I’m reflecting on the horrific and heinous incidents in our own neighbourhoods and all over the finest city in the world, that we are privileged to call HOME, and I ask the questions….
Who will be next?
What horrendous crime will be committed next?
Whose home is the next to be ransacked?
Whose daughter the next to be raped?
Which family will next be brutally attacked in the safety of their own home?
Whose personal safety will be violated and threatened next?
Who will be the next victim of armed hi-jacking?
Who will be murdered next?
…….the questions go on and on
And then I ask….
What am I doing about it?
What are my neighbours, family, friends, colleagues, clients doing about it?
How can I make a difference?
How can you make a difference?
And the answer becomes clear….
How do you eat an elephant?
– With a knife and fork!
It’s simple; the ripple begins with a tiny pebble in a very large pond
WE ARE THE TINY PEBBLES,
We can make a difference
It is not enough to rely on the big guns to take every bit of responsibility. It’s not enough to cast doubt and blame on the few people in office who are stretched way beyond capacity, the likes of our able, involved and deeply connected and concerned ward councillor Penny East, the head of law enforcement In the cape metro, Director Robbie Roberts, the management of SANParks, the active and passionate bodies in our various neighbourhood crime watches, the local SAPS resources, nor the private security firms!
When that one finger points and directs responsibility and blame at those leaders, there are four other fingers pointing back at the person to whom that hand belongs
The time for change and action is now
Get involved, make a difference, join your neighbourhood crime watches, even if you can’t patrol, you could make a monetary donation, or an offer of help in another way.
Be the eyes and ears wherever, whenever, however, irrespective of how insignificant it may seem, all major, life threatening and life changing criminal behaviour, starts with a minor misdemeanour….
It’s not enough, and hugely distasteful and arrogant, to sit in a public meeting and criticise those in the hot seat, when you live in your well secured home, with armed response, electric fences, security estates.
Crime affects each and every one of us, and if each and every one of us, expended 10% of the energy that we use to berate the local law enforcement, criminal activity, ward councillor, etc. and channelled that energy as part and parcel of our daily lives,
THAT WOULD ENSURE THE SINGLE BIGGEST POSITIVE IMPACT ON OUR PERSONAL SAFETY AND VIRTUAL ERADICATION OF THE CRIMINAL ACTIVITY THAT AFFECTS ALL OF US
And be the change you want to see and feel!