Have you made a difference?

Paul Franke, Ocean View

What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived; it is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.

This is what needs to be our life commitment to others.

The murders of top cops, lawyers and principals in our communities show how badly the current system is failing us.

We are very frustrated with the country’s flawed criminal justice system that sees more criminals out in the streets than behind bars.

Ocean View has recently seen a spate of robberies, including an attack on an ambulance crew.

There seems to be a total lack of respect and love in our country.

It seems South Africa is at war with itself.

The rampant levels of crime that have invaded our households countrywide cannot be denied, downplayed or wished away when we see the day-to-day realities of young lives being destroyed.

It is hard for those who have lost loved ones to carry on and live normal lives.

Personally I have lost more than 20 family members in our beloved community of Ocean View. The area near the top taxi rank is particularly dangerous. We, as law-abiding citizens, want to work with the authorities to help build a better community and a better country. Working together can only help the country and it’s future existence.