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Friday, 24 August 2007 11:49


The Mercury

Your report on substance abuse (Mercury 21/08/07 Page 3) indicates that the consumption of drugs and alcohol are high on the list.

Addiction to both these harmful substances is a scourge in our society. The only difference between them is that one is legal while the other is not. But in terms of the destruction they cause, both these addictions should be dealt with applying the same degree of severity.

I am sure that by now society is fed up with the trail of destruction left behind and the countless untold damages inflicted upon the lives of addicts and those around them. People have become zombies, vagrants, thugs, criminals and liabilities in society because of these notoriously bad habits.

Some will find it hard to swallow the idea that alcohol has more bad than good, but this is a fact. The number of accidents caused as a result of drunken driving in this country is beyond imagination. Our roads have become death traps and soon a state
of emergency will need to be effected.

The government needs to maximize sentences on drug and alcohol abusers. Together, the law enforcement agencies must play their part clamping down on offenders and ensuring that they face the full might of the law.

Ebrahim Saab


Monday, 27 August 2007 11:16


The Mercury

It is about time the government clamps down on corruption within its system as your reporter states, "Govn takes strides in battle against corruption" (01/08/07).

The good news is that as opposed to the past lethargic stance on the subject, the government is now actively taking up the challenge of alleviating fraud and corruption.

Corruption has always been a hot issue as is the case with crime.

Surprisingly, so little was being done to combat it while so much was perpetrated with the knowledge of many people. The positions people hold should be regarded as a trust and therefore they should fulfill this trust accordingly.

Thumps up to those fighting corruption!

M. Mota

Monday, 27 August 2007 12:13



"The recent discovery of the benefits of circumcision in reducing the rate of HIV infection has brought this age old practice back into focus. Circumcision was promoted as a religious rite or practice in most major world religions, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam and others, references of which are found in the respective scriptures. To this day, almost all observing Jewish and Muslim males are circumcised. This practice is very much prevalent in most of Africa as an important tradition. The Xhosa youth are initiated into manhood through various rituals, one of which is circumcision. Circumcision, from an Islamic viewpoint, is regarded as one of the salient aspects of the religion and is viewed as a practice of all the Prophets of God. Among the benefits of circumcision claimed by Islam, is the issue of hygiene and the protection against multiple health disorders, which is achieved by circumcision alone, for when the foreskin is not removed, urine, semen and other secretions can collect under the folded skin and this area becomes the site of painful infections from bacterial growth. The minor procedure of circumcision greatly simplifies the maintenance of basic hygiene. New medical evidence in the recent years is pointing increasingly to the large number of medical benefits associated with circumcision.

A number of medical journals and publications have associated major medical advantages to circumcision. These documents now urge medical practitioners to fully inform parents of the benefits of having their male children circumcised. Doctors have discovered that circumcision affords protection against infections, including sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Other medical benefits include reduced urinary tract infections, elimination of penile cancer in middle-aged men and, in addition, in older men, a decrease in urological problems and infections. And the latest discovery being the reduction of HIV infection due to circumcision. Hence every Muslim male is required to be circumcised as young as possible, preferably before reaching puberty. There is no requirement for female circumcision in Islam as is commonly misunderstood. Where the circumcision was not done earlier on, and the grown up male is not in a position to tolerate or bear the pain of circumcision, or there is fear of harm being inflicted on him, then circumcision could be avoided. However, with modern advances in surgical practice, it is an almost painless exercise these days. Nevertheless, the uncircumcised male has to ensure that the area beneath the foreskin is kept very clean because, in Islam, body hygiene and cleanliness is obligatory before offering the five daily prayers."

Wednesday, 29 August 2007 11:25

Price Hikes

While price hikes of basic necessities have soared at an alarming rate with
little impact on some people (the rich), the majority are really feeling the
pinch. The escalation of food prices has caused havoc in the lives of many,
the poor are getting poorer, hit by waves of price increases and shadowed by
the high rate of unemployment.

It is time to reflect on the sad and pitiful state of the poor people and
consider their plight as the situation gets worse, day by day. Unemployment
has further exacerbated the suffering of many South Africans. Too many are
living below the poverty line and the government needs to address the issue
as soon as possible.

As a start, may I suggest that food outlets install baskets at entrances for
customers to donate food items to assist the neighbourhood community.

Ahmed Mohamed

Thursday, 30 August 2007 13:40


The Daily News

Well done, Mr Mbeki - aiding Congo to get back on its feet. Now, how about doing the same for your immediate neighbour - Zimbabwe?

Zimbabwe should perhaps be your priority. The country is turning into a ball of fire.

Don't wait for a Congo crises which ended in a disaster.

South Africa has the ability to lend its support to salvage the present
Zimbabwean situation.

Yusuf Bhai


Friday, 31 August 2007 11:06

Health Minister Manto

I refer to the many articles on Minister Manto.

As a South African, I am very disturbed by the daily barrage of allegations against the minister. The allegations on theft, excessive drinking and fired from her position when serving as a doctor in Botswana is definitely not a good image for South Africa.

Perhaps all the checking and the background should have been done before the appointment of such a high profile appointment. I only hope that this fiasco ends quickly and in a good note. Ironically, whenever there is some enquiry/inquiry then peoples’ past is under scrutiny and the situation turns ugly with all kinds of remarks and allegations. In fact, there were instances where statements were made without proper verification and as a result it caused unnecessary problems.

Ahmad Saeed


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