I apologize in advance for the tone of this article. Please excuse me, for I'm really angry. You see, yesterday my girlfriend got hijacked, beaten in the face with a pistol, kidnapped and was forced to drive the hijackers around Johannesburg, before being robbed of all her employer's stock in the work van, and her handbag. Hijacking - yes, folks, an everyday reality of life in
I find it ironic that recently New Zealand recorded one murder during the previous year - that's right - ONE - and, to me at least, it is significant that this crime was committed by a South African immigrant! What does that say about South Africa?
I guess I should be "grateful" that she is alive, and was "only" hit in the face with a pistol - not raped (and infected with HIV), and murdered - as happens so often here. It could so easily have gone another way, particularly if they had tried to rape her, as she is trans and mid-way through her surgeries. Imagine what they would have done to her then?
As it is, she is now traumatized, terrified of cars and driving, and is probably going to be paranoid for a good while. She's a tough cookie - and for her to crack like that breaks my heart. That's not going to go away any time soon.
I suppose this is yet another risk we can add to the list of dangers facing gays, lesbians and trans-people in South Africa?
The people who did this are not victims, their actions are not excused by any form of political maneuvering, or anything that happened in the distant past. They are not to be pitied or shown compassion, or allowed to play the "race card" or the "formerly disadvantaged" card - here is the clue why - FORMERLY. They are just too bloody useless to work for a living like other people, full of hatred and violent tendencies and obviously, on some kind of power-trip. And who is going to stop people like this from reveling in their reign of terror ? The police? The same guys who for the most part, couldn't find their own asses with a GPS? The judiciary? The people who let hardened violent criminals out after a three-month state-paid holiday? I won't be holding my breath.
I begin to understand why certain communities in this country tire of the farce that is South African law-enforcement and justice, and take things into their own hands. Which is why, so often it is that thieves, rapists and murderers caught in the townships will never be repeat offenders. And no, it is not the right solution to the problem - but it sure feels good to know the streets are a little safer doesn't it? At least for a little while.
The police, judiciary, prison service and this wind-bag government of ours need to get their act together. 5FM DJ Gareth Cliff coined the right term for them - "barnacles" - because they cling on for the ride, stealing streamlining from the hull of the ship - but contribute absolutely nothing positive to it.
This makes me more determined than ever to go into politics. More of us who feel strongly about making this country (and the world) safe for all people to live in, should. The time for sitting on the sidelines is at an end.
I want to send a clear message to the guys who did this thing, and to those who live like them off the harm they do to others: Karma is a bitch, and so am I. Pray you are never delivered into my hands.