As the majority of South Africans sit in awe of the American Oscar Awards, discussing, like true movie moguls, the ins and outs of who suited what costume, who deserved what and why some so and so was not included in the nominees. For a few days our very own Oscar Pistorius has sat in court wondering about what has happened to him already and will happen to him in the future. Sides as usual are taken up quickly and many a debate can be heard over a couple of pints in the local pubs.
Good and well, however, this country’s citizens need to take stock every now and then of what else is happening in the news that might or might not affect them in their personal capacities.
The news has just broken that NERSA, (The National Energy Regulator of South Africa) has announced the 8 percent per year increase on electricity for the next five years. This when the majority of South Africans cannot afford the current prices and often do not pay their electricity bills anyway.
There is also a problem with the South African police forces, presuming they have control and behaving as unruly anarchists would whenever they please.
Point in case, the taxi driver from Mozambique who was tied to the back of a police vehicle and dragged around the streets of Daveyton, a suburb on the East Rand, (towns and cities east of central Johannesburg). The poor victim subsequently died in hospital and the police made the claim that he had been beaten up by others in the cell of a police station. Sorry for them, the police, a clever citizen filmed the scene. Do not hold your breath over a result coming forth quickly in this case as the policemen involved in the crime have not even been suspended. Here is the link to the video.
Finally we have the report of 64,000 rape cases being reported for the year 2012. How many rapes, the concerned citizen asks, went unreported? The Government and Lead SA (a venture started by radio stations and newspapers) have started working on a Stop Rape School Pledge, which began today and the first signatories were South African President,and the Minister for Basic Education Angie Motshekga.
Teach the children well, not only about rape and the consequences but also that is not acceptable in any community or religious belief system. Since we are presumed to still be the Rainbow Nation - The Democratic Light of the World - why are we top in the highest rape statistics in the world?
Will forcing school children to sign a 'Stop Rape School Pledge' make a difference, or will it be another act the government has supported in the hope of getting a few Oscars next year for parts well played?
While reported rapes happen approximately every 7.2 seconds of every hour of every day, what would be a safe statistic to be aiming at before we can truthfully feel that every man, woman and child in fair South Africa is safe from sexual attacks?
The South African Government is not taking the countries problems as seriously as they could and should. Human rights need to be respected by the government first before they can expect the people to follow in their footsteps.
Perpetrators of sexual crimes of any form and against any sex should be dealt with harshly. With luck, after a few examples have been made things should start to improve.
As for the police, they need to be pulled over the coals for the attitudes that the public are having to put up with. I, myself, have been called a stupid white bitch when I stopped to ask a traffic policemen the way to a shopping mall.
Life in South Africa is never boring and it is time to stop worrying about sport and famous folk falling off their pedestals and start looking at leaders in all sectors to set the examples that are so needed by all.