In a thicket they had found the body of a boy matching Miguel’s description. The body was clad in a school uniform‚ adding purchase to the notion that Miguel’s body had been found some six weeks after he vanished.
Miguel Louw, a 9 year old boy, whose face has been haunting every parent who sees the posts and prayers for his safe return, is now rumored to be found, dead. And where was he found? He was found in a shallow grave of my very own hometown, Phoenix, Durban.
As a parent myself, the thought of losing a child gives me a chill that goes right through my bones. I would die, just curl into a ball and die if my child were to be found dead and buried in a shallow grave, especially by a man that I knew.
But I do not want to mourn Miguel Louw. I want to strike back. I want to fight. I want the death penalty brought back. I want to see kidnappers, rapists and murderers being brought to justice.
I was about to go to the shops the other day and had decided where I was going to go. I was all set and then I changed my mind because fear set in. Fear of losing my child to a sadistic scum bag that would sell my child off to the highest bidder. Is this what our country has become? Are we not moving forward in any way?
Miguel Louw is one of thousands. Remember earlier this year, videos upon videos were going viral of mothers and teachers abusing children? I read just the other day in a newspaper that a father killed one of his children and planned on killing the other one just to get back at his wife, really, is that the shit that’s going on here? What about the grandmother that killed her grandchild.. any news on that? I haven’t heard justice being served for these and many more cases, all I hear is that new trial dates have been set and of course, bail being granted.
A man was being burgled so he shot the burglar in the foot, instead of the burglar, the man was charged. Funny isn’t it? Should the man have politely requested the burglar to leave? Perhaps he should have broke into song and begged the burglar to not kidnap his child and sell her to the highest bidder? Surely that would have worked.
Who exactly are we protecting here? What exactly are we doing? This is not just one person’s opinion, this is a lot of people from the community. Just go online, on any social media site, there are millions of people grieving for the innocent, Miguel Louw and many of them are asking for the death penalty to be reinstated. After the recent events, I also stand with these people that want the death penalty to be reinstated because I too , would want the person dead that harms my child. I trust animals more than I trust another human being walking on the street.
And then you get some people within the community who are not even taking this seriously. I live in Verulam and a school in my area does not even have a guard at it’s gates. It’s a primary school and preschool learners were left unattended and ran away from a class room just the other day. There has also been reports of a car with four males patrolling near the school. For parents that walk and come to do the school pick ups, this is scary because it is mostly the housewives that go to pick their kids up. Also not having a security at the gate increases the risk of children getting kidnapped. The principal however is not phased and has a reply like “If you don’t like it, I can provide you with your child’s transfer card”. This is a sad response, especially because for many, this is the only school within reach.
I urge every person to be alert. If you notice something strange, call the police (10111) or the SA National Human Trafficking line: 0800 222 777
PLEASE DO NOT TAKE THE SITUATION LIGHTLY. WHEREVER YOU GO, HOLD ON TO YOUR CHILD – DO NOT LET THEM WANDER! MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A TIGHT PICKUP SCHEDULE WITH THEM FOR SCHOOL RUNS AND THAT THEY KNOW WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF EMERGENCIES OR IF YOU ARE LATE. SET A PASSWORD WITH THEM SO THAT IN CASE ANOTHER PERSON HAS TO PICK THEM UP, ASKING FOR THE PASSWORD WILL HELP IDENTIFY IF THE PERSON IS LEGITIMATE OR NOT. TRACK YOUR KIDS PHONES, I KID YOU NOT! THESE ARE DANGEROUS TIMES AND TRUST ME, YOU’D RATHER BE SAFE THAN SORRY.
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Simone Gobin is a 24 year old, it graduate, wife to Avi and mother to Yash & Ralee Gobin. She spends her days being a mother and a wife. She has decided to start a blog as a creative outlet as well as connect with other parents. Her belief is that there is a lot to learn from other parents out there and she welcomes all advice possible.