Opinion / Columnist
19 Oct 2019 at 06:19hrs | Views
The tears of hope for a life gone too soon, a life that still had a lot to offer. A circumstance that made us realize that as a nation we are on the cross road. "We either araise above this or sink below this." A tragedy that brought awakeness to the reality faced by fellow daughters, sister, mothers and grandmothers everyday of their lives in their homes, schools, work place and streets of our country.
Until this day I believe that Uyinene's tears shed for justice and for the healing of many girls and women in South Africa. As a nation we shouldn't allow time to make us forget what happened to Uyinene. We shouldn't continue with our lives as usual, because many women still live with emotional, physical and sexual abuse as their daily bread. "We must never give ourselves rest until perpetrators become victims of serious consequences, and victims of abuse become perpetrators of justice and healing."
We are in the last three months of the year. And the pleasure and splendor will go to higher levels. The music, the parties, the money and drinks shouldn't make you to forget as a woman that most criminals don't look like criminals. It's not written in their faces, but it's more in their personality. Make sure that you are always alert and pray to sense danger. Don't be another victim of this devil's agents.
Uyinene lost her precious life just by innocently fetching a parcel at the post office. How much more will your life be in danger when you are intoxicated, and allowing pleasure to lead you to unsecured places. It's not worth it, don't be the next victim. Enjoy your festive responsibly and take caution at all times. Trust no one! "Sometimes danger hides behind a handsome smile, a nice perfume and an expensive suit."
Make sure that your family and friends know where you are going and who you are going with , at all times. "May you always put to your soul a doek of self love and care. May we continue with the fight of countless and unknown Uyinene's out there." May we wipe their tears by winning this battle. I can image the possibilities of a generation of women who won't even know the meaning of abuse, a safe and free generation.
I dream of a nation with a Madam President and a Madam Chief justice, this will bring honor to a women's struggle, a perfect symbol of justice and victory it will be. "Empowering a woman is empowering a nation." I pray that God protects you and your loved onces from the devil's agents this festive season and beyond. I quote the late Winnie Mandela; We cannot pretend we do not have problems; we cannot pretend things are not wrong in our country. A lot of things are wrong.
Source - Eric Shikobela
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