Meyiwa and Mulaudzi
2 Great Young South Africans Gone Too Soon - Says IFPYB

 27 October 2014.

The IFP Youth Brigade offers its heartfelt and most sincere condolences to the families and friends of Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates Captain Senzo Meyiwa and South African Olympian Mbulaeni Mulaudzi. 

South Africa has been robbed through a road accident and a cold blooded killing of two great South African youths who through their excellence and hard work flew South Africa’s flag very high. 

We join the millions of South Africans and the sport fraternity world over in paying respect and tribute to these great young men of our times, who in their youth made their mark in life and did their country proud. We are indeed a Nation in mourning; poorer but inspired by their deep sense of patriotism. We have been robbed of brilliant talent which was well set on the trajectory of greatness. 

This double-tragic blow compels us as a Nation to soul search whether we are doing enough to curb the ever-increasing road deaths toll and also whether our efforts aimed at fighting crime are yielding the results we desire. 

The death of Senzo Meyiwa in particular speaks to a sad reality in our country where criminals are trigger happy and senseless. The pain we feel as a nation over the death of Senzo Meyiwa is the same pain felt by thousands of families on a daily basis because a breadwinner has been mindlessly killed over a cellphone. We must do more to cultivate a culture of mind and heart that values life. 

Without watering down our tragic national loss in Senzo Meyiwa's death but the reality is that South Africans are not safe and are living in fear. We are only ever prepared to momentarily face this reality when it affects a high profile person and we swiftly go back to our routine lives as if nothing happened, whereas the senseless killing of our people is going on daily; it’s just that not all of them will make the headlines. 

The fight against crime must be stepped up by us society by demanding more from the justice system; surely there must be far more serious consequences for cold blood killers. The justice system must lean, without apologetic bias, in favour of the victims. 

Killers cannot possibly have a claim to any rights when they undermine and negate the rights of others. 

A fitting tribute and celebration of the lives of these two great sporting legends must go beyond the narratives of sympathy and outpouring of grief but should mark a renewed commitment from all South Africans for us to deal with road carnage and the killing of innocent citizens. 

We call upon all communities to stand in solidarity with justice and work hand in glove with the South African Police by handing over all criminals.

We must root out crime from our communities and begin to create for ourselves safe communities. The fight against crime must become a national responsibility, sitting on all our shoulders. 

We call upon to explore and pursue all leads and bring to book the these criminals that have senselessly robbed South Africa of one of its greatest talent, a son, a husband and  a father. 

We offer our sincere condolences to the Meyiwa family, the Mulaudzi family, their friends, SASCOC, Orlando Pirates, Bafana Bafana and to South Africa. 

May Senzo and Mbulaeni, through God’s grace, rest in peace.

 

Issued by the IFP Youth Brigade:

Contact: Mkhuleko Hlengwa MP
IFPYB National Chairperson- 076 521 3221