Attending court in Pretoria, Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane sauggests we should support the victims of crime. A statement ostensibly targeted at the family of Reeva Steenkamp.
Firstly, have you noticed it's an election year? Nomvula is a politician. There's a trial, with cameras and microphones all over the shop, and all the free publicity that goes with it. In true ANC style, the premier is preying on the misfortune of others, for her own ends.
Secondly, and here's the rub, I wager that by next week, the premier will no longer be in court, having milked the media to her satisfaction.
Lastly, and the gist of my missive, is that Nomvula is two-faced. Her housing MEC, Humphrey Mmemezi was swanning around in his official car, driven by the appointed VIP driver, when the vehicle struck Thomas Ferreira on his motorcycle. Young Ferreira suffered various injuries, the most serious of which was brain trauma. His road to recovery will be long and arduous.
At the time, there was Nomvula, as per usual, profiting from others' suffering, going on camera, proclaiming the government's benevolence, and stating that she would cover the Ferreiras' costs.
Subsequently, she and her government have backtracked, stating that the Ferreiras' sole means of recourse shall be the Road Accident Fund. But let us not forget... Mmemezi's driver was found guilty of reckless driving. As such, Ferreira is a victim of crime, one committed by an employee of the state, in the course of official duties. If Nomvula was serious about supporting the victims of crime, she would not be backing away from her moral (and most possibly legal) obligations.
Until she (wo)mans up to her responsibilities, I'm afraid, dear Steenkamp family, our premier is stringing you along for a ride, to benefit only herself and her party.