Part 2: God didn’t and don’t hurt us, but people did and do.

Martin Luther King Jr once said that our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. Like I mentioned also last week, we cannot sit back and relax when women and children murders continue unabated. In the same vein, I cannot sit in silence when xenophobic attacks started to rear its ugly head again.

I strongly believe that all violence is the result of people tricking themselves into believing that their pain derives from other people and that, consequently, those people deserve to be punished.

We can blame poverty, unemployment and so on, for the reasons of such violence in the country. However, are we directing our anger and frustrations to the right things, people or situations? If yes, how so? If not, where and who should we correctly direct it to?

One Analyst, last week, summarised everything perfectly  and to the point when she said until such time we face the truth or reality of the situation, we will never win these fight.

“People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they do not know each other; they do not know each other because they have not communicated with each other.”

In a futile attempt to erase our past, we deprive the community of our healing gift. If we conceal our wounds out of fear and shame, our inner darkness can neither be illuminated nor become a light for others.

As we mourn those six women who lost their lives in the Free State, last week alone, let us make our voices heard that xenophobic attacks, Gender Based Violence and murders, do not have places in our society.

Let us not use any platforms for political gains, grand standing, self serving opportunities to ressurect dead or ailing political careers or population, but rather; use them to send clear message, with action and good purpose; that this situations cannot continue under our watch.

Harassment, sexual violence, sexual harassment, gender-based violence and racism, are all acts committed by a person who in fact has no self respect. Respect yourself by respecting others.

Self respect by definition, is a confidence and pride in knowing that your behaviour is both honourable and dignified. When you harass or vilify someone, you not only disrespect them, but yourself also.

We should stand un unison, with one voice, one action plan and say NO to violence, intimidation and murders. Enough is Enough.

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Until next week Tuesday, bye-bye for now.

Yours Truly
Tshepo Ishmael Phetoane