The media debate between Tony Ehrenreich the ANC leader in the City of Cape Town and J P Smith the Mayco member for Safety and Security is alarming for a variety of reasons. On 3rd December 2014 the Cape Argus headlined an illuminating editorial “Cape gangs have global backing”. In his report Elliot, Sylvester the Argus Chief reporter wrote “The report confirms research that the ANC and SACP alliance were involved in car theft and mandrax smuggling, although the Apartheid state also had an important role in the Cape Flats drug trade”. Over several weeks Tony Ehrenreich the ANC leader has accused the DA led City admin of hiring/paying gangsters for security on housing projects. All of South Africa now need clarify what links the DA and ANC have with organised crime. Beyond issues of poverty, racism and inequality etc. if the two leading political forces in our nation have links with criminality, then all hope of safety, security and a progressive nation is lost. For generations, our citizens have been abused by criminals. What is apparent from all the reports and studies is -one truth- there are links between very evil people in authority and organised criminals for mutual benefit. While there is collusion between decision makers {politicians, law enforcement and the judiciary etc.} and criminals then ordinary citizens will remain victims of evil and our constitutional democracy is not worth the paper that it is written on. The Association of Biblical Counsellors suggests that one reason why ordinary citizens do not readily “see” evil is because we find it so difficult to believe that evil persons actually exist. We cannot imagine someone deceiving or hurting others with no remorse, spinning untruths or pretending while having no fear of God. Ironically in Jeremiah 23:14 and Revelations 2:2, the Bible warns us that among God’s people there are wolves that wear sheep’s clothing. Thus the association has identified 5 ways to identify some-one with an evil heart.

  1. Evil hearts are experts at creating confusion and conflict. They twist the facts, mislead, lie, avoid taking blame, deny reality, make up stories and withhold information.
  2. Evil hearts are experts at fooling others with their smooth speech and flattering words. However if you study their words, you will find no evidence of genuine decency. It is all smoke and mirrors.
  3. Evil hearts crave and demand control, and their highest authority is their own self-reference. Yet they reject genuine liability, and make up their own rules to live by. They use the Torah, Bible and Quraanfor advantage but ignore guidance that requires self-correction and repentance.
  4. Evil hearts play on the sympathies of good-willed people, often trumping the grace card. They demand mercy but give none themselves. They demand forgiveness from those they harmed with no empathy for the pain they have caused and no real intention of making amends.
  5. Evil hearts have no conscience, no remorse as they do not struggle against evil—they delight in it—all the while masquerading as good people.

In the words of the wise, the media must continue to identify those in authority who have links to criminality. The more society tries to reason or show mercy towards evil the more we will become pawns in their game. Cllr Yagyah Adams Cape Muslim Congress

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