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Swift justice for some

2010-07-15 07:30
It is such a pity that the effectiveness with which our alert police force and efficient justice system dealt with dangerous World Cup rogues and desperate criminals are restricted to matters FIFA and World Cup.

How can we forget the speed with which the evil orange skirted marketing pirates were arrested, subjected to vicious interrogation and hauled before our courts; Paris Hilton’s friend hardly had a toke from her zol and she was banned from the country.

To crown it all, right at the end, when one would’ve expected lapses, the ever alert police spotted, pursued and put to death, the agent provocateur who took part in the mockery of our glorious stadiums with the “White Elephant March” during the closing ceremony.

The only blemish on an almost perfect display of police state security – far exceeding the Apartheid regime’s best attempts at securing our country from villains, subversives and communists – was the nasty British supporter who went for a wee piddle with David Beckham in the player’s loo. The unfortunate lapse was however swiftly corrected when the supporter’s co-conspirator, an extremely dangerous British hack, was arrested, interrogated and locked up.

To compensate for the lapse, Jeff Radebe and the esteemed advocate Simelani dispatched their best prosecuting team to Cape Town to deal with this evil enemy of the state. In the end, after the ruthless bargaining, the foreign rubbish paid an admission of guilt fine of R750 and was banned from our beautiful and peaceful shores.    

It makes one wonder why then, days after the final whistle, the zeal with which foreign criminals were dealt with by our courts have vanished, like Hilton's zol.

Why, despite the sterling efforts of Cele, Mthethwa and Radebe, do we have to learn that the attackers of a 68-year-old man from Hartswater had charges against them dropped because of the police not doing their job.

The incompetent and generally lazy officers of the law botched, as so often before, the investigation. The brutal attackers were given back their bail money and they walked away; free men with a license to attack again; to finish the job they started.
It seems crime against a South African cannot be likened to a crime against the glorious FIFA.

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