Hit the road, Radovan

2013-11-17 10:00

Dear Radovan,

Please excuse the familiarity of using your first name, but you’ve made yourself so thoroughly at home here in South Africa that you feel like part of the furniture.

The problem is that familiarity, as the saying goes, breeds contempt.

And, Radovan, we here in South Africa have a great deal of contempt for you.

Your arrival in South Africa was marred with controversy.

Since you arrived here, your name has frequently been in lights – the sort of lights associated with someone who stands accused of being a major gang lord whose associates very frequently end up dead.

You insist you’re just an honest businessman, and that shadowy forces are conspiring to drag your name through the mud.

This week, you asked Talk Radio 702 journalist Mandy Wiener: “Do I look evil? I’ve done nothing wrong in my life.”

You went on to say: “My suburb Bedfordview is very close to my heart ... South Africa is the best country in the world to live in.”

We certainly agree – this is a great place to live. But there’s a great deal of work to be done before we can rest on our laurels.

For instance, we need to fix our police service.

Now, your detractors say that you have police officers in your back pocket and that is how you stay out of legal trouble, for the most part.

If this is true – and we know it’s unproven, Radovan (but you’ll forgive us for our suspicions, surely?) – then you are contributing to the rot that has engulfed the SA Police Service.

As it is, we have enough work to do in building the justice system we deserve.

So, getting tangled up with foreign businessmen who seem determined to use our cops and courts to keep themselves safe is the last thing we need.

Then there’s the little matter of Bedfordview, whose residents must be rather horrified to find that their suburb now goes by the nickname “Deadfordview”, thanks to the assassinations and executions of those who are all described as your “associates”.

Some residents are so gatvol (have you learnt any Afrikaans in your time here? It means they’re sick and tired) of your presence, they’ve started a petition that your local ward councillor has vowed to take to Parliament.

They’re tired of your presence there, of the questions and the allegations, and of the very real fear you’ve brought to their suburb and to our nation.

Mr Krejcir, December is coming.

Be like all the other Joburgers and hit the road for the holidays – but don’t come back.

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