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My Heart Bleeds For Masi

There’s been an uprising in our local community of Masiphumelele. Time and time again, the justice system has failed this community, and many others.

Mothers leave their homes, fearing, not knowing if the children they leave behind will be safe. Fathers, hard working men, work all day, only to have their few belongings stolen, from their one roomed shack, their home, their pride.

Women, and children are violated, raped, murdered…YET the criminals walk free, sometimes they are arrested, and set free on bail, left to roam their hunting ground, a vulnerable community of hard working people!

My heart bleeds, for our people, for the children and our police force. It bleeds, because our justice system and constitution has shown time and time again, that the criminals’ human rights must be upheld, at the cost of innocent children, women, families and communities.

I will not go into the atrocities that people experience on an ongoing basis, at the hand of the criminal whose rights are upheld. For these atrocities, should never happen in a just and free South Africa; yet they do!!

It is the injustice of the system, that has resulted in an uprising, where criminals AND innocents people, are paying the price; death, injury and trauma.  It has been proven time and time again, that marching ONLY results in lip-service from the officials…

And, after these past few days, it has been proven that VIOLENCE, driven by community mob-justice, is the requirements to JUSTIFY an effective police presence and response. ONLY now, is Masi placed on the Agenda of the powers that be!!! Obviously the plight of this community was not enough, until they took matters into their own hands…community protests and violence…

Masiphumelele community, I feel your pain and frustrations. I understand your anger and recognise that your uprising is your last resort to take back ownership of your community, your last resort to rid people of the evil energy that has infiltrated your small settlement. Children, I feel your fear and mother’s I share in your anxiety for the safety of your families.

I pray that these criminals will take heed and know that they are not welcome. I urge these criminals to accept that you will no longer stand for the injustices that they are bringing upon your families!!

Intliziyo yam iyopha, Ndizohlanawe Masiphumelele. My heart bleeds for you and I stand with you, the hard working and innocent people of Masiphumelele.

Tweet #MasiNeedsChange #Istand4Masi

Last week, I also wrote a poem, The Colour of Love, based on these recent event in Masiphumelele.

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8 comments on “My Heart Bleeds For Masi

  1. Nomzamo Mqhathane
    September 21, 2015

    Ï am thë resident of Masiphumelele, You represent me (us) on this poem. So much attention is directed to Masi now, so many polices deployed! Soo many police vehicles on the streets now eversince people stood up. But when we need help you would be told of ” no vans”. So many rapes survivors with nothing done to thë perpetrators.

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    • ChevsLife
      September 21, 2015

      Thank you for taking the time to respond and engage on my blog. There are many of us in the Valley, thinking and praying for the community. We too are disturbed and deeply touched by the sad reality of the situation. That it takes a violent uprising for your plight to finally be heard. Know that you are not alone in your fears, anxiety and pain.

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  2. Nosisi Vena
    September 21, 2015

    I want to thank for this poem the situation affects us all as Masi community .It affects our children more than any thing in this area its a trauma to them more special to those children use to play with Amani (soccer)its shock.Poor kids would’nt have counsilling crying for our tomorrows leaders of the country

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    • ChevsLife
      September 22, 2015

      Thank you for sharing on this public platform. There are many people in the Valley, concerned about the community in Masi, the children and families affected by these atrocious events. Please make contact with Living Hope, I believe they have people available who can assist with trauma counseling. Your fear and pain is shared and embraced in the Valley. I have great empathy for all affected by the violence and lawlessness. Be safe!

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  3. Chantel
    September 21, 2015

    Very heart felt and informative. People all over the country are fighting back. We go to sleep at night wondering, if we will die old and grey and happy OR will our life be taken from us. As a female in this country, it is an even bigger challenge. Its a sad situation because human life means nothing to these criminals.

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    • ChevsLife
      September 22, 2015

      You are right, many people are living in constant fear, it is distressing. Be safe my friend xoxo

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  4. Sonia Cope
    September 22, 2015

    I lived in the valley from 1987-2007 but sadly have lost touch with its pulse and heartbeat . Could someone fill me in with recent events please …soniacope@me.com 🙏

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    • ChevsLife
      September 22, 2015

      Thank you for your interest and concerns expressed for our beautiful community. I’m sure you will understand the angst that the community is faced with at the moment. One of the organisations who have been working closely with the community is Living Hope. I will send you an email regarding contact details.

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