HANDS UP! YOUR CELLPHONE OR YOUR LIFE !


 

 

 

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You think I’m being overly dramatic?
No I’m not. Ask Eric, one of the gate guards who works at the Complex where I live. He’s finally back at work, after weeks in hospital and three surgical procedures to repair the stab wounds to his abdomen. He was attacked and robbed of his cellphone , en route home from his shift at our gate.

 
Despite the attack, and the ensuing medical dramas, he managed to survive. For which, let us be devoutly thankful.

 
Part of daily life in South Africa, I regret to say. South African crime statistics are jaw droppingly horrendous. I don’t even want to Google them, so I can back up this little piece of writing with solid fact. If my readers are interested they will have to do it themselves.

 
Years ago, driving the familiar route to the office, through a leafy suburb, I spotted a fresh wreath fixed to a street light pole. I was profoundly shocked when I discovered what the wreath was commemorating. A young student, in his late teens, walking home, was stabbed and killed for his cellphone. His family had fixed the wreath to the pole to mark the place where he died. Every time I subsequently saw the wreath, I was saddened. And that incident took place fifteen years ago.

 
In the interim, things have grown significantly more dangerous. Life in South Africa. And yet I continue to live here. I know the alternatives are either : work for change or go live elsewhere. Easier said than done, when you’re elderly

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3 responses to “HANDS UP! YOUR CELLPHONE OR YOUR LIFE !

  1. I hear you, Alison. 😦

    Soo sorry to hear about Eric. I hope he has fully recovered.

    I don’t want to google the local crime stats either; it’s too depressing and distressing, and leaves one feeling vulnerable, helpless and overwhelmed. I too have seen those wreaths and crosses dotted about our city; didn’t realise they aren’t just markers of car accidents but of crime too. 😦

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  2. I hope your ok Alison. It’s heart breaking hearing about what your going through in your country. Be safe. x

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  3. So sorry to hear about Eric, sadly its the times we live in. We live in the most beautiful part of the Africa, even the world, and crime is overwhelming. I too thought those wreaths were for car accidents.
    To stay safe, we must travel with eyes at the back of our heads as well.
    Too depressing to google the correct stats, South Africa I fear, has over won the award for crime by 20 fold

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