ROOIBERG – On Heritage Day, September 24, South Africans across the spectrum are encouraged to celebrate their cultural heritage and the diversity of their beliefs and traditions and various events are staged throughout the country to commemorate this day.
Inspector Mudzile of the Rooiberg Police station spent Heritage Day visiting people and engaging them on crime related topic. He has realised that crime is holding this country at ransom because people don’t want to speak about it. “It is only through debates that we can beat this animal. Unless we challenge it head on like people did with AIDS, we will remain with it.” Said Inspector Mudzile.
According to Inspector Mudzile, the police are being equipped to address and protect the community but the chances of coming together and discussing issues that affect our daily lives are limited. The more we talk about crime, the more victims will be empowered, sending the message to criminals that we are aware of their actions and we will not tolerate it anymore.
Inspector Mudzile uses the example of billboards that we see around us, if it could for a particular day address crime, citizens are going to see a drastic change for that day.
He believes that there are good in each person and every family and that criminals themselves actually hate what they are doing which makes it elementary to defeat them.
He said he chosed Heritage Day to address crime seeing that it is easy to find a man stealing with his son or his wife which means the community are going to have people who will be alledging that they have inherited criminal activities from their fore fathers and as such they will be practicing their cultural values.
Inspector Mudzile disagree with this, just like he disagrees with the person from Kromdraai who believes that by throwing empty liquor bottles at the river one is blessed to drink more. According to Mudzile, this drunk put two bags full of empty bottles by the river where he was not supposed to. People thought it was bags of those who lived on recycling and the content was revealed when this drunk’s children came and do what they have inherited from him, placing one of the bags on the street and drove their bikes over it until the contents were spilled all over while on the other hand making unbearable noise.
Mudzile explained that people residing in Kromdraai are there because they are tired of city life, they want to listen to the sounds of nature. He personally knows good pensioners like oom Piet and oom Jan who spent their diesel and tractors to make the street accessible but then came this guys who claim to know everything but fail to understand the definition of a public road.
Inspector Mudzile can be contacted at Rooiberg SAPS on 014 734 1602 or cell 073 246 1721.