Last week I received an MMS containing the image on the left.
According to the text in the MMS this is a photo of the brutally beaten body of former AWB leader Eugene Terre'blance who was murdered in his home on his farm... you all know the story by now.
If not Google it.
This MMS campaign asks of me to forward it to as many people as I possibly can in order for them to see what has been done, so that they can WAKE UP.
I fail to see the reason in me sending out an MMS so that people can wake up.
South Africans are awake
I have no idea whether this image is authentic or not. What I do know and believe is that who ever started the MMS campaign, clearly isn't awake.
Crime in South Africa affects all of us on some level. Others more on a personal level since they are the physical victims of it. Most of us experience it second-hand due to a family member or a friend who was a victim.
Thanks to constant reporting via various forms of media we are reminded on a daily basis that crime is alive and well in South Africa. To a certain degree we might be accustomed to it more than we should be but to believe for one second that we are not AWAKE...?
Creation of racial tension
The fact that ET was the leader of the AWB and that the suspects of the crime are black already creates racial tension.
But none of the whites I have spoken to feel it does.
Almost every Afrikaans speaking white person I have spoken to regarding the matter at hand have the same convictions I have to a degree. A white guy was murdered on his farm. In townships the very same thing happens from time to time. It is sad but it is also a reality of life in general.
I have never before received an MMS showing the body of any other farmer killed in his house. I have never received an MMS of any black, colored or Indian South African who was senselessly killed.
Still it happens.
Now because ET was white and the leader of the AWB I should care and WAKE UP?
What I do care about
I care about the fact that this happens to other South African families more than it should. I care about the fact that the SAPS is doing the best they can with the limited resources at their disposal.
I care about the fact that in Brits, whites and blacks marched to their local police station not in protest, but to go and tell them(the local SAPS) that as a COMMUNITY they want to give a helping hand in the fight against crime.
They didn't go to a studio to record a cover song. They are physically contributing to the fight against crime.
But I do not care for this MMS and I will not adhere to your call to wake up. I will not be part of this racial agenda. I will not be defined by your Julius Malema's and your Eugene Terre'blance's. We as South Africans have a clear vision of what is right and what is wrong.
This murder, as so many other murders in South Africa, was wrong no matter who ET was.
Sadly, your MMS is also wrong. WAKE UP