Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Crime suck the life out of us

Crime sucks !
What sucks more is our president, who doesnt give a damn ! I however are of the opinion that more is needed from us as civil society in terms of addressing the issue of violence and crime. There is for me more complex questions on the issues of reconcilation, the culture of violence, but also the deeper moral malaise that we find ourselves in. This seems to be for me a starting point for dealing with the scourge. I start to sound like oom Coenie...hmm

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Christina Landsman se droom

I read in Die Beeld that Christina Landsman is dreaming, like Martin Luther King (Jnr). She's dreaming of a church that build bridges in 2007. The article is your typical well-written academic type, clincial and correct. if you work at the University, then you are indeed required to write like this and to touch on the ( indeed hot !) issues she is touching on.. dreaming about the church, society, etc. I don't mind her dreaming, we all should dream more, I say. My wife however, allways remind me that we are not living in our dreams, our people are not living in our dreams. The church are just ordinary people, where our lives are not clinically and clearcut... where we live with uncomfortable compromises, with ambiguities, with mistakes and working class people -who are sacrifcing their time and money for the church ( for the Lord) well meaning, but (yes) also bigoted, cynical and sceptical people sometimes with leaders who have come through the ranks fighting their way up. Here we find dreams which are more messy and confused, less political correct because its about the unwanted electricity meters, by the council, about the ANC's coldness towards unsafe streets in coloured communities, communities that, like in apartheid, are left to rot in drugabuse at the mercy of druglords and merchants from the rich suburbs, connected to high police circles; the 24X7 shebeens where fathers sell their soul and girls their bodies. Maybe what we need is the embodiments of MLK struggling, marching, being humiliated in the streets, facing police brutality, jail ultimately death- because of his dream... a costly dream.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Back at the office

Good to be back at the Tswane hill, back at the piles of paper, unfinished projects, lining up for attention ! Ready, set, go !
I will be starting this year with a but of a different perspective. Last week I was caught in the middle of a bankrobbery, here in Florida, Joburg, got my shoes stolen in Stellenbosch, last month etc, etc. I however promised myself- I will not yield and succumb to these- I'll keep on struggling for peace and goodwill. I'm appalled and enraged at these idiot thugs, who seems to arrogantly break in our public and personal space and try to rob us of our dignity. I am impatient with the aloofness of Thabo Mbeki and his government at our plight. It seems as if we are left at the mercy of these violent thugs. Our president should appoint stronger, sharper ministers for the portfolios Safety and Security as well as Justice and Constitional development. Talking about Constitutional development- we need a revisit of the constitution of our country, which enshrine and protect our diginity and safety. Why should our suffering under lawlessness be the main content of our conversations ??? This is one area where it seems to me a lot of research and thinking has to go into. Which brings me back to the office. Lets start to work towards raising the levels of dignity and pride in our nation, build on concrete action against lawlessness, violence and criminality- we indeed can do better than this !