The world has gone mad

by Yolande du Plessis

I truly believe that the world is going mad. I was reading a news site the other morning and besides the “normal” stories of corruption, murder and other crimes, I came across two very disturbing articles.

The first was Boy, 7, ‘battered by Grade 1 classmates’. Now, what is wrong with that heading? Grade ones. What the hell is going on? A young boy of 7, grade one, was asked by the teacher to report noise-makers while she stepped out. When he reported the boys who had made noise, they viciously attacked him, damaging his liver, kidneys and spine. This boy will not be able to walk properly again. To make this even more bizarre, the teacher requested the boy’s family to amicably resolve the issue with the wrong-doers’ families. I ask you – amicably?

These boys need a good lashing. Six of the best. That will make them think twice about committing such an act again. With that I also believe that punishment in the form of community work would be good, but only after the lashings.

Now I know there are some of you who would think it child abuse, but it is not. Even government is attempting to put in place laws to prevent parents to give their children hidings. I say that is wrong. How will kids learn if they don’t feel the result of their actions? Sometimes, talking will not do the trick. We will be raising killers in our society if we take away the basic form of punishment, namely a good hiding when the occasion calls for it. And frankly, the occasion is screaming for those boys.

The other article, which could be seen as the possible result of not giving out hidings when they are due, is South African black jailed for raping and killing his own grandmother. Again I will ask: what is wrong with that sentence? Raping and killing his own grandmother, 92 years old. What in the world could this man have been thinking? Maybe if he had had a few hidings in his youth, he would not even have contemplated such an act. Now the question is: how long will he actually spend in jail for his life sentence? A few years and then he could be released on parole. With board, lodgings, studies and DSTv paid for by our tax monies? Sounds like a fair punishment. Not!

This is where the old forms of punishment could make a good example of this criminal – and don’t think he is anything other than a criminal. How about the good old-fashioned cat o’ nine tails? Now that would make him think of his rape. And then the good old noose for the killing. Or firing squad, whatever is cheaper on us as tax payers.

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Yes, I am angry, but aren’t you? Why are we allowing these acts to be committed? Why are we not standing up and demanding – demanding being one of the things some people in this country have got down to a tee – these criminals to get their just punishment, instead of living off our monies that are suppose to help the poor and upgrade our roads, etc. I mean, if you take the amounts lost in corruption each year, then surely we should cut the head off somewhere. We pay for corruption, we pay for crimes, but we never see our hard-earned money go to those who truly need it. And don’t come with human rights to me. Human rights should only be applied to those who have not taken the human rights of others away. In my opinion you give up your human right when you have so outrageously disregarded the rights of another human being.

Think about it and see if you don’t feel the same… We can still try to make a difference in this country. We should just stand up and fight for what is right!

Yolande du Plessis is a blogger from Pretoria. Read her opinions here.