The Gift Anene and Reeva Left Us
February 17, 2013 in uncategorized
Anene Booysen and Reeva Steenkamp came from very different worlds.
Anene dropped out of school in Grade 5 and worked at the construction yard where she was raped and murdered. She was a teen, just 17yrs old.
Reeva, at 30yrs old, had a law degree and was a successful model and was just starting a TV career.
For them Death was not just the cliche Great Equalizer.
In this South Africa with its great social economic divides, with the prevailing ‘us’ and ‘them’ attitudes still entrenched and the grand idea that development and upliftment are things that must done to the ignorant poor (people of colour) somewhere in the nether regions that the middle class and wealthy have nothing in common with, these two women declare the lie.
In death, and through their deaths, they speak to us.
Shall we hear them; accept their teachings?
Can we make Anene and Reeva the faces Femicide and Gender Violence?
Can we learn from them that Violence against women are Equal Opportunity Crimes?
Can we learn from them the critical importance of society, men and women across all strata, uniting against violence?
Divided we fall, divided we fail …
Knife or gun, bare hands or weapon, rich or poor, advantaged or disadvantaged, white or black, tiled floors or dirt- dead is dead
and the only reason their killers did it was that they believed that they could get away with it …
because so many other acts of abuse and violence were condoned by family, friends and society.