[Marxism] Lucky Dube

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Oct 19 14:21:21 MDT 2007

Crime and Corruption Lyrics
Artist(Band):Lucky Dube

Is it the bodyguards around you
Is it the high walls where you live
Or is it the men with the guns around you
Twenty four hours a day
That make you ignore the crying of the people
Farmers get killed everyday
And you say it is not that bad
Policemen get killed everyday
And you say it is not that bad
Maybe if you see it through the eyes
Of the victims
You will join us and fight this

Crime and corruption

Do you ever worry
About your house being broken into
Do you ever worry
About your car being taken away from you
In broad daylight
Down highway 54
Do you ever worry
About your wife becoming
The woman in black
Do you ever worry
About leaving home and
Coming back in a coffin
With a bullet through your head
So join us and fight this

Crime and corruption


NY Times, October 20, 2007
Reggae Star Killed in South Africa Carjacking

JOHANNESBURG, Oct. 19 — A team of gunmen shot and killed Lucky Dube, an 
international reggae star and one of the nation’s best-known musicians, 
in an apparent carjacking attempt late Thursday that underscored the 
continuing peril of violent crime here.

As the provincial police commissioner appointed seven veteran 
investigators to chase down the attackers, President Thabo Mbeki called 
on the nation “to confront this terrible scourge of crime, which has 
taken the lives of too many of our people, and does so every day.”

The police said that Mr. Dube, 43, was shot by three hijackers in 
Rosettenville, just south of downtown Johannesburg, as he dropped off 
his 15-year-old son at his brother’s house. Mr. Dube’s son was in the 
car at the time, they said.

The hijackers fled after Mr. Dube crashed his Chrysler into a tree. He 
died at the scene.

The principal opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, said that “the 
circumstances surrounding his murder again illustrate that violent crime 
in South Africa is out of control, and that the government’s remedies to 
address this scourge have failed.”

South Africans have reduced the murder rate by 41 percent since the 
nation became a democracy in 1994, experts say, but the pace of murder 
and other violent crimes remains among the world’s highest, and attacks 
on both ordinary citizens and high-profile figures, including 
politicians and the police, are a daily occurrence.

The government has committed to reduce so-called contact crimes, in 
which criminals confront their victims, by 7 percent annually. Figures 
for the last annual reporting period, which ended in March, showed 
declines in attempted murders, assaults, rape and in several other 

But homicides rose to 19,200, a 3.5 percent increase, reversing a 
longstanding drift downward. Aggravated robberies, in which criminals 
assault as well as rob victims, leaped by nearly 6 percent, to more than 
126,000. And carjackings of the sort that killed Mr. Dube rose 6 
percent, to a level not seen in four years.

Those increases reflect a disturbing shift toward violence by certain 
kinds of criminals, said Dr. Johan Burger, a 36-year veteran of the 
South African Police Service who is an analyst for the Pretoria-based 
Institute for Security Studies.

“This is a change for the worse,” he said. “A psychosis of fear is 
spreading, and this has dangerous, dangerous implications if it is not 
stopped. I’m not at all convinced that we’re doing the right thing at 
the moment.”

While both politicians and the press were demanding more police officers 
to combat the rise in violent crime, he said, South Africa already 
exceeds international norms for the number of police needed for its 
population. To reduce the violence, he said, the nation needs to control 
illegal immigration, especially from war zones, which has fed a 
population of destitute aliens with military training and experience 
with violence.

He also said the nation needed to reduce the vast gap between the 
nation’s wealthy class and a jobless underclass that has little hope of 
climbing out of poverty except by crime.

On Friday, Mr. Dube’s Web site, www.luckydubemusic.com, said that his 
death “leaves a great void in the music industry as 25 years of music 
suddenly ends in tragedy.”

Mr. Dube began as a singer of traditional African songs but swept to 
international stardom in the 1980s when he began singing reggae. He 
recorded 22 albums during his career and played with Peter Gabriel, Seal 
and other Western singers, but he spent most of his time in Africa, 
where his base of fans was strongest.

He is survived by a wife and seven children.

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