Thursday, July 23, 2009

'He never came back'

This is something people like Black Coffee and others cannot comprehend, the immediateness, the proximity of crime to you every single moment in South Africa. At any moment, day or night, the "call" will come that someone you love or know has been killed or attacked. Most of us have had the call [that] I doubt most foreigners have.

To them crime is something that happens to others. You can think like that. Not in South Africa. In South Africa crime happens to everyone and it is only a matter of when, not if, it will happen to you.

Here was an individual doing a mundane task, tied his shoelaces in the morning, brushed his teeth, set off for the day's chores, and by the same evening he is lying dead, murdered, on a cold metal slab in a mortuary. It is this people, listen up BC and others, that keeps me going every single day when I think the battle is lost. I won't stop telling the world of the nightmare of post-apartheid South Africa, not until we South Africans enjoy the same rights and freedoms foreigners take for granted.

One more life snuffed out, a chemical engineer, a father of three young babies, a husband, another statistic. What a waste of a productive human life. And for what? His death will be forgotten by tomorrow because another FIFTY South Africans will join him tomorrow. Dammit to hell I am mad!!

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Durban - Bluff businessman and chemical engineer Craig Marais bade his friend farewell, saying he would see him soon.

The 40-year-old father of triplets was headed for the Warwick Junction taxi rank to drop off an employee.

"He dropped me at home and said he would see me just now," said Clinton Sayers, a friend since childhood. "He never came back."

Paramedics found Marais slumped over the steering wheel of his VW Touareg, with a single gunshot wound to his chest, in David Webster (Leopold) Street. He was shot in a bungled hijacking on Monday night.

The father of 1-year-old triplets - Hannah, Angelica and Gabriella - was employed by the Engen Refinery and co-owned two franchises of The Firm, a health facility, with his wife, Princess. The victim's father, Samuel Marais, 77, and Princess - who was in hospital recovering from an infection - were the first relatives to arrive at the murder scene.

Samuel was overcome with emotion while speaking to the Daily News at his Wentworth home about his son on Tuesday night.

3 Opinion(s):

Anonymous said...

Thanks for not giving up! Keep telling us here abroad and we will spread the terrible truth further by word of mouth to everybody we come in contact with. The whole damn world must become aware of what is happening in the once so prosperous South Africa.
I hate this new so-called government and its followers.
Roll-on 2010, the truth will come out for sure as they transport the victims home!

Anonymous said...

The bastarts, another three little children have to face the world without ever knowing their father.
And worst of all, the odds are very good the killers will never even end up in jail.
A country without Law and Order is lost!

Lindsay said...

It's disgusting how cheap life is in South Africa. My 65-year old neighbour was murdered & my other neighbours wife is paralysed because of a botched highjacking!I'm now living in the UK but people here don't seem to believe me when I tell them what is really happening in South Africa! When are world leaders going to wake up to the fact that the ANC government is destroying a beautiful country! The 2010 World Cup might be the eye-opener which the world needs to see.