Enough is enough

VIEWPOINT

12 November 2018 | Opinion

Leandrea Louw - The violence against our women needs to stop.

Little Cheryl was found murdered and in pieces. The nation was still reeling in shock and anger after Gervin Gowanab raped and mutilated an 8-year old-girl. Just a week later Lindie Prinsloo was found murdered in her own home, allegedly at the hands of someone she had known intimately.

I’m at a loss of words, not because I am shocked about what our nation has become, but merely because everything has been said already: “We should bring back the death penalty, our justice system keeps failing us, women need to speak up when they’re suffering abuse, boys should be taught to keep it in their pants.” And that is just some of it.

Personally, I think we have gotten used to living in a bubble. We usually read about the violence against women and children in the newspapers, or hear it on the news. Not thinking in a million years rapes and murders would become a regular occurrence in Namibia.

Yet, this is the harsh reality we live in. Our daughters are being mutilated and murdered in cold blood. They are being abducted, cut up in pieces, violated and abused.

No longer can we turn a blind eye to our neighbour’s screaming next door, or her broken arm the next day. No longer can we just assume our kids are safe playing in the yard - it is time we speak up and take precautions.

I hate the fact that I have to double check if the car doors are locked, if someone is not following me, to make sure the house doors are locked. I hate the fact that I have to ask myself if the shorts or skirt I am wearing are too short. Its infuriating and frightening, yet all we deem fit is rant on Facebook about how cruel our people are and that the police are not doing their jobs.

I’m not saying we should take justice in our hands, but I’m pretty sure that’s where we are headed - we cannot turn a blind eye anymore.

We need to start advocating for the admendment of our laws - too many criminals walk away with just a slap on their wrist. It is time we take care and take responsibility for one another, for our children. We just cannot assume everything will be okay, or assume that it will not happen to me.

Enough is enough.

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