Appeal for respect
Dear President Zuma
I am a 57-year-old Afrikaans-speaking male and I do not belong to or support any organisation that favours a specific ethnic group or ideology that could jeopardise relations or show disrespect towards other citizens.
I am an ordinary, good South African citizen, married, with three grown-up sons.
I am, however, deeply concerned about the corruption, hideous crimes, lack of respect for fellow citizens’ possessions, lack of tolerance towards one another and lack of respect for life.
I cannot accept the senseless murders, in many instances merely to rob the murdered.
There is no excuse for taking someone else’s life.
Mr President, each of us has a role in restoring respect for others and life, but I beg you to use your public position and every podium, whenever you have the opportunity, to address and talk about respect for one another, tolerance and respect for life.
I have not heard you do so yet.
I so dearly want my family, circle of friends, co-workers and all in South Africa to remain positive about their future here.
More importantly, I don’t want my children to leave the country as a result of the corruption and crime.