It feels like the lawlessness is spiralling out of control.
I am not one for gloomy pessimism, but the news over the last few weeks has really gotten me down.
It’s becoming clear now that some of our elected officials circled around like vultures when the Covid crisis funds were being made available.
Instead of looking for ways to serve the vulnerable and help the government get critical equipment and services to communities, they were seeing easy ways to line their pockets.
And new stories of PPE corruption and collusion seem to be emerging almost daily now.
Last week, a woman in Pretoria stripped half naked in front of media cameras to protest not having been paid for providing catering services to needy communities on behalf of the government.
It seems procurement processes were flouted and prices massively inflated, so the payments are being withheld until an investigation is complete.
In Port Elizabeth innocent animals bore the brunt of anger when protesters took their frustration out on race horses, attacking them with pangas and knives.
They were angry about not having received their UIF payments.
What’s most upsetting about this story is that some of these people were employed to care for the horses, so presumably, they had formed some sort of bond with them.
Yet still they were able to act so cruelly against these beautiful and defenceless animals.
But clearly attachment and caring for the hand that feeds you are no longer things that give the criminal mind pause for thought.
In Limpopo, another domestic worker has been arrested for involvement in the brutal murder of her boss and her boss’ elderly mother.
We have seen the attempted kidnapping of a toddler in broad daylight and bodies continue to turn up in the bushes alongside Baden Powell Drive.
Seizing an opportunity highlighted by Gender-Based Violence, a Nyanga teenager started a taxi service for women only.
The 18-year-old Asiphe Mkhefa’s entrepreneurial spirit is being lauded and other provinces are curious about her business, WomenGo.
But her fledgling enterprise has already had to shut for a few days because of threats from male taxi drivers, who accuse her of stealing their business.
Instead of helping and encouraging her, and others like her to start businesses that tackle social problems, they harass and intimidate.
She is showing some resilience and plans to continue the service.
But can she rely on our judicial system to protect her?
Last week there were stories of a top judge allegedly taking out a murder hit against a colleague.
Then there’s the assassination of SAPS Lieutenant-Colonel Charl Kinnear outside his house in Bishop Lavis last week.
He was supposed to be in Joburg today to help arrest two brigadiers in connection with gun smuggling into the Western Cape.
He was also reportedly investigating 10 other current and former SAPS members for their involvement in the underworld.
That doesn’t bode well for the public’s paper thin trust when it comes to the SAPS.
Like the president is cleaning house within the ANC at the moment, so he needs to pay attention to the moral compass of our society.
Because it seems to be going haywire at the moment.