"SIR, please chastise those who do wrong and shower unending praise on those who are prepared to do the right thing," I pleaded with the late principal Rampomane at KwaMahlobo Secondary School.
The bone of contention and the source of my agitation was the fact that every morning the principal would go on about late coming when the majority were already at assembly.
In other words, our learned principal was preaching to the converted when it was obvious that the culprits would never get the hour-long tongue-lashing on a daily basis.
Therefore, the same principle applies to those multitudes of people living with HIV. The majority of these infected individuals are exceptional South Africans who are determined to protect and prevent the spread of this infection.
These are men and women who have rolled up their sleeves and willingly put their battered shoulders behind the wheel, they legitimately work their socks off to feed their starving families. These responsible individuals are doing their utmost best for their siblings and, most importantly, they are saving the state billions by providing for themselves. Let us encourage and shower praises where and when it is deserved.
On the other corrupt hand, there are few rotten potatoes who abuse their health status by claiming social grants, seeking pity by running around cap in hand begging. Some of these parasites even use their children's state grants to buy alcohol, they gamble and they perpetuate all sorts of social ills that exacerbate their condition.
These opportunistic nincompoops must be exposed and arrested. These are psychopaths who are on a self-defeatist mission to defy the reality that living with HIV is not a disability.
Through the efforts and sacrifices of powerful organisations such as the National Association of People Living with HIV-Aids, the Treatment Action Campaign and other individual role players, we have shown unequivocally that living with HIV is as normal as living with high blood pressure, diabetes and other chronic ailments that can be managed.
Why is it that we continue to focus on the few ill-advised and self-destructive people who have shown no commitment either to themselves, their families nor to the general wellbeing of all our people in this country?