THE BREAK-IN

The Salamander Chronicles - Don Beukes

This poem deals with a common crime not just in South Africa but globally, although international media prefer to highlight SA as a gangsta paradise without really knowing anything about the people who live there, thereby showing their ignorance and utter lack of knowledge of the people so far south of the equator! I wrote this in 2009 after being the victim of a house break-in for the first time in my life and feeling the sense of helplessness and intrusion of privacy whilst visiting my brother in the north of the country in the province of Mpumalanga as a local visiting expat, which opened my eyes to how police there handle crimes like this and yes, I admit, I was not impressed! Now that the ANC has taken over in the last 20 years things have gone down a hell of a lot despite all the positives, with corruption on…

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