It is not new, and thats what makes it so sad and so bad. The difference now is that thanks to social media a lot of the news that happen in our communities get to our eyes and ears quicker.
We have to let go of the inherited practise of sweeping things under the carpet, it didnt work because it meant no one paid up to the consequences and kids ended up emulating bad behaviour.
We know also that in our communities esp. townships close to tarvens and shebeens, violence happens almost every weekend and the kids are always there as curious onlookers. They see teenage boys stab each other who also witness grown up men shoot each other. And yet at the end of the day no one looks at the children and offer them trauma counselling.
Our schools have become a haven of violence from wounded and broken spirits who dont know better because they have not seen better …
As grown ups we have got to do better ..
And most important its time to take care of our children ..not only the ones we gave birth to
If we say it takes a village to raise a child ..we have got to start living this out!
There is a parent somewhere crying “umthwalo wam uyandisinda .. ndiyacela ndiphathise”
written by Nomveliso kaMbanga kaNguta, teencoach.