Golly gosh, there was a response to the article in the South African Sunday Times last week. One: from an obvious ex-mariner condemning this – making a point (a very good point mind you) that the ex executors of the company named would be turning over in their graves. Two: And the second – from the government department Portnet claiming that they would be investigating this. What a F&&(*&^% joke. You guys were on strike for half a month nearly bringing the economy in this country to it’s freaking knees but now you are going to investigate. I wouldn’t trust any investigation on your part. This youngster was obviously murdered unless she was spiked on something and then decided to end her life – there is no investigation needed. Again, on your part. Anyone with half a brain should be calling in the experts – and by this I mean the experts from Interpol, before or after Interpol recognised Selebi as a celebrity and not a scumbag OR get in the British crime busters. But NOT a half baked South African crime squad lead by PortNet. Safmarine used to be a credible company and to this day I have no doubt that under Maersk Moller they are just as credible – I think the way Portnet of South Africa went about directing their cadet training is damned suspect. Was anyone thinking or was this essentially another quick scheme under the ‘previously disadvantaged umbrella’. In all seriousness, you want to train young females to become officers you do NOT put them on a ship full of men. It’s like putting a lamb in a lion’s cage. What you do is complete some research first before condemming them to a life which is supposedly bliss which may include living with a bunch of Eunochs.
I was angry when I read that article. I still am. Whether or not the C/O is implicated – take away the temptation. A young girl needn’t have died as a result of this most stupid directive/scheme I have ever heard. I do too have an idea that the media has overblown this entire story but the facts remain. Females do not belong at sea on a merchant vessel unless the proper research has been done and they are protected. Sending them to sea the way I understood this article and possibly still do understand it is a sure way of putting them also on the endangered list. The merchant navy does not have the strict codes of discipline which encompasses the military. As I mentioned before, no ship’s master would under normal circumstances condone this lunacy. Get your act together PortNet.
Jeepers I cannot for the life of me understand this mindset. But then again, watch this space – the media are playing a game here, a very foolhardy game in which I doubt there will be no repercussions.
We will keep our readers informed about beautiful, young Akhona Geveza’s untimely death. Our sympathies go out to her family, friends and colleagues.