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How can you look into your victims eyes and still get satisfaction out of them begging you to please spare their life?

Photographer Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency(ana)

WOW! What a week it has been – and not in a good way. I’m ashamed of all of us but mostly ashamed to be called a South African. Even though I have done nothing wrong, I am still hanging my head in shame.

I’m feeling guilty for all those who have lost their lives, for the families who have been left without a loved one but most of all I am angry! In fact I’m spitting mad!

How can you look into your victims eyes and still get satisfaction out of them begging you to please spare their life?

This very person who you probably just last week borrowed a cup of sugar from yet today you are filled with extreme hatred that you can take their life.

I still don’t get the whole xenophobia thing. Maybe I am just naive. Maybe I don’t see the apples for the grapes. I don’t know.

One of the reasons, as I understand it, is that South Africans are angry because foreign nationals are coming in to take their jobs.

A legitimate reason, I do agree. However, especially in this day and age where unemployment is insanely high, why don’t we look at what the foreign nationals are doing to make a living.

My motto is: if you can’t beat them, join them.

A lot of foreign nationals own tuck shops and have various other business interests. There’s absolutely nothing stopping you from opening a tuck shop either.

Although I do understand from some of my sources that if you put up a tuck shop, the foreigner will come and erect his second shop.

So you go a few metres down the road and try again, and he opens up a franchise. That’s not fair and funny dude. Play nice!

What I understand further is that absolutely nothing is being done by the municipalities. There are supposed to be by-laws in place, but it sure doesn’t seem that way.

It’s exactly the same as last week when all this went down where were the politicians?

The nation had to practically go down on their knees to beg and plead Cyril to just say something anything.

It is exactly the same as all the gender-based violence that took place at the same time. Besides being cast on our knees trying to process all that was happening to our sisters, our great leader remained silent.

And, when he did deign to address the people it was nothing more than mute words. The silent protests that were taking place across the country were speaking volumes more.

The point is not what the president had to say or not – the point is the way society has allowed itself to degenerate that the Institute of Race Relations said after the release of the crime statistics that the country is facing a crisis akin to a low-intensity civil war.

How did we get here? What has happened to us? Do we point fingers at the leadership or do we take cognisance of the three fingers pointing back at us?

I’m going with the latter. Even if our leadership is lacking we all know the difference between right and wrong.

We all have a moral compass and we all have someone who is watching us who wants to be just like us what are we going to show them?

Will you be able to close your eyes at night knowing that just hours before your neighbour was looking into your eyes, begging for mercy?