Just five days into the yearly 16 Days of Activism campaign and the media is awash with horror stories about the abuse of women and children.
Though there is no doubt that the campaign has raised awareness about the issue of abuse, it seems that it has failed to prevent more horrendous cases of abuse being reported every year.
The latest story is that of a young man in Mpumalanga who allegedly beat his mother to death just because she had not cooked supper for his father. In our culture, a son laying a hand on his mother, or any elder for that matter, used to be unheard of. In fact, it was taboo.
How have we come to this? Why are the levels of violence not falling, despite the concerted efforts to educate the nation about abuse?
We seem to have discarded the values, moral and cultural, that shaped individuals and whole communities, and dictated how we should relate to each other and to those around us.
But it's not too late to return to those old values. A national moral regeneration of the soul would get us back on track.
It's everyone's responsibility to ensure that our women and children are safe, every day of the year, not just during the 16 days set aside by the government.
Parents have to provide guidance to their children. When they fail to do so they are doing our country a huge disservice.