I was left with feelings of helplessness on Saturday November 12, after observing a stabbing in Riebeek Street.
While walking from breakfast, I watched as two women and two men robbed a man, kicked and shoved him.
Eventually one of men drew a knife, chased the victim and stabbed him in the back. They quickly ran off in the direction of the train station.
The victim ran up the road trying to flag down a car willing to rush him to the nearest hospital.
Finally, a CCID patroller showed up and called the ambulance. I spoke to the victim briefly. When I got home, I eventually broke down.
In that moment, I was rendered utterly helpless to the violence perpetuated by others; helpless to the feelings of hate in the hearts of others. I hope that man gets the medical care he needs and makes a swift recovery without any long-term damage.
Lesson: Let us cease to be quick to anger; let us fight with words not weapons and let us never turn away from our humanity and compassion. Because without it, man’s evolutionary strides cease to matter and that is truly a crying shame.
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