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Kopano Matlwa

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I’m SO pissed off

Do i need to get raped for the police to take me seriously?! I’m so angry, so frustrated, so aaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!! My car got broken into last night (right here, in the residence, tightly secured by campus patrol services) and i’ve been waiting the entire day for the police to at least pretend they give a rats ass and come take finger prints (like they assured me they’d do).

Its’ not that i actually care about the fingerprints or the poor desperado that stole some old school music nobody would buy and the radio i got for free but the fact that we’ve gotten so accustomed to crime, to being pushed around by criminals, to being locked in by fear and knocked down into apathy that some inspector whoever can look you in the eye and tell you that your case ‘doesn’t matter as much’ and that is just the way it is.

Maybe i’m young and stupid and naive (how do you even spell that?) and i go through life believing the world really is a good place (if someone would just give it a chance) and that justice does (sometimes) get done, but i guess thats not the case is it. unless you get shot in your own home, get raped by a bunch of school boys or lynched in Oranje your case does not matter.


Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Karina</a>
    July 23rd, 2007 @17:35 #

    Dear Kopano,
    Your case DOES matter, don't let anybody tell you otherwise. I hope the police will do their job, and I wish you lots of strength now. I know how it feels to be robbed; happened to me a couple of times all over the world. To me it is always an invasion of my privacy, of something that is my own, thus a kind of violation of self, even if it is not rape.
    Here in South Africa, we all live with a strange acceptance of crime as an almost natural part of our lives. You know, I never leave my laptop on my desk when I am not in the house, and I make copies of all my files on a regular basis, putting them in 'safe' places. I caught myself thinking a couple of times, why does it feel normal when I do that? My 'life's work' is on this laptop, if it ever got stolen... I don't even want to think about it.
    There is this wonderful installation entitled MAKE YOUR HOME YOUR CASTLE (1995, mixed media) by Lisa Brice, exhibited permanently at the National Gallery in Cape Town. The installation resembles a room which is secured by an alarm and other precautionary measures. The doormat at the entrance to the room says RELAX. It is an expressive works of art which best exemplifies the link between security and threat in South Africa. When I first saw it in 2004, I still lived in Austria and was here on a holiday; it did not mean so much to me back then. Recently, I saw it again and it chilled me to the bone.
    I think that you are not naïve :) – there is a lot of good out there, it is not only gloom and doom. But it would be naïve to think that crime and violence are not way out of proportion in this beautiful land. I often wonder – especially when flying above SA – how can such beauty contain so much hatred...

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">izz</a>
    July 23rd, 2007 @22:02 #

    Hope you've recovered from the unwanted visitors to your car who made themselves home by borrowing what they will probably never return - they might, if they're nice, hehehe. I hear Capetonians are nicer than Gautengers.

    But hey, seriously, such shitty situations gotta be taken seriously by the police and given the attention they need. Pity the excuse is always that 'we don't have the capacity' and you can't blame them cos really, they got a serial killer or rapist on the loose at the mo. But still, they gotta give such smaller cases their due.


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