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I phoned the Police Commissioner’s offices
5:42PM, Tuesday, 04 Mar, 2008
Today I phoned the police commissioner’s office and was put through due to Selebi’s absence to a very senior official. A Mother who cares and is deeply perturbed about the violence. We spent about 3/4 hour talking. She was very positive regarding the potential of THE STORIES and immediately felt part of the target market must be the streetchildren about the choices they make. I had to send her the info so that she in turn can forward it to the appropriate people.
I then phoned the dept of education and said to the chap who answered the phone “I want to speak to Minister Pandor, as I believe jointly a few lives can be saved” He started off somewhat arrogant, but as soon as he realized that it is about the common enemy, his attitude change was UNBELIEVABLE. He wants to join the MOVEMENT. I then explained to him that The Dept and SAPS must form this movement. Also sent him the info. Just saw he has circulated it to 11 people in the DOE. WHOA!!
It may just happen. Tomorrow I’ll phone the Dept of Safety and Security.
This is what I sent them:
Dear Reader, after some quiet time trying to make sense of what crime is doing to our people and this country, an idea to fight the COMMON ENEMY – violence, murder – the monster, formulated.
I watched Oprah’s latest show with Bill Cosby and an African American professor as her guests. They were discussing their latest book titled, Come on people. The book was written about an ever-increasing problem amongst the African-American population, their out of control behaviour etc. Made a lot of sense…as it really starts at home or the lack thereof. Also the blame game was emphasised between the have-nots and the haves.
BUT WHAT HIT ME was the stories told by victims of violence. It hit extremely hard. The raw emotion of a survivor, the pain of the parent, the child..
AND I THOUGHT
What if we all take our video cameras and go to a victim (we all know one) and film their story. We set up a “storage bank” for these stories. It gets edited into a DVD. This then gets distributed to churches, schools, universities etc. It has to highlight the CHOICES people make and DO they want to leave a legacy behind of a trail of blood?
What do YOU think, can this help?
Regarding the DVD
After much thought, talking to a few people and some comments from the positive bloggers, this is my conclusion.
Our problem in this country is exactly that, OURS. The outside world really does not care about our crime unless they come here for business or a visit OR something that can be sensationalised.
Mom made a valid point. To show these stories to school children would actually be more effective as all children in SA has to be schooled until age 16. (Captive audience)
It really is at this time when teens start struggling with their own perception of WHO I AM and start making choices about their futures. Perhaps by seeing what their legacy may be, by SEEING, HEARING, FEELING the pain of victims, they could CHOOSE not to follow that road.
Perhaps we should even show this to parents to shake them into reality and out of their “leave education to schools and crime to the police” attitudes.
Perhaps parents need to know that they can get more involved and know what their children are up to?
Sammi, ek haal my hoed af vir jou! Dis die begin van GROOT dinge hierdie! Let’s go for it!