Point of Order #sona2020

Where once bad behaviour was considered a reflection of one’s poor character – they are now, somehow, being celebrated. The noble quest of building a country, leaving a legacy is long gone but now the bankrupt of a soul – self-greed and the love for one’s own pleasures are the rule of law.

Democracy is indeed a funny Karma as those who would have been considered delinquents at school, usually disciplined for their anti-social disgraced behaviour, have now returned to leading a minority party in our country’s highest office. 

Where once bad behaviour was considered a reflection of one’s poor character – they are now, somehow, being celebrated. The noble quest of building a country, leaving a legacy is long gone but now the bankrupt of a soul – self-greed and the love for one’s own pleasures are the rule of law.

We must call it what it is and not make light of the destructors of our children’s future, but teach our children that behaviour is short of someone, pointing to a direction everyone must follow. Alas that direction over a cliff. Stop laughing with them and start laughing at them for such behaviour are not for serious matters of parliament rather the behaviour of Mickey Mouse. 

The media glorifies these tendencies and they too need to realise the public are not interested in reading that sort of comics, for we are serious about South Africa’s future. 

“I want to become a drug dealer when I grow up”

What would you like to become when you grow up? A question we all heard when growing up – a question which expressed the ambition and expectations children once aspired towards. Doctors, lawyers and teachers were once some of the answers…. Sadly that is not what I heard yesterday. Several teenagers no more than 15 years old boldly expressed their desires to become drug dealers.

I was taken aback before enquiring why, and their response was, “it’s the money!”. We are living in a society which prizes money above the sanity of life. Who can we blame? The government, their parents or maybe their teachers? How far have we come away from the compass of morality? How far have we wandered outside of Eden that our kids can’t see true role-models anymore… How sad!

ABOUT REIGER PARK

Reiger Park is a coloured township situated in Boksburg in the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, Gauteng, South Africa. It was established as Stirtonville after the Second World War when people influxed from rural areas seeking work on the gold mines. In 1963, due to the apartheid government’s policy of separate development, the black people were moved to Vosloorus, the Indians to Actonville and the coloured people were left to stay in Stirtonville, then renamed to Reiger Park.

The locals have given their own unofficial names to the different areas of Reiger Park, for example Jerusalem (due to the many churches in that area), Excuse Me (due to the houses so close together that when you sneeze, your neighbour says bless you) and Popcorn (a new area developed in the 1990s with the houses popping up so fast that they were likened to popcorn). In 1997, the Popcorn area experienced violent rent boycotts; in 2008, it was one of the sites of violence during the anti-immigrant riots, beating and burning émigrés on streets described as “war zones”.