Vuka Mzansi! We have inkululeko, but what are we doing with it? We united as cultures to fight for it but now that we have it we’re fighting against each other. This culture is greater, and that surname is higher. As a result we’ve adopted an attitude of “caring for me and mine”. What happens to anyone else out there, is “none of my business or problem”. That’s why we let crime happen in front of our very eyes.
Whatever happened to Ubuntu?
Can you imagine a country where you don’t have to fear the police, your brother, uncle, or even husband for any kind of abuse? A country where it’s not only up to the Government to take care of the country but also up to you and I as citizens of the country.
I had the privilege of moving to a suburb when I turned 15 and it was so different from the township I moved from. It’s not so much the quite streets with barking dogs and tweeting birds that I love but the assured safety provided by the community that I really appreciate. In this neighbourhood – we hold community meetings at a hall, where we talk about a number of issues including clean yards, water usage for gardens, untamed dogs, excessively noisy parties, and safety. There is a roster that gets drawn up with volunteers’ names who will alternate per night and per week in keeping the neighbourhood safe by walking with flashlights, sjamboks and phones with ADT guards and reliable police on speed dial.
The Bible talks about the story of Ezekiel who had to rebuild the city wall of Jerusalem. It was a near impossible task and the only way it was accomplished in time was through the help of the community. Each family resolved to build the wall in front of their home.
It is our neighbourhood so it’s up to each of us to protect and care for it.
If we hope to decrease the crime statistics in this country we have to start with making changes in our homes and our streets. We have to start with the kind of children we’re raising, the kind of influence we have on them and the support we give. It still takes a community to raise a child.
ACTION: Knowing that this is a fellow citizen; it could happen to me too – Report all crime. Silence does not help.