turkey and Syria which has reportedly claimed over 2,600 lives and damaged both social and economic properties.
Good move by the President of South Africa. Paying such condolences obviously means a lot for the diplomacy of RSA and the affected countries, but, what about the disaster that happens on an hourly basis right at home, the senseless killing of women by boyfriends and husbands?
Is the brainless killing of our sisters, mothers, aunties and wives not deserving of the President’s attention? Ramaphosa’s body language is almost making it look like the brutal killing of South African women has been normalized.
For a second, think about the pains these women go through while being strangled or stabbed with a knife, panga or spade before finally losing breath. The pains of knowing they are dying in the hands of those who once professed love to them.
Think about the pains the 18-year-old lady who was allowed to breastfeed her newborn baby before being raped went through at the hands of the monsters who perpetrated the crime.
The lives that were reportedly lost in Turkey and Syria are sacred but not more sacred than that of the TUT student, Ntokozo Xaba who was gruesomely murdered by her boyfriend as reported, it is not more sacred than the 7-year-old who was killed by a drunk police officer, neither is it more sacred than that of Tinny Nkgudi whose husband brutally murdered with a spade.
And, if these few cases that happened in South Africa recently are truly not less sacred, then it deserves at least the attention of the President.
Let us see where the president in clear words condemns these killings, sends condolence to the bereaved families of the victims and then promises to bring the criminals to face the full wrath of the law.
May I also ask, what exactly is wrong with bringing capital punishment? Enacting such a law will scare those who take the lives of other people because they will know that their own lives will be taken.
Capital punishment will not be for people who accidentally caused the death of other people, it should be reserved for those who the court of competent jurisdiction found guilty of intentionally murdering other people…mainly with weapons.
Until such a hash law is introduced the blood bath going on in RSA may have only begun.
I just wanted to make common sense!
This article is the thought and opinions of Neo Tau and not the position of SurgeZirc SA.