Open letter to South Africa’s students‚ universities and government‚ represented by Minister in the .
The recent murder of one of our most loved artists, Taliep Petersen, has sent shock waves through the country. This tragic incident has highlighted, yet again, the impotence of the ministry of safety and security to rid South Africa of crime, violence and drugs.
The killings, assaults and drug trafficking that have become synonymous with South Africa are not the image we wish to display.
Crime is so bad that it not only scares foreigners from returning to our beautiful land, but citizens too. We are in the process of growing and the high crime rate hampers our growth. It scares off potential investors, it scares away tourists and it has a detrimental effect on all our people. Crime costs many innocent people their lives and orphans innocent children.
Before we can even attempt to tackle issues such as drugs and crime, we must first tackle police corruption. We fought long and hard to rid ourselves of apartheid, only to land in corruption.
It is a fact that greed and corruption will put you in jail. SAPS, the ministry and the government must seriously sit and think, long, hard and fast. 2010 is around the corner. Let us not spoil the basket of apples with a few rotten ones.
Please, Mr President, our children long for a brighter future, our parents long for a safe one. Me, I just long to have a future.
Mariam Salie, Cape Town