By Dishonourable Ember
A comment that hit me hard this weekend when someone said we are becoming so used to reports of rapes and murder that we simply shrug it off as just another one. But SEVEN rapes in one single week should have us all in a total spin!
What happened? How did
we, as society, become so uncaring?
Doesn' t it unpleasantly
touch our deepest humanity
when we dismiss the physical
rape and actual murder of a
young lady who could - perhaps
- have given birth to a future
teacher, a leader, a pastor
or even a minister of prime minister
Don't we care any more?
Are our men so sex-starved and
so utterly callous that they have
to go to such absolute extremes
to satisfy theirbase urges? Or
is it just another manifestation
of the male chauvinistic side of
African people in general and
Namibian males in particular?
Whatever, we as representatives
of the country's most popular and biggest party, have
an obligation to do something
about it. We cannot just wait that
the police or other law-enforcement
agencies to get the guilty
after the fact. We have to prevent
the vile act in the first place.
Thus, prevention rather than
cure. On the other hand, it is
probably safer for the culprits
if the police get hold of him first.
Were some of our women to get
hold of such a swine, he might
not come out of it alive or may
have had one or two parts of
his body removed - forcibly
Together with our mother's
milk many of our fine young
men were taught to respect,
girls, women, the female gender.
In some form or another,
this was reiterated time and time
again in our earliest teachings
by our elders, peers and other
teachers. Our very culture is
imbued with this respect.
Why did we forget?
Joke of the week: Professor
Doctor HRH KuaimaRiruako
preempted at least 5 000 years
of history by signing his latest
speech in the National Assembly
as " President of Namibia"
- What a cheek! Never, ever in
your life! At least you brought
some belly laughs to people
who read it. Our German compatriots
have a wonderful saying
in this regard. I asked and
this is what they told me (and
spelled it for me too!)
- The dictionary gives a good
translation " he is too conceited
for words". It is tailor-made for
week this writer went to town
a bit on her arrest for DUI. This
week I must say that the lady
has climbed in my estimation.
I still don't like what she does
with those kids, but, personally
speaking, I must say that her
blunt admission of her having
been arrested took me totally
by surprise - and it was a pleasant
surprise. Well done,
CdeBenitha! Usually we are
favoured with much honesty by
those children of the liberation