This story forwarded by Black Coffee who says "How much longer must this go on? This is sick - SA citizens must all be given firearms to defend themselves". BC, while you may squabble with us over ideological differences, none of it matters when South Africa becomes a failed state. I am more concerned with the life and death immediacy issues of the day, more specifically people's lives.
We have a disarmed populace and a heavily armed criminal underworld that can act with impunity because the RULING PARTY has corrupted and destroyed the country's fabric. If a regime has shown itself incapable of ruling properly and indeed is the cause of many of the country's problems by failing to change tack and place the welfare of the people above its interests then we have to agree that it is time for a change of government. It is irrelevant who stole what land from whom, who owns mines, who owes who reparations - who cares?. When people are dying needlessly and a country is being torn apart we have to return to basics and that involves looking at those entrusted to keep the citizenry safe. If they are unable and/or unwilling to tackle crime and involve all roleplayers in the decision-making process to confront what is a NATIONAL calamity and appoint the best minds the country has to offer to tackle it then they must simply be removed. And it is not good enough to wait for the next election in five years time. The time for their removal is now. Every instance of crime, every attack, every death, adds one more nail to the coffin that impacts the viability of the country. We are past the point of no return in my view and it will take decades to undo the damage the ANC has caused. This story, like the fifty+ murders every day, is very distressing as a South African.
"They don't care about killing a person's mother, father, son or daughter. They simply don't feel anything about taking away your loved ones. They kill because they can"
"He is with God in heaven. He died so he could save us."
These were the heartbreaking words of Nicole Grobler who, along with her son and daughter, listened in horror from their bathroom as her partner, Gert Wandrag, 47, was shot dead while fighting with a gang of house robbers who attacked his family.
The family now believes that the gunmen, who stole laptops and household electrical appliances, are the same people who poisoned their dogs three weeks ago.
Wandrag, an IT expert, woke up to find two gunmen taking his cellphone off his bedside table in his Doornpoort home during the early hours of yesterday morning.
Screaming at them, Wandrag managed to tackle one of the gunmen and wrestle him to the ground as he fled through his house towards the lounge where Grobler's son, Marcel, 16, was asleep.
Wandrag died in front of Grobler and her children as they desperately tried to save him and call for help from a passing police van.
A devastated Grobler said Wandrag was a good man. "He died so he could save us. All he wanted to do was protect us," she cried.
Grobler said she went cold when she heard the first shot.
"We ran to the bathroom and hid. I could hear Gert screaming and fighting as furniture was being broken. Even after the first gunshot went off I could still hear Gert fighting.
"He refused to stop and it was only after the second shot went off that everything went quiet," she said, describing how, while Wandrag had been fighting with his attackers she and her children had crept into another bedroom where Wandrag's nephew and niece were hiding terrified behind their bed.
Grobler said that when she saw a passing police van she began screaming and flashing her bedroom lights so the police could catch the killers, "but they did not see me".
Grobler, describing how Wandrag had died lying face down in his blood, said he was still alive when they reached him. "We tried everything, but it was too late," she said, bursting into tears.
Grobler's brother, Cedrick Beneke, said those responsible did not think about what they were doing.
"They don't care about killing a person's mother, father, son or daughter. They simply don't feel anything about taking away your loved ones. They kill because they can," he said. - IOL