We must get off our butts or live with the consequences of being a nation held to ransom by crime warlords.
The gut-wrenching story behind the murder of an 82-year-old man in front of his wife by four pupils and a friend is another red signal.
They broke into the deceased's house in Primrose, Ekurhuleni, and killed him.
These boys say it was a desperate attempt to raise R7000 to pay a drug baron.
Where are the police to stop these scumbags - drug lords who live in our communities and freely supply substances?
Where are the parents? Does nothing bother them when their sons and daughters are out when they are supposed to be studying or doing their homework?
Do they not ask questions when the little rascals sample expensive wares when they know they did not pay for them?
Come on, South Africa, it is our duty to help our ill-equipped, albeit corruption-riddled, police force.
We must no longer tolerate excuses. Unless we as communities stand up against rampaging criminality we will not see the results we hope for.
We are not agitating for street justice. We are merely calling on all to lend a hand against this scourge.
There must be no place to hide for those wanting to turn our kids into guttersnipes.