Now, it is not often I pay any attention to the thoughts of Desmond Tutu BUT the BBC reports that "South Africa's voice of conscience,(LOL!) Archbishop Desmond Tutu, has questioned why respect for the law, and even life, is missing in a country still struggling to move on from the days of apartheid." This follows the news that the country's annual crime statistics have shown a sharp rise in some areas of violent crime.
Tutu is worried about crime - the high murder rate, the rape of children, and the cold-blooded, gratuitous killing of motorists whose cars are hijacked.
"What's happened to us?" he asked. "Perhaps we didn't realise just how apartheid damaged us so that we seem to have lost our sense of right and wrong."
No. Apartheid has nothing to do with it. The harsh fact is that whilst the regime of Apartheid was WRONG, that which has replaced it is little better. The ruling ANC is a corrupt cabal of gangsters and it has comprehensively failed to improve the lot of most of the people of this otherwise impressive country. Few, if any, within the political caste have shown real leadership and have flinched from tackling the widespread lack of respect for the rule of law. The people themselves seem ambivalent about what constitutes decent behaviour - necklacing was their invention after all - and this cannot possibly be blamed on the evil of Apartheid.
The fault begins and ends with the people. I think Tutu asks some of the right questions - but, predictably, he gets the wrong answers.