Letters
Yesterday
MEN, YOU DON’T OWN WOMEN! South Africa is slowly becoming a dangerous place for women to live. Men have turned themselves into prowling predators who prey on and brutally attack innocent women. As responsible men, we need to change our macho mind-set and start treating women with the respect they deserve. Irresponsible husbands and boyfriends turn women’s lives into a living hell. I should think the ill-treatment and abuse of women is sparked by mere jealousy from the cellphone messages received by cheating lovers. Secret affairs are the little spark that can burn relationships to ashes. My suggestion to those in relationships is that no one should jump up to grab someone else’s ringing phone to answer or read their messages. Respect each other’s privacy. Some men abuse alcohol to try and drown their problems. The problem is that their overindulgence turns them into insane beasts in trousers who beat their spouses for no reason. Nowadays, it seems people don’t know the true meaning of love. As men, we cannot claim to love our women when we beat them like drums. True love doesn’t think evil about others. My fellow men, please stop slaughtering and abusing women because they don’t owe us anything. If you can’t relate or communicate with your spouse or lover in a proper manner, rather end the relationship peacefully than end someone’s life. If you can’t communicate well, you can seek help from a clinical psychologist who specialises in family problems. Together we can change our country into a paradise where love and peace share a throne. ¦ Amos Tebeila
Letters
Yesterday
WE MUST GO BACK TO OUR ROOTS!
As we celebrate Africa Month, let us remember who we are. Africans need to do a lot of introspection. We have lost not only our roots but our being which makes us Africans. Africans are an embodiment of ubuntu. My child is not just my child alone but has mothers and fathers in the community. My neighbour’s child is my child. I can discipline as well as build the child to become a better person as much as I do mine. It is said that Africa has the youngest population in the world. Recent events in our country make me sad for our youth. There has been a spate of murders among our young population. What will be left of this continent if we kill our own youths? Rise, African, rise!
Letters
Yesterday
LEADERS MUST SAY WHAT THEY MEAN
The campaign for the ANC presidency is in full swing. All the potential candidates have promised to eliminate and eradicate rampant corruption. We are at the half-way mark in 2017 and are in total political free fall. Our political leaders must realise that when you are in a leadership position, vision, integrity and compassion are immensely more important than the words they say. As leaders, they should be people of integrity. They should have the supreme responsibility to tell the truth and to mean what they say and to say what they mean, regardless of the outcome. Our political culture is increasingly being driven by muscle power. Our next generation of leaders has a unique responsibility. The next three years will be a severe and traumatic period for the community. The fear of crime and perceptions of social despair are widespread. The failure of the State and its public order and criminal justice institutions to respond adequately by providing protection and basic security is apparent. It could threaten democratic development. Our leaders must realise that excellent performance in serving other people is an absolute basic necessity for survival in today’s economy.
Letters
Yesterday
MOLEFE SHOULD BE CHARGED
If it’s true that Brian Molefe was on unpaid leave, he should have been subjected to a disciplinary hearing when he was sworn in as an MP. He should be charged with gross misconduct, insubordination, reckless behaviour and bringing the organisation into disrepute. These are serious offences which could result in his dismissal. Did Molefe make any disclosures and ­declarations pertaining to any conflict of interest whatsoever? I don’t understand why a person who’s medically fit was all of a sudden going on early retirement after getting a five-year employment contract from Eskom. On the other hand, he’s fit enough to be an MP.
Letters
Yesterday
WRITE DOWN YOUR GOALS AND GET BUSY
I am thrilled that students have been graduating since last month. Many young people are now qualified to pursue various careers and better their future. That’s really awesome! I feel inspired by this because without an educated youth our country will have no future leaders. Poverty strikes people without education because they have limited opportunities. Those who aim high stand a good chance of reaping positive rewards. Bear in mind that as individuals we have full responsibility for what we become in future. Dreams need to be attentively implemented to lead to results. You won’t reap sweet fruit if you do not plough and water the crop. Having sown your seeds is not enough. Implementation of your goals is an essential part of getting to your destination. We must wake up from our comfort zones and start turning our dreams into reality. No one else will do it for us. We should remember that no road to success is easy. Thorns, potholes and sharp corners are found along the journey. We must overcome these challenges through dedication, determination and discipline. I’m appealing to all South Africans, especially the youth, to write down their goals today. When do you want to reach these goals? How will you go about getting what you want? What are you doing to reach your desired destination? Never wait for tomorrow to come – the right time is today. Time wasted is never regained. Procrastination has ruined many people’s lives.
Letters
Yesterday
THUGS MUST FACE CONSEQUENCES
Alleged murderers and rapists, especially those against whom there is overwhelming evidence, should not be granted bail. I was shocked to hear recently that a murder suspect is doing everything in his power to stay out of jail. He’s made his bed, now he must lie in it. All of us are equipped with the mental capacity to distinguish between right and wrong. If you choose to do otherwise, you can’t expect to walk freely on the streets. A jail term is, in fact, not harsh enough a sentence for killers and rapists . . . They must be sentenced to death!
Letters
Yesterday
LIVE LIFE POSITIVELY!
The water in the ocean always finds a way to move forward even when there are rocks in the way. If we had the same attitude as the ocean, we would never have time to complain when we come across obstacles in our lives. Instead, look to the future and find a way forward. Life is not easy and no one said it would be. We will always come across negative people. These people will try to make us stray from our paths. Let’s ignore them and move forward. When days are dark and stormy, don’t throw in the towel, instead have a positive mind-set. There’s always sunshine after a storm.
Letters
Yesterday
SOME PASTORS SCAM PEOPLE
So many things have happened in churches recently. We’ve seen pastors feeding church members dangerous chemicals. Last weekend, a Zimbabwean pastor was filmed falsely pretending to be talking to God on the phone. Churches are used as a place for clowns, because those who do strange things have confidence that their congregants believe them. There are online scams on various social networks where pastors request people to type words such as “I receive” and “Amen” if they want to possess material things. Unemployment and desperation make it easy for pastors to play with people’s minds. It’s a pity that churches that should look after the vulnerable are now used as scams to rob people of their hard-earned money.
Letters
Yesterday
MASHEGO’S A GOOD EXAMPLE
Unemployment in the country is high, and the youth are most affected. The economy is not growing. The government has been missing its economic growth target for the past three years. We are in a state of decline. The government also adds to our economic problems because of its unwise decisions. For instance, the firing of Pravin Gordhan as finance minister and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas has affected the rand negatively. The country has also been downgraded to junk status, thanks to our leaders who lack vision. The big question is: what is the possible solution to the challenges facing the country? According to experts, entrepreneurship is the answer. This means the country needs to produce more entrepreneurs to tackle unemployment and grow the economy. But the challenge is that the country is producing fewer entrepreneurs. I recently met Lekale Mashego from Kagiso in Mogale City. Mashego told me that he bought a Pick n Pay franchise and resigned from his job to focus on the business. He is transforming Phenyo supermarket into a Pick n Pay, the first in Kagiso. He has worked for the retail giant for many years, serving in various positions. His venture will create jobs and contribute positively to the ailing economy. Mashego has a degree from Wits University and studied business management overseas. He has the necessary qualifications and experience to run his own business. It is encouraging and motivating to see a young man from the township taking a leap of faith and starting his business. This is a step in the right direction. Mashego is showing others that it is possible to do things for yourself. I’d like to wish him the best in his venture. ¦ Thabile Mange ) The story of Lekale Mashego is inspiring. We need more people like him. Our economy is not growing at an acceptable rate. If we had innovative and hard-working entrepreneurs, we could start looking at other ways of reducing the unemployment rate. This letter wins R200. Call Nthabiseng to collect. – Editor
Letters
Yesterday
WEAKNESS AT THE HEART OF ABUSE
It’s only a weak man who takes out his frustration on a woman by beating her up. It’s only a weak man who preys on young girls instead of praying for their safety. It’s only a weak man who believes he can violently abuse a woman just because he is married to her. A weak man doesn’t recognise the hurt he inflicts on a woman by calling her insulting names. A weak man uses culture to suppress the dreams of a woman who wants to accomplish things for herself. It’s only a weak man who fails to recognise the value and significance of a woman, even though he was raised by a mother. It’s only a weak man who takes advantage of another man’s daughter and still goes on to call himself a man among other men. It’s only a weak man who uses material things to lure young girls into his cage of sexual exploitation, knowing very well that they might not resist what he offers. Men, women’s vulnerability doesn’t mean they should be abused or treated badly. It’s time to man up and be a gatekeeper, a protector, a selfless provider, a motivator and a supporter of women. You should learn to treat women with respect. Enough is enough! Please stop the abuse of women and children. Christopher Mazibuko Soshanguve
Letters
Yesterday
TEACH KIDS ABOUT THE IDEA OF UBUNTU
Ghana’s first president, Kwame Nkrumah, once said: “I am not African because I was born in Africa but because Africa was born in me.” May is Africa Month and today we celebrate Africa Day under the theme: harnessing the demographic dividend through investments in the youth. We must therefore educate the youth about the importance of ubuntu. In light of celebrating Africa Month, we must strive to revive the spirit of ubuntu as the stronghold that has the capacity to hold us together. Ubuntu as a quality that includes the essential human virtues – compassion and humanity – must be the unifying factor in our quest to build a prosperous and united Africa. We must emphasise the truth that no one can do without a neighbour and no country can succeed in isolation. Instilling a sense of ubuntu in our kids will spare us from witnessing problems such as the xenophobic attacks and social ills affecting our country. It will also help us to resist the temptation of classifying people into different categories in a country where diversity is supposed to be our biggest strength.
Letters
Yesterday
ARMY SHOULD DEAL WITH GANGS
Gangsters in the northern areas of Port Elizabeth have become a threat to the country’s security. They have held the state and its citizens to ransom. It’s as if we are living in a country within another country. The gangsters have their own laws, they do as they please, and they seem to be getting away with it. They fear no one and kill each mercilessly. One need not hire or see a movie to witness shots flying in this part of the country. I believe the visible presence of soldiers is the only lasting solution.
Letters
Yesterday
SA ECONOMY FACES A BUMPY RIDE
South Africans see deadly service delivery protests, as well as marches against corruption and protests against brutal crime, daily. Are those in power listening to the plight of the masses? Our economic future is bleak as economic growth contracts. General Motors has decided to leave our country after 95 years. Stuttafords, a household name, is about to fold. Under these dire conditions, another international downgrade becomes a grim reality. The country is where it is now because the political system is self-perpetuating and no party is accountable to anyone except a small group of people that dominates all decisions. Going after individual cases of corruption will achieve little. Corruption is like the air we breathe. It has entered into every single phase of our lives.
Letters
Yesterday
SURELY RAMAPHOSA CAN DO MORE?
It’s annoying and opportunistic of Cyril Ramaphosa to keep commenting on the circus taking place in our country. He talks about corruption and state capture as if he was a helpless ordinary citizen. The truth is, he has been part of this madness from the beginning. Where was he when the Gupta plane landed at Waterkloof, or when state resources were looted, or during the Marikana massacre and the Nkandla scandal? These events didn’t happen overnight and yet he acts as if they are new. When people raised questions, he defended Zuma, all in the name of protecting the ANC and this rubbish called taking collective responsibility. Now that he wants to be president, he runs around telling us old news. These are things we’ve been saying over the years. The reality is that Ramaphosa can do something about the state capture report. He can appoint a commission of inquiry as recommended by former public protector Thuli Madonsela. It’s clear the president is not prepared to do so. The Constitution gives him that power as the deputy president. Has he raised it in the regular ANC NEC meetings he attends? I’ll only start taking him seriously when he starts taking responsibility. He must first apologise to Mzansi for failing us when we needed him the most. He must stop speaking in parables and start showing leadership. That’s the only way he can win people’s confidence again. To me, he will remain a coward and an opportunist.
Letters
3 days ago
PUNISH RHINO POACHING!
It’s high time that government started prosecuting rhino poachers effectively and punishing them severely. Poachers keep on killing the animals because they know they are unlikely to be caught. It’s clear there has been some success in protecting rhinos in some areas, especially the Kruger National Park and other game reserves in the country, but the kingpins continue to operate with impunity on many game farms and smaller reserves. The courts fail to successfully prosecute those arrested for high-level involvement in rhino poaching. The corruption, incompetence and leniency of the system must not be allowed to continue. I don’t know why people fail to understand that killing rhinos and trading their horns is a crime and illegal. Rhino poachers deserve to be sentenced and spend many years in prison. Our courts should start realising the negative impact poaching has, not only on wildlife, but also on an economy dependent on tourism. South Africa’s rhinos are in crisis. If we’re not careful, we will end up with no rhinos. Let us protect the rights of rhinos. Those involved in poaching must be punished. We must never forget that it is a growing threat to our wildlife. Let’s stand together as a proud nation and do something to stop poaching.
Letters
3 days ago
ONLINE RUMOURS DESTROY LIVES
Stop killing people on social media. It’s immoral and wrong to spread rumours about someone being dead while they arStop killing people on social media. It’s immoral and wrong to spread rumours about someone being dead while they are still alive. Spreading such rumours traumatises that person’s family. There’s no need to play with people’s emotions like that. There are websites which enjoy spreading these malicious rumours without doing their research first. Online journalists, please get your facts correct before publishing such damaging stories. Shame on those liars who continue to destroy people’s lives. Remember that negative rumours can leave permanent scars. People must be careful when posting things on social media. Let’s use it positively and constructively. Respect others when interacting online. We need to act fast to put an end to the lies being spread on the internet. e still alive.
Letters
3 days ago
WE MUST ROOT OUT CORRUPTION
Once again corruption is dominating the headlines but this time private individuals are involved. Students bribe their way into studying medicine and other health science courses. Considering the numerous cases where government officials are implicated in corrupt activities with a miniscule conviction rate, this case has been given lots of media attention. The Hawks have sprung into action to get to the root of the allegations of bribery and corruption. Even pressure groups like the medical school’s Progressive Youth Alliance are calling for the immediate removal of staff implicated in the scandal that rocked the University of KZN. At the heart of this problem is the quota system that limits students’ enrolment based on the basis of race. One wonders what the agenda or leverage political groups or even the Hawks acquire by giving these cases so much of prominence. This case broke last week yet newspapers still have it as their headlines. Murder cases are not even dealt with so much enthusiasm.Anybody who breaks the law needs to be prosecuted accordingly. Could this be an easy case to crack and probably be a feather in the cap of the Hawks? The files of many high profile cases remain unsolved and open. Selective prosecutions by government institutions will always come under scrutiny. The notion that everybody is equal before the law is being questioned. The politically connected are evading prosecutions as some cases do not even make it to court. Bribery and corruption has to be reduced. Perpetrators must face the consequences of their actions. Selective prosecutions will dent the credibility of the state thereby resulting in the citizens viewing them with suspicion. Let’s hope there is a speedy resolution to the selling of medical places saga. This should not end here.The whole system of quotas needs investigation or we will see no end to this type of corruption. As long as selections are biased and not based on meritocratic principles, there will always be people who will use this as an opportunity to exploit the prevailing trends for their own benefit.
Letters
3 days ago
SA SHOULD BRING BACK DEATH PENALTY
Dear, Mr President. I am writing this letter with a heavy heart. I’m speaking on behalf of millions of voiceless South Africans who seek your urgent intervention. President Jacob Zuma, you are the father of us all. Our beautiful women and young girls are being slaughtered like sheep. We’re even afraid to go out to the shops, visit our neighbours or to go to church. We are under severe attack by criminals who peddle drugs, kidnap, rape and kill. Is this what our forefathers and fallen struggle heroes fought and gave their lives for? The crime in the form of drugs and cold-blooded murders followed by setting bodies alight is sick. Mr President, we want you to urgently establish a task team to crack down on this scourge and arrest these criminals. In fact, Zuma must amend existing laws. We don’t need to talk anymore. Bringing back the death penalt y will solve the problem. This will prove to the nation that you care about us. Decisive punitive action must be taken as a clear signal that criminality will not be tolerated in our country. Criminals cannot be treated with kid gloves. They’re taking advantage of our beautiful women and sometimes too liberal laws. This is a country of law and order, not a banana republic.
Letters
3 days ago
CHURCHES COULD SAVE MZANSI
The South African Council of Churches is correct and should play an even bigger role, just as in the past. Every day, there’s increasing evidence that the state has been captured by a few corrupt elites, including the president. Father Michael Lapsley recently asked: “How can the CEO of brand South Africa fire his most competent ministers and leave intact at least two incompetent ministers, regardless of the consequences for the nation?” Churches have a role to play in the country. Mmusi Maimane, Reverend Frank Chikane, Reverend Kenneth Meshoe and all other political leaders should come together to hold the moral compass. Sefako Makgatho and Allan Boesak were theologians, and Boesak was a strong critic of Nationalist Party policies. After all, politicians such as Martin Luther King Jr, Walter Rubusana and Makhenkesi Stofile were also reverends.
Letters
3 days ago
PEOPLE SHOULD ASK WHY FIRMS ARE GOING
People will lose their jobs because of General Motors’ decision to pull out of South Africa. Just think of all those people who will be out of jobs. How will they find new work? It is regrettable to see the company leave. This is not good news for South Africa. A string of vehicle manufacturers have pulled out of South Africa over the past two years, including Citroen, Daihatsu and MG. One cannot blame these companies, because our current situation is not looking good. It’s clear that our downgrade resulted in the flight of capital as investor confidence has dropped. General Motors wouldn’t have disinvested if they still thought it made economic sense to be here. With these companies leaving, the tax base shrinks and less money is collected. How will government afford its radical economic transformation plan? Will it start paying salaries to workers who’ve lost their jobs? South Africans should think hard as many more companies will leave. We have so much political instability and so many strikes that investors look at other countries to generate higher profits and have fewer risks. Our people act without thinking of the consequences, thinking only of today and forgetting there’s a tomorrow.
Letters
3 days ago
ANC, CALL YOUR BULLIES TO ORDER
The ANC must control its youth league bullies. This is the youth league of the ANC, so they’re accountable to the party. The threats received by MP Makhosi Khoza, allegedly from the ANCYL in KZN, are cheap politics and very unfortunate. This irresponsible behaviour must be dealt with and only the ANC can do that. There is no explanation for such behaviour. Someone should drum some sense into the youth league to stop behaving as if they run the country while they take no interest in improving the lives of the youth. They should be assisting unemployed youth. They’ve failed to speak out about burning issues such as HIV/Aids, education and training, the economy and inflation. They don’t even speak when their own members are sent to jail for murder. What have they ever done for the youth? They march for issues that have nothing to do with the youth. I salute Khoza for her bravery in standing up and doing the right thing. We need more people like her.
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