There is nothing which grates my nerves more than seeing the injustice of the World around me, and not yet being in the position to actively do something about it, for example, being able to strip someone of his human rights when he performs an act of barbarism like violently assaulting, raping or murdering someone.
Earlier this week was one of those days which really tested my faith in humanity.
This is South Africa, and being a “First World Country” on a Third World continent has it’s challenges. Especially when the minority subjugated the the majority and treated the majority as second class citizens in their own country.
The relevance of this statement comes into play in modern South Africa where most days, you won’t have to search through a paper to find an article about some sort of violent crime which has taken place. Most of these cases involve the majority of South Africans, yes, the black South Africans, and it is not because they are sub-standard people, but because of the failure which was Apartheid, which only got amplified by the failure of our current ANC led Government to address these issues for various reasons.
The majority of the South African prison populace are black, and as I stated before, not because they are bad people by default, but because the system created an environment for them to fail. The system has successfully created people who don’t value human life. The so called Justice System and our very own progressive Constitution has failed us!
The reason I say this is because a human life in South Africa is worth less than R10, and our so called progressive Constitution hampers our Justice System from actually being effective and deterring such negative and inefficient criminal social behavior.
These broken people of our society are shoved into our already crumbling correctional services facilities which are overpopulated, under staffed and rife with corruption, just to be victims themselves again of another sub-section of the system which put them there in the first place.
Well, these are the normal people of South Africa I am talking about. The “have not’s”, because if you are part of the few in South Africa who are financially well endowed, politically connected or some sort of a celebrity it seems that the normal Status Quo spares your from these horrors.
In 2009 South Africa ranked ninth in the World in terms of prison population with an astounding 160 000 inmates in 237 active correctional centres which was build to only facilitate 114 822 people.
While we struggle with overcrowding like this for the “normal” man on street, it seems, that when you are Oscar Pistorius or Radovan Krejcir that life on the inside is all but cramped and boring.
Today an article was release along with a video of the odd jailbird couple playing soccer and having enough space on their own. It seems, that young Oscar has special needs because of his condition and that he can’t really walk around on his prosthetic legs and needs a wheelchair, hence he was moved into a section of the prison where only he and Radovan are kept, or should I maybe rather say entertained.
Once again, the “Have’s” has given the middle finger salute to the “have not’s” by clearly making a distinction between the way they get punished, and the way the “have not’s” get punished in jail.
The fact of the matter remains that both these men are killers in their own right, and they are enjoying a “day a the spa” compared to those other killers who didn’t have the luxury of fancy high paying lawyers to fight their cases on their behalves.
Where is the justice in something like this? How much does “justice” cost, and is the only requirement to “find” justice a big fat cheque book?
I really feel pity for the people of our country suffering under this injustice, because it creates the perception that if you are wealthy and powerful that you can literally get away with murder, like for example, the “water tight case” against Shrien Dewani which in the end saw South Africans end up in this overcrowded broken system and Shrien walking away a free man.
This also creates the perception by the political elite who are financially well set that they are immune to criminal prosecution, well, if you have enough money and power of course, just ask our President Zuma and his ex-financial advisory, the terminally ill Shabir Sheik who is most likely enjoyed a round of golf today.
It really gutted me, seeing Oscar and Radovan so casually enjoying their game of soccer while there are so many other men stuck in over crowded community cells where there is no privacy and where rape and violent assault is common.
For me personally, there is no justice in such a system, and I hope that my fellow South Africans will come to see this, and how deeply something like this impacts the mindset of an already broken people.
Fight against injustice where ever you see it, never stay quiet