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Don't whinge from abroad, Lekota tells expats
« on: February 14, 2007, 09:38:58 pm »
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February 14 2007 at 04:42AM 
By Angela Quintal

It was not quite crime whingers should emigrate, but rather those who had left should stay away - leaving the fight against crime to patriotic South Africans.

Defence Minister Mosiuoa Lekota on Tuesday wrapped up day one of the debate on the state-of-the-nation address, taking Democratic Alliance leader Tony Leon and African Christian Democratic Party leader Kenneth Meshoe to task for relying on letters from South Africans living abroad to highlight the crime problem.

Lekota started gently enough, telling MPs that he had accepted Leon's bona fides about his observations about crime, but said: "I think we must avoid the need to evaluate national progress on the basis of reactions by individuals who may be traumatised by personal tragedy, for those who might be seeking justification for their actions or inactions."
 
Lekota was referring to part of a letter read out by Leon from Vi Rathbone, the 80-year-old grandmother of Clyde Rathbone, the former South African under 21 rugby team captain pilloried as a traitor for emigrating to Australia in 2002.

Mrs Rathbone recently wrote to Leon to explain why, at the age of nearly 80, she was "unwillingly emigrating" to join the rest of the family.

In the letter, she wrote how Clyde's mother had been brutally attacked in their Warner Beach, KwaZulu-Natal, home. "I will always love South Africa and will never run it down. I hope and pray that the government will do all in its power to fight the rampant crime in South Africa at the moment," Rathbone had written.

Meshoe, on the other hand, read a letter from Ivan Makoku to the Sunday Times about his fear of returning home from the UK because of crime.

Lekota noted that the majority of crime victims in South Africa were poor and black.

"Why single out the voice of some wealthy individual who can afford to take the whole family, leave this country and go to Australia and highlight that in this house?

"The Honourable Meshoe invites into this house the comments of someone sitting in the exaggerated comfort of European cities, pointing a finger and saying how wrong the country is."

Lekota said that what was needed was for MPs to speak about those South Africans who recognised that crime was one of the problems in South Africa, "but who, instead of sitting as spectators or walking away, take action to join all of us to fight this crime".

To loud applause from government benches, Lekota said: "When are we going to speak about the majority of black and white south Africans, farmers, who are sticking it out on their farms in the Free State, North West and Limpopo, who are working to contribute to the national effort to fight crime?

"Those are the people we should be speaking about and speaking to."

Lekota said the examples that should be highlighted were the commendable efforts of "loyal and patriotic black and white South Africans who are working with all of us to fight this crime and make South Africa a better place".

South Africa wanted to hear from black and white sportsmen, in rugby, soccer and cricket, "who elevate the name of South Africa".

In an apparent reference to the Rathbone family, he said: "Not from a few individuals who have turned their back on South Africa and have walked out to Australia. Let them make it a happy home for them, that's fine."

To more applause, Lekota said: "We are interested in the citizens of this country, who want to sit here and fight. "What we need is partnership in the battle again crime, not these eloquent spectators speaking from the comfort of their homes elsewhere."

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Re: Don't whinge from abroad, Lekota tells expats
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2007, 10:02:38 pm »
Mr Lekota, or is it Patrick, or Terror, or Mosiuoa or whatever the heck your name is this month.
Once you have decided what your name is you can turn your attention to the fact that those emmigrants you are blasting are sitting in other countries because of crime.

If you had spent less time worrying about your name and more time listening to those expats while they were actually still in the country, you may just have been living in a country with the 'exaggerated comfort of European cities'. Last time I looked, personal safety was not included on the list of 'exaggerated comfort(s) of European cities'?

By saying : "I think we must avoid the need to evaluate national progress on the basis of reactions by individuals who may be traumatised by personal tragedy, for those who might be seeking justification for their actions or inactions.", you have just publicly proven that the goverment doesn't care about crime and is not about to do anything about it.

The only real measure of crime is the "reactions by individuals who may be traumatised by personal tragedy", so by "avoiding the need to evaluate progress" by these people, you have nothing to evaluate your so called "progress" by as those not traumatised by crime have no reason to react.

Frankly, I don't care what your name is, I just care about your climbing off your butt and doing something about the crime that is eating this country alive.

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Re: Don't whinge from abroad, Lekota tells expats
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Re: Don't whinge from abroad, Lekota tells expats
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2007, 10:51:49 pm »
Well said... send that to the papers, Nolan!
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