January 19, 2014 in Current Affairs
The biggest component of South Africa’s Gross National Product – and undoubtedly the Grossest - is crime. It permeates society, from corruption at all levels of government from the presidency down, to businesses following increasingly unethical practices, to the rampant drug dealing and crimes of extreme violence committed frequently while under the influence of these drugs.
In a climate where not even the rules of the road have any effective enforcement, it is no wonder that the country has become the happy hunting ground of international criminals, who add their efforts to those of the thriving local lawbreaking community – and very often take charge of them, in a bizarre new form of colonialism.
The result of ever-increasing news of embezzlement, theft, violence and general mayhem has been a sort of immunisation process whereby they are taken as normal and just shrugged off. It is accepted that the police are corrupt, inefficient, or overworked to the extent of inadequacy, and that the judiciary are there to undo any successes they may have with catching criminals by releasing them again for no apparent reason (the actual reason probably being bribes).
Every now and again a community which has had more than enough boils over and tenderises, shreds or incinerates a perpetrator – which evinces shocked horror from the authorities but no remedial action. Mostly, however, society is growing to accept the situation as normal and people simply retreat into ‘I’m all right, Jack,’ mode – until they aren’t. Then their squeals go unheard, and the only option for victims of all races is to look for a Perth to pack for.
If you look at the situation quite dispassionately, it is utterly chronic, and on the brink of total anarchy. How many other world crime hotspots, or even war zones, have quite the same numbers of victims?
Can anything be done about it?
Of course; but only if the climate of apathy and acceptance is swept aside. Hopefully, there are still sufficient law abiding folk remaining to overcome the criminal element if they decide as one that enough is enough, and all put individual effort into the war. This scenario is, alas, about as likely as water flowing uphill. Still, one can dream.
© Colonialist January 2014 (blogs24)