I READ Luvuyo Ponase's letter in The Herald on September 24 ("Learn lesson from Marikana tragedy"). He states the following nonsense: "SA is not a barbaric nation whose citizens are ready to slaughter and kill one another. We are not a savage country that is ruled by chaos, terror and fear, but rather a country of reconciliation and peace".
Seriously? What has he been smoking?
In the same newspaper, Corrie Sanders is shot dead in a restaurant ("Ex-boxing champ dies in shooting"), and two adult women with three kids are shot at (one woman and her four-year-old granddaughter were shot) and they were robbed in Kempston Road when their car ran out of petrol ("Stranded mother and child shot").
How would you like your granddaughter to be shot at four years of age? This experience will affect this poor child for the rest of her life!
Also reported were "Bay couple survive robbery ordeal" in Lorraine ("they tried to strangle me" with a sheet) by four men wearing balaclavas; two arrested for attempted murder and robbery in Valencia ("Two nabbed over attempted robbery"), the Today in History 1990 – Winnie Mandela appears in court with seven others on kidnapping and assault charges in connection with kidnapping and beating of four youths, and on the same letters page: violence against women in Kwanobuhle (two murders) ("Bay women's lives at risk").
Also on the same page on the Vote Online the question is: "What's to blame for the increase in the violent crime in the Bay?", 31% say society is becoming more violent and 29% say syndicates are moving in. So 60% agree that there is an increase in violent crime.
Then in The Herald of September 26: "Shock revelations in crime statistics breakdown for PE and East Cape" – 1.5 person are murdered in NMB every day and more than one every three hours in the Eastern Cape!
The Eastern Cape has the highest murder rate in the country! This for the fourth consecutive year!
Sexual offences – these average 25 victims a day! Also, there is one hijacking a day and more than 18 burglaries a day in the Eastern Cape.
Mr Ponase open your eyes, these are indications of a savage nation, a barbaric nation that slaughters and kills each other. We are ruled by chaos, terror and fear. Why can you not see this?
Les Reynard, Fernglen, Port Elizabeth