A Clockwork Orange – South Africa

  • An 86 year old woman is murdered by two youths, aged 15 and 18 in South Africa. Nothing unusual so far, but read further, dear reader.
  • The murder is planned in order to steal the old womans car. A bit extreme, why not just steal the car? But read on.
  • The woman is a retired administrative worker at a girls boarding school, and she lives on the premises.
  • She employs the 15 year-old’s mother. In fact, she even financed the youths education.

Her reward. DEATH. Read the full story here.

How sad. How senseless. But, the question is, WHY?

Both youths were arrested and have pleaded guilty to murder and numerous other charges when they appeared in court yesterday (Wednesday). They will be sentenced in April. I am sure that their youth will be cited as a mitigating circumstance and they will probably serve a 10-year prison sentence.

And what will this achieve? NOTHING.

Here’s an idea.

Have you ever seen the 1971 classic, A Clockwork Orange? A youth agrees to undergo experimental shock therapy to cure him of his violent nature, in return for his freedom. The results are quite horrific, and I am suggesting nothing of this nature.

What I am suggesting is that the State enters into an agreement with the youngsters attorneys, in terms of which they will undergo an intense, and Internationally-monitored psychological evaluation. What we need to find out is WHY? Exactly, and precisely, WHY? And I think, that as a Nation, we need to be told. In terms of our Access to Information Act we are entitled to this information.

With this WHY in hand, perhaps we can start slowly chipping away at the actual cause of crime in South Africa. The price of this information – two young criminals back on the streets again, might just be worth paying.

“I am so proud to be a South African, but so sad for the society that we have become.”


from Anthony Burgess’ preface

“..I do not think so because, by definition, a human being is endowed with free will. He can use this to choose between good and evil. If he can only perform good or only perform evil, then he is a clockwork orange–meaning that he has the appearance of an organism lovely with colour and juice but is in fact only a clockwork toy to be wound by God or the Devil or (since this is increasingly replacing both) the Almighty State. It is as inhuman to be totally good as it is to be totally evil.


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