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Scenes from a car window

25 January 2013, 07:30
Today, on my way home I witnessed some Third Force activities.

Not the usual SAPS - 'Looking for illegal Zims, guns or bribes' or the JMPD - 'We will find something, unless you buy me a Coke' road blocks but an even more mysterious force named Gauteng Traffic Police.

Why did they draw my attention, you may ask.  Well, may be the fact that some uniformed members were practising their version of martial arts on two taxi drivers freshly pulled over.  While I cannot venture a guess to the exact exchange that led to the GTP so bravely defending themselves, I do ask if we need yet another band of semi-hooligans with guns, badges and the power to enforce 'the law', one Madiba-note at a time.

Before we have professional policing entities with proper leadership, political independence and an actual pride and understanding of 'serving the community' other than a way to line their own pockets, I refuse to see any of these groups for anything other than the farce they are.  Apologies to the few for who this is a true calling, but people don't go digging in a basket of rotten apples to find a good one.

Hey, maybe that explains the crime and road death problems we seem to have ... just maybe.  

On the flip side I must admit that at least the GTP don't hide behind bushed (bushes is where you practice Jujitsu) and that a 'wider girth' makes a hip throw so much more effective.
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