DA candidate: Sorry for Facebook rant

2011-05-13 08:59

Johannesburg - A Democratic Alliance local government election candidate apologised after threatening and hurling insults at metro cops on his Facebook page, The Star reported on Friday.

Carlos da Rocha, who is a candidate for ward 66 in their Betrams/Bez Valley area, is said to have exploded on Facebook after he was fined for not wearing a seatbelt.

However, he said, it was a silly mistake made more than two years ago - which came back to haunt during the election silly season.

Da Rocha allegedly wrote: "You know ma china very soon im gonna let one have it (referring to metro cops) with a pick handle. its coming and its closer than they realise...(sic)"

Another update read: "I feel that these metro cops are a bunch of faggots..."

He apologised unconditionally for his remarks. He said he was sorry he had embarrassed "his family and the DA".

"No one who knows me will believe I had any intention of offending anybody. I am not sexist or anti-gay.

I was angry at the time because metro cops stopped and fined me for not wearing a seatbelt, yet they were ignoring the window washers who harass and threaten motorists all day long at intersections," he said.

"If I offended anyone, I apologise - the community does not deserve that. We all make mistakes, and I said things that no politician should say."

  • 1gascan - 2011-05-13 09:05

    Well done Da Rocha - the DA don't need your type... Besides, the whole part of having the DA running the WC, is to ENSURE law enforcement - you obviously don't agree with these sentiments? It was your own fault!

      Pencilgraffiti - 2011-05-13 10:12

      Agreed 1gascan - It's good that he apologised but the fact that he has that sort of threatening "I'm gonna be in power soon" means he has the exact same mentality as the ANC bigheads.. He needs to be demoted and start his political career from scratch. It's a shame that the DA hasn't withdrawn his campaign already. Politicians who think they are above the law need to be fired, doesn't matter what party.

  • Maki - 2011-05-13 09:10

    The DA has absolutely no respect for Law and now evidently Law enforcement officers. It is sad that these people try and keep him safe by demanding he wears a seatbelt, only to have him want to kill them with blunt objects. Really is this the sort of party worth voting for?

      Bloodbane - 2011-05-13 09:13

      @Maki - I agree with his comment 100%, metro are not cops, they are a bunch of fat idiots with no respect for law or people.... just like the ANC... as to metro keeping people safe BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

      coolwaynie - 2011-05-13 09:13

      An ANC voter would shot the Metro cop...or the other way around...

      1gascan - 2011-05-13 09:14

      Maaaaaaaaakkkkkkkkkiiiiiiii!!!!! The sushi dude! Funny how you immediately generalize about an organization when 1 person stuffs up?! DA this, DA that. Well, NEWS FLASH! If every person had to do the same for the ANC, there wouldn't be enough paper or typing space to list the issues...

      Andy - 2011-05-13 09:15

      This coming from an ANC supporter who's president was up for how many counts of fraud and rape? Too bad he never had his day in court because of connections eh.

      Jakkals - 2011-05-13 09:15

      But it is ok when winnie has no respect for them???????

      Patrick - 2011-05-13 09:17

      Maki, why dont you bring up the thousands of law breaking incidents we read about daily, committed by ANC politicians? I would say one incident from a DA candidate against thousands from the ANC is odds that favour voting for the DA.

      sefeddt - 2011-05-13 09:18

      Winnie Mandela did not show much respect when she was stopped by the police and she was backed by ANC. Lead by example, all citizens are equal, just some more equal than others.

      Maki - 2011-05-13 09:21

      And no one here can see that what this person did is WRONG??

      DeonL - 2011-05-13 09:21

      He at least admit his mistakes and said he was sorry, when last did Zuma say he is sorry about Malema's rantings?

      Anonymus - 2011-05-13 09:22

      that is rich considering your ANC are bunch of conniving, thieving & self enriching goons. The DA at least can admit and apologize if they do something wrong. the ANC just follow the fools handbook 101 - deny deny deny... eish

      Matt - 2011-05-13 09:23

      @ Maki - like the ANC MPs who speed like crazy and don't get fined, or don't stop, or intimidate the law enforcement.. this is ONE DA vs LOADS of ANC... @ Bloodbane - yup I agree with you - I respect authority but I loathe the SA Police - fat pigs who hide in bushes with their camera, then claim they'er enforcing road safety... then radio the next roadblock to stop you and then sollicit a bribe... as long as they have cash in their pockets, they don't care if we live or die! We got broken into in March, the crooks left fingerprints and DNA samples (blood) and they STILL have done nothing... too busy bleeding motorists dry! BTW hoped you liked the stuff on the link I gave you a few days ago :-)

      Matt - 2011-05-13 09:24

      @ 1gascan "If every person had to do the same for the ANC, there wouldn't be enough paper or typing space to list the issues..." No, if every corrupt, law-hating ANC MP was printed on paper, there would be enough bog paper for all the unenclosed toilets in Viljoenskroon for a year!

      truerealist - 2011-05-13 09:27

      At least this guy can apologize. Other politician don't seem to know the word sorry, always make excuses like apartheid, did not know, past legacy, and on and on. Sorry does do wonders!

      Point Blank - 2011-05-13 09:27

      Hey Sir Troll Maki, wasn't Jackson Mthembu caught, arrested and convicted of drunk driving? My point? He too apologised unreservedly for his behaviour and we forgave him. So shutup and go troll and article.

      PikeLee - 2011-05-13 09:31

      @Maki. So then what are your comments on Winnie Madikizela-Mandela,and all the other criminals in your govt?

      Sello - 2011-05-13 09:33

      Where does this notion that ANC leaders are corrupt but DA leaders are jesus clean. This only shows how steretype the nation can be. This also makes one wonders if we can be one nation. We will always be divided along racial lines. We owe it to ourselves as citizens to be united. No leader in this country can enforce unity if us, the citizens, don't want unity. Let us be factual and use logic and marit as our yardstick. Let us saw the seeds of respect if we want to build this country together.

      Jakkals - 2011-05-13 09:34

      Maki, Why are you never so quick on the draw to judge when one of your own commits the same? Is it because you are too embarrased to admit to it or do you just not give a ... - Either way, because of your one-sided judgements none of your rants hold any water.

      myancmyfutur - 2011-05-13 09:34

      Oh come on Maki he's DA, he's above the law. Those are not cops so he cannot just be stopped. Winnie's driver also broke the law. He's driving an expensive car so even if he doesnt were a seat belt its no cop's business. I like the response of Da Rocha's supporters. You go DA

      Andy - 2011-05-13 09:37

      Damn Maki, its like talking to a brick wall. Your too stubourne to even consider what others are saying. Its true what they say about IQ levels...

      mufasa - 2011-05-13 09:44

      @ maki Like the Police who did there job and pulled Wini over? and then the ANC got them suspended and had to move to another town to stay employed with SAPS.... really tjom. did you not read that DA wants to make a PE metro more jobs safer area? or are you just blind again? this is the comment of one person who commented not with rational thinking as it was clouded by anger. he did apologize and he will be forgiven.... he and the DA is not like the ANC who still complains and blames white people to this day for there short comings... please grow up.

      omgwtfnews - 2011-05-13 09:45

      Maki - pity you can't reply to the reasons why most people think Metro are incompetent. And no this is not to say that all officers are. It is obviously just a small percentage. But the city fathers are to blame for the lack of effort in rooting out these corrupt few with taint the force. AN other party needs to take over and fix that which the current administration is unable to do. Democracy101.

      Bloodbane - 2011-05-13 09:45

      @Maki - at no point in time did I mention SAP, I mention metro. I have full respect for SAP. most of my friends are of where part of STF and national intervention unit. I have no respect for metro. Again you fail to read and comprehend, Typical ANC supporter. Matt, sorry I lost the link please resend it, I need a good laugh today ;)

      Matt - 2011-05-13 09:50

      @ Maki - are you an ANC MP perhaps? Fact - JHB traffic is bad. Fact - half the time the robots DO NOT WORK. They get fixed, sometimes THREE WEEKS LATER. Fact - recently a lot of robots were out because people were stealing sim cards and making free phone calls at OUR expense. Took them MONTHS to work out what happened and to block the sim cards. Fact - there are NO COPS to be seen at intersections when this happens. Or, they are there, SPEED TRAPPING - get out of the car and direct the traffic you lazy pigs! Fact - JHB cops give you tickets for not stopping at a stop street, even if you DID stop. Fact - the only reason they were giving fewer fines a couple of months ago was because JHB Metro RAN OUT OF PAPER 5 MONTHS BEFORE. Fact - cops all over SA hide in bushes so they can take your picture and fine you - instead of doing it in the open so people actually slow down and thus enforce road safety - no, let us all speed and kill each other, as long as the police make enough money from fimes. And those, Maki, are a few reasons why JHB residents HATE the police. If they actually caught criminals, enforced the roads honestly and visibly, we would respect them a lot more, I would respect them a lot more. But the police we have commands NO respect and deserves NO respect. And that's what you get if you vote ANC.

      Kpt_Keyboard - 2011-05-13 09:57

      maki u bloody fool!!!! why dont u go comment there where jz talks about your ancestors or where ur people killed that poor little girl!!!! u support that remember!!!! u r 1 of them!!! this idiot only choose the topics where the badmouth the DA and then he says wortless crap like this!!!

      WhiteEagle - 2011-05-13 10:04

      Maki, my brainless sheep, most cops in this country act like gangsters with selective policing and always looking for lunch money.

      Loud n Clear - 2011-05-13 10:21

      Those fat overweight ever-hungry buffalo's in uniform are a disgrace but nevertheless a real reflection of the politicians and municipal managers that put them there. First thing they do when they stop you is put their grubby paws in your window "bakhand" for a bit of grease.

      Matt - 2011-05-13 10:44

      @ Bloodbane:

      steven jessop - 2011-05-13 12:10

      dude do you have nothing better to do than post comments about the DA seriously!!! get a life!!! your beloved anc dont do anything for anyone except themselves. and its scary that you cant even see that

      RobertKay - 2011-05-13 12:32

      I think the ANC mob can take credit for being the biggest lawbreakers in the country. Do just whatthey want when they want, and if they need more, they "organise" more. Maki - you're talking out of the top of your head.

      comgensa - 2011-05-13 15:15

      Retarded much? Sounds like the pot calling the kettle blac... you know the rest. Guys like this should make you want to go out there and educate your fellow man/woman about democracy and what a 1st world country is like for the sake of all South Africans, even the ignorant ones

      k53 - 2011-05-13 15:28

      the DA and ANC are two sides of the same coin. There's a DA MP on trial as we speak for rape, and no1 says a word. I feel for SA, we are in deep trouble with the DA and ANC in power!!

      Kholekile Swartz - 2011-05-13 17:11

      I think that many South Africans do not uphold the Law irrespective of their political affiliations. Its a tragedy to see how many people argue on this platform with "political blinkers" on. I don't care if you are a DA, ANC, or COPE supporter; there is no justification for breaking the Law. Please fellow South Africans, stop trying to justify any acts of misconduct because of your political preference and lets all have respect for the LAW and condemn all acts of misconduct, because nobody is above the LAW. This is the kind of spirit I promote for our country.

      Aluicius Jones - 2011-05-13 20:12

      Hey twit - show us all the DA candidates with no respect for the LAW - Then have a look at your cANCer party - they think that they are above the Law.

      Steve Wonderboy - 2011-05-13 21:25

      With regards to some comments regarding traffic officers hiding to catch motorists speeding, firstly we are not children. Cars are not toys. No one should need to see a cop to drive responsibly. Every day I see motorists speeding in suburban areas because they believe no one is watching, or they feel like clowning around. Please grow up. You are putting peoples lives at risk with your behavior. If you get caught by stealth I say tough on you. You should know better.

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  • Slapper - 2011-05-13 09:14

    How on Earth could the DA allow this person to remain in his position? It makes a mockery of everything the DA stands for. He should get the boot immediately and publicly.

      Spoofed - 2011-05-13 09:18

      Because it happened 2 years ago and has come back only now during election time... don't you read?

      Andy - 2011-05-13 09:22

      I agree he should have a public disiplinary but not to loose his position. This was 2 years ago and it was done in a fit of rage, all he did was express it on his personal FB page. He didn't hurt any one and has apologised. We've all said something we didn't mean to say when upset, its human nature unfortunatly. If he had actually physically harmed the cop then he should loose his position.

      Matt - 2011-05-13 09:26

      @ Slapper, sure, but by that same token half the ANC should be fired too. Alas... nope, hasn't happened

      Point Blank - 2011-05-13 09:29

      Jackson Mthembu is the ANC spokesperson, after he was caught drunk driving... we forgave him. This happened 2 years ago, trust me there is no need to flog this rooten corpse again. Problem with SAn's, flog a hourse till there is nothing but bones... move on.

      DeonL - 2011-05-13 09:34

      He needs a warning at least.

      mufasa - 2011-05-13 09:49

      he Should be sentenced to community service, cleaning cells for the police!

      DW - 2011-05-13 10:15

      Slapper, I have no doubt that he will get disciplined in DA. However this was a rant 2 years ago and has now been dug out just before elections - why did no-one comment before? I guess it is because it is election time. You are right that this is not what the DA stands for. When will people learn that you cannot make stupid comments on Facebook and expect that it wont come back to haunt you. It is an open, public forum. It can affect your job prospects and can even result in you being sued. This was a stupid move and hopefully a few people will learn from it.

      Loud n Clear - 2011-05-13 10:31

      Mufasa, you can be his "wyfie"

  • CM - 2011-05-13 09:18

    DA take action on this guy, you have to set a precedent, you are no better than the ANC if this goes unpunished, regardless of the apology. Such a strong reaction when you are completely in the wrong, no good.

      DeonL - 2011-05-13 11:49

      This happened 2 years ago, (also the facebook writings) before he joined the DA.

  • Eric West - 2011-05-13 09:18

    Is this supposed to negate the case of the convicted fraudster who is #3 on the ANC's list in Stellenbosch? Lame, to say the least!

      Matt - 2011-05-13 09:28

      But that's the ANC, who are above the law and apparently above God's judgement because JZ is apparently God... if you actually have an ANC member punished for crime, it may be racist... Get these criminals out!!! The DA chap did this 2 years ago, apologised, which is a darn sight more than the ANC has EVER done

      Papsak - 2011-05-13 10:46

      We are dealing with a DA candidate numb skull!! Stick to the facts. The dancing madam must come out publicly to condemn the behaviour of this thug who wants to be a counsellor. A pity the poor traffic cops in Joburg!

  • neo_acheron - 2011-05-13 09:19

    Well, his feelings aren't isolated, I do not like metro cops either for many reasons. But they are just doing their jobs and trying to keep everyone safe most of the time. For the times they are being idiots however, like on the N1 every morning not doing anything about pricks taking advantage of the emergency lane (often they take advantage of the yellow lane too, without lights or sirens), I absolutely loath them and wanna rant and rave about it too. Its just that I am not important enough to be noticed... Luckily my car yells at me constantly when a seatbelt is not connected while the car is moving, it got me out of trouble many times, coz I used to forget the damn thing a lot.

  • Barry - 2011-05-13 09:22

    I am waiting with baited breath for Mr. Malema to issue a statement regarding this. Hold your breath

      Matt - 2011-05-13 11:24

      Malema would sing "kill the DA chap". Unless the policeman turned out to be white, in which case he'd sing "kill them both". Here's hoping Malema has a DNA test and shows his grandpa was Frikkie du Toit, so that he can sing "kill me" and the queue to do so will be longer than at the 1994 elections

  • Mad man - 2011-05-13 09:26

    The well trained DA bastard thought he was in Cape Town where bribery of the Metro cops is a daily bread - unfortunately he was in the world class African City under the ANC clean management. Does what always happens to DA morons and their tunnel minded supporters

      Andy - 2011-05-13 09:34

      Have you ever visited a 'world class' city? Take a trip to London or New York to see 'world class'. Until you have, you can't make comments like this.

      Felix - 2011-05-13 10:04


      mm - 2011-05-13 10:11

      My my Mad Man, how sad your life must be to be so consumed with hatred for other humans. Let me tell you, you are NO better than ANY of the worst apartheid offenders, consumed with hatred for people different than you.

      Matt - 2011-05-13 10:48

      @ Mad Man - go to JHB CBD and tell us again this is world class. Sewage flowing onto the streets at least 1x per week. Or, during municipal strikes, you can't drive on the roads because of the rubbish emptied onto them, and bin bags by the taxi rank piling up 4 metres high... But of course, that's what ANC voters get. Vote for rubbish, get rubbish. (and no Mad Man, I don't support DA but they're a darn sight better than ANC)

      DeonL - 2011-05-13 11:02

      The only bribery in Cape Town recently was done by John Block ANC heavyweight of Kimberley, I see he is getting a promotion? He was on the same podium as Malema and Zuma, he should be in jail.

      Kikmi - 2011-05-13 11:50

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHA you flippen genious!! TUNNEL MINDED??? Wow, ANC really has ruined out schools havent they? NOte: World Class description - Ranking among the foremost in the world; of an international standard of excellence; of the highest order Now Im sorry my boy, this country's good and all at the best of times but world class? And where exactly did you find out that the guy grew up without a father that you call him a bastard? Lank smooth you legend you... PS THis is all very very sarcastic - and if you dont know, here is a link for the definition of sarcastic: Much Love xx

  • EkEnDjy - 2011-05-13 09:26

    In all fairness, he has apologised. So it's no longer up to him whether his/their supporters forgive him or not. Silly offense, with drastic post actions can shoot in the foot. Therefore, he has to prove his worth now.

  • Al - 2011-05-13 09:30

    Firstly the cops were within their rights to stop and fine him as he was breaking the law! Secondly he should accept that and thirdly the English in this report is shocking: Carlos da Rocha, who is a candidate for ward 66 in their Betrams/Bez Valley area, is said to have exploded with on Facebook

      Eric West - 2011-05-13 09:34

      It's called "affirmative action journalism". :)

      GinSA1 - 2011-05-13 11:51

      News24 pay their Journo's per story and an incentive if they manage to get the story out first, so that's what we get. 1/2 stories, badly written by imbeciles fresh out of college, or in fact still busy with their 2nd rate Journalistic Certificates or Diploma's.

  • Matt - 2011-05-13 09:31

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Zuma Dimwit with a half brain... Zuma power!

  • FaxM8 Fax - 2011-05-13 09:32

    I cant stand metro cops either , but the LAW is the LAW and applies to everyone

      Smaal - 2011-05-13 09:40

      Unless the metro cop wants a KFC burger and Coke.

      Matt - 2011-05-13 09:53

      @ Smaal - the pigs must just save time and money by having their roadblocks right nextdoor to the KFC - that way it saves them driving there to spend their bribe money

  • Teal - 2011-05-13 09:34

    This is small fry when compared to drug trafficking, kidnapping, murdering, illegal tendering, that certain ANC polititians have been CONVICTED of in a NEW South African court of law! My word Maki are you guys (ANC - With the level of blindness you show you can't be supporting anyone else) grasping at straws! You can deny it all you like, but with the level of urgent last minute campaigning and mudslinging coming from the ANC (yet to present evidence when they say things like Cape has worst municipalities), they are afraid of something...very afraid. Oh,ja..what was that a few years ago when ANC laughed at the thought of DA winning Cape Town, and then laughed at the thought of DA winning the Western Cape...Well laugh some more my ANC 'friends'...

  • paulmandlankosi - 2011-05-13 09:36

    I was angry at the time because metro cops stopped and fined me for not wearing a seatbelt, yet they were ignoring the window washers who harass and threaten motorists all day long at intersections," he said. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- I am sure you also want those window washers to vote for you.

      RVQ - 2011-05-13 10:13

      @Maki, you do know those millionaires are all ANC leaders? Don't believe me? Do some research on how many BEE deals are awarded to companies owned by ANC members or their families, even Malema is a director of a few companies. They then steal most of the money and built toilets with no walls in CPT and BFN. Then blame the next guy when it's time to own up...

      DW - 2011-05-13 10:29

      Paul have you ever had those window washers walk up to your car trying to distract you while they look to see if there is anything inside worth smashing the window for? They spray dirty soapy water on your windscreen even when you tell them not to, and then swear at you when you wont "pay up". They should be removed as they are breaking the law. However the DA councillor was in the wrong and should not have used others breaking the law to justify his doing so. And he was stupid to comment on Facebook - in an open, public forum it can come back and bite you. Your comments on this forum could come back and bite you one day as well - are you aware of that? What if a prospective employer did a Google search on your name and saw some of your comments on News24? Be very aware that it could backfire on you one day and ensure that you moderate your comments accordingly. Just a friendly suggestion

      Matt - 2011-05-13 10:51

      @ DW - I learned a trick from someone. Apparently, if you don't want your windows washed, switch on your wipers when they head for you. This is a sign to them to stay away. I tried it at Bruma and Grayston Drive and it really works! Of course, they wouldn't be at the robots washing windows if it weren't for the ANC stealing all our money and giving people like this 100% fkl.

  • Da@Ismile - 2011-05-13 09:36

    @Maki, leave this people alone, let them comment whatever they want to comment, they will not gonna take anything from ANC. They are not even gonna vote for DA, talking is just cheap.

      omgwtfnews - 2011-05-13 09:47

      Why don't you just focus on the facts instead of being a cheerleader for some political party.

      Teal - 2011-05-13 09:50

      yeah, sure! the DA has not lost a seat to the ANC anywhere in the country in 5 years, while the ANC on the other hand have lost a number to the DA. Swallow that bitter!

  • Claude - 2011-05-13 09:38

    Hey, the way I see it he is just simply taking his frustration out on metro in general. Fine him for the seatbelt 100%, its the other 999 of nothingness that metro do that gets to the public.......

  • WillF - 2011-05-13 09:39

    I refuse to vote unless he is off the list. What is good for the goose is good for the gander. If he is really sorry he will step down... It really was not that long ago. Everyone rants when some ANC official doesn't respect them - well the same goes for all politicians. We donlt need politicians like that from any party - so who is going to set the example?

      mike - 2011-05-13 11:40

      wow, are you some pathetic dude

      DeonL - 2011-05-13 11:51

      It happened before he joined the DA.

  • JMan - 2011-05-13 09:39

    This was MORE THAN 2 YEARS AGO....!! Just sayin.

      HueyPNewton - 2011-05-13 10:00

      Ja, and Jimmy Manyi made his infamous "coloureds" statement more than a year ago. Just Saying.

      Matt - 2011-05-13 10:57

      And has Jimmy Manyi been made to apologise + get fired?

  • mamakalami - 2011-05-13 09:40

    This is the attitude held by most of us. We think we have a right to be heard because the channels are there and available for us to vent out. We have a right to physically and verbally abuse another because we can. Whatever happened to shutting up being golden??? Especially where you are not protecting your rights or someone else's? It is an offence not to wear your seat belt - if caught shut up and face it like a man or woman.

      Maki - 2011-05-13 09:46

      Ye and to add to that. Where in this world can you get away with threatening a Policeman?? Even as a joke it stinks. I doubt he was joking. It says something about mindset. This is the same party that is screaming about crime levels and ANC doing nothing. Now they employ a man who scarcely 2 years ago was threatening murder of police...And when you try to explain this to DA supporters, you hit a brick wall.

      Bloodbane - 2011-05-13 09:56

      Maki - I sorry you seem to have fogtten winnie threating police, she gets away with it... does this mean only ANC are allowed to threaten police, and once again just to get it into you skull, they are NOT police they are metro! never mind that his threats where a way of expressing his anger... at no point in time did he or would he have carried out his threats, unlike your ANC twits who commit reall crimes day after day....

      RVQ - 2011-05-13 10:00

      @Maki, what this man has done is wrong! BUT tell me what about the convicted drug dealer that gets paid leave? That is clear as day proof that the ANC has criminals working for them! If the ANC believed in JUSTICE they would have fired her with a ticket straight to jail (Don't pass go, Don't collect "200K"). Looking forward to your reply...

      ConcernedMom - 2011-05-13 10:01

      I think his actions were wrong and I still won't vote for the corrupt ANC!!!!!!!!

      Kpt_Keyboard - 2011-05-13 10:03

      plz dont refer to the police as policemen!!! they r everthing but men!!!!!!! just police!!!! they give a gun to a low IQ fool with mental issues that was bullied at school and then he thinks he can do what he wants to!!!

  • Mike - 2011-05-13 09:41

    Hmm so he's not anti gay either? So where's his apology to the gay community then?

  • Bennie - 2011-05-13 09:45

    In the old days you could never bribe a metro police now its common practice with the anc cops so dont speak about whats right or wrong

      Mgayi - 2011-05-13 14:38

      But metro cops don't get paid a salary hence they rely on tips from road users hihihihi

  • Psalm - 2011-05-13 09:45

    GOODNESS, people! It happened 2 years ago. Yes, it was not smart of him to rant and rage against proper enforcement of law, but it seems that this is not his current view. He uttered a stupid comment- he has owned up to his lack of judgment, he has apologised unconditionally AND he has not tried to misuse law enforcement provisions to cover his butt (like an ANC comrade would have done). NOW, I am more irritated by the ANC representative in North West (yes, the toilet saga one), who SMILED AND GIGGLED ON CAMERA as she said "No Comment" to an e-tv journalist. Does she think the irregular awarding of a tender is FUNNY???? Well, I am NOT laughing!

      Matt - 2011-05-13 11:28

      @ Psalm, the ANC hate the poor blacks, they only claim to care when they want votes... sadly, they could spit on a person's grave and they'd still get their vote

  • Leoni Boshoff - 2011-05-13 09:45

    How bored must that person have been who came across this nonsense. We all rant on facebook and later regret it - He's only human. Rather an outburst on facebook than corruption in parliament

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-05-13 09:51

      One of his friends reported it to the media.

      mm - 2011-05-13 10:13

      Leoni, as a public figure he has a responsibility NOT to rant publicly

      Oryx_ZA - 2011-05-13 13:48

      he was not a public figure then. This is the danger of facebook....i admit i got drunk 10 years ago and it comes up for a work interview today....yes i know facebook has not been around for that long...but the idea carrys

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  • Born To Fish - 2011-05-13 09:51

    Carlos da Rocha you should be fired for stupidity! Why don't you go AND VOTE ANC! STUPID!

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-05-13 10:02

      Sadly there is many of his king amonst you

  • Anthony - 2011-05-13 09:52

    Next time Carlos, rather just put on your prettiest frock and wear the seatbelt. Sad that you think you are above the law. Another thing that politicians should not do, over and above shooting their mouth off.

  • NommerEen - 2011-05-13 09:53

    I actually prefer it when a politician says his say and not just read prepared boring speeches .......speak from the heart.......

  • Charles N - 2011-05-13 09:58

    Is it legal for metro cops to: 1: Sit in the middle of the highway on top of the concrete barrier? (Surely this is a big health and safety issue?) 2: Lie on the ground under camouflage with a camera at night to do speed traps? (William Nicol outside Bryanston High School)

      Matt - 2011-05-13 10:59

      Or hide in-between bushes (KZN, N3, any given time)? Or have a roadblock around the corner, so you can't see them (Primrose, Churchill Street just past Vryburger, lately it's every couple of days)? Road saftey my @rse. They want MONEY.

  • Anthony - 2011-05-13 10:01

    Next time Carlos, just put on your prettiest frock and wear the seatbelt. Sad that like so many politicians you think you are above the law. It just another one of those things that politicians should not do, much like shooting their mouths off.

  • mm - 2011-05-13 10:08

    I say fire his ass. The DA should not tollerate anyone within their leadership that loses it like this when he gets angry. As a ward candidate he has a responsibility to be and act professional, always. Unlike the ANC who spew their personal feelings and hatred publicly all the time. Like I've said before, you are allowed to feel any way you want about anybody - that is the beauty of living in a free country. But if you have strong personal feelings against ANYONE in the country, whether it be whites, blacks, gays, cops, zulus, whomever, and you are in a leadership position, you keep those personal opinions and feelings to yourself, or your closest relatives, you do not go and spew them publicly and irresponsibly, as you represent a lot of people, even those you hate. So I say do what the ANC never does, fire him, and get someone better and more proffesional. And do it PUBLICLY so that people can see you do not tollerate these things in your leadership, unlike Zuma who sits quietly while Malema calls whites criminals. Irresponsible.

      GinSA1 - 2011-05-13 11:56

      Yep yep yep yep yep - come on DA - prove to your supporters (me included) you WILL not tolerate this from any of your Candidates

      DeonL - 2011-05-13 12:24

      This all happened 2 years ago before he joined the DA.

  • virtualv - 2011-05-13 10:10

    why the hell do you if you are in politics post things like that on FB come on! and why did you not delete the post off your wall.. ?? hmm silly bugger!

  • WhiteAfrican - 2011-05-13 10:11

    Christ what is wrong with you people? This poor guy made one mistake, years ago. And you guys wanna boot him out and who knows what else. WHAT ABOUT THE ANC AND ALL THEY HAVE DONE? WHAT ABOUT THE HIACE DRIVERS WHO RULE THE ROADS, AND POLITICS.. WHAT ABOUT ALL OF THAT? Everyone makes mistakes! He didn't murder, he didn't steal, he didn't harm anyone. ffs

      Maki - 2011-05-13 10:17

      Dude get real. Most black people are very scared of violent white people. Remember we have a history? I saw my father beaten by White Police they stopped when one asked "Is hy dood?". When White politicians get "Violent" I guarantee they will not get ANY support from us. This guy has done more damage to the DA cause then most of you will realise.

      mm - 2011-05-13 10:25

      Just because the ANC does it does not mean it is ok that everyone does it. If he loses his head over something that happened 2 years ago this bad, can you imagine what happens if he is in office and faced with a major issue. His personal mistakes is an embarrasment to his party. Fire him

      WhiteAfrican - 2011-05-13 10:27

      Maki shut your face You never have anything useful to say. And you never get anything right anyway.

      TheSteve - 2011-05-13 10:34

      I say the DA, whom I support, should investigate and if the apology is genuine, accept and move on, the Man was silly to post on facebook, but that is not the point, he is just human, it is almost a nice thing to realize that we human. The difference is the Man has apologised, HAS Malema aplologised for calling whites criminals yet?

      Matt - 2011-05-13 11:01

      @ Maki - stop generalising. I got beaten up for being English in Holland - white on white. But I don't blame every Hollander, nor do I fear them.

      DeonL - 2011-05-13 11:09

      Maki the DA does not get close to all the damage that ANC has done in many places in SA the last 17 years. Corruption and wasting money runs deep in the ANC.

      Matt - 2011-05-13 11:30

      I think Maki knows full well how rotten the ANC is, but votes ANC because of skin colour. Dude, if you have to vote "black", there are the UDM, NFP, COPE, PAC, AZAPO, go mad

      mike - 2011-05-13 11:48

      I agree with Maki - he is not an anc cadre therefore he does not deserve a second chance. I think that he should be publicly flogged ( i mean physically not on something like this blog) and then hung, drawn and quartered and the remains fed to the sharks.

      Born To Fish - 2011-05-13 13:15

      Maki, and I saw my brother being beaten and kicked by black men! What is your point?

  • virtualv - 2011-05-13 10:14

    i have see the Metro police break the law themselves on several occassions, so i hear his rantings but as a politician he really should not be making public comment on this! if metrol police pulled me over i would be scared to stop to be honest.. i have seen them beat and harrass people.. innoccent people! and corruption is also rife there!

  • 1gascan - 2011-05-13 10:17

    @Maki - a personal challenge to you: Please comment on Winnie, Manyi, Zuma, Mthembu that people have listed as a response to your post. You keep dodging the arguments, and are therefore making fruitless statements. Please please please can you defend your ANC, I want to see what your views are. If you don't answer, that is fine, I will just assume then that you fully condone the actions of the ANC and are truly here to just talk nonsense. Lets see if you have the stones to defend them...

      Maki - 2011-05-13 10:31

      You are correct. Some of these people have thrown stones and petrol bombs at the police. It was part of the struggle which I was under the impression was forgiven on both sides in 1994? Now in peace time you are saying that cause Winnie Mandela used violence against police in 1981, It is fine for the DA to advocate beating police, in peace time , in 2011? Maybe I am missing something. To the best of my knowledge Jacob Zuma was never MK. And I really cannot comment on whether Manyi or Mthembu actively engaged SAPS or SADF (If you know I am keen to hear?). Does this settle it?

      Bloodbane - 2011-05-13 10:37

      @Maki - no it doesnt... what about all the service delivery protest where ANC members has attacked police, all this post 94'. ALl becuase of lack of delivery by your ANC... please comment on that... I need a good laugh

      Maki - 2011-05-13 10:49

      Service delivery protests are a big scar on our democracy and in fact is probably the single biggest threat to the country as a whole. President Mandela promised everyone a house. He meant it. I dont think he contemplated the time it will take. People got restless cause they wanted faster results. The ANC taught us to misbehave to overcome apartheid so , when challenged people resort to a tactice that brought success in the first place. This is not an issue which any of us take lightly and in all honesty is a potential powder keg waiting for the proverbial match. We have now stopped asking revolutionary thinkers to plan Service delivery, and have handed that task to skilled businessmen such as Mr. Sexwale to tackle. There is only so much money in a year, so you take the amount of money needed, divide by available and that will dictate the speed of Service Delivery. Trust me when I say we are looking at all angles to overcome this. Comrade Malema is of the view that the mines should be nationalised to speed up process. There is no easy and pain free solution I am afraid. In fact I invite the DA to give us a magic wand to solve this, they too will concede that it is not easy to solve.

      1gascan - 2011-05-13 10:49

      @Maki - thanks for responding :) First off, I am referring to post-1994, I understand the history, and unfortunately cannot be accountable as I was not around pre 1980's, but lets debate about today and now - the past is the past, and we need to continue healing as a nation, not further divide it! 1. In terms of Winnie, the reference to her actions recently when she resorted to violence(verbal abuse) based on the legal duties that two police officers were carrying out - people want to know why she can get away with it? What puts her above the law? 2. Manyi made a reference to coloureds that further divided SA racially, regardless of the context that it was used in. 3. Zuma, THE PRESIDENT OF SA that went to trial for fraud, rape charges and sits quietly whilst Malema mouths off to crowds (and in the next breath when interviewed says that it is Malema's personal view and not the ANC's) - surely he should put a stop to some of the comments made a certain points? 4. Mthembu - ANC spokesperson convicted of drunken driving. Putting your life and mine in danger. What I am trying to argue, is that there seems to be no accountability for actions. As my very 1st post stated - Da Roche caused this himself and does not belong in the DA with such actions - he needs to be held accountable for what he did - regardless of the nature of the issue. Enforcement will never be respected until all the bands play the same tune. Just a thought! Thanks for the response!

      Matt - 2011-05-13 11:06

      @ Maki - I understand there are older generations who were "made dumb" pre-1994. But there are so many people in squatter camps who are young. I ask, and I may be naive... why can't they just WORK? Even if, somehow, they DESERVE an RDP house, why doesn't the ANC just pay for the bricks and stuff, and make them build it themselves (with guidance, so that it gets done well)? Many people have to go to work, slave for 8-9 hours a day, spend 2 hours a day in traffic, struggle to pay the rent... what makes them so different? In Namibia I hear they had a policy; they would build RDP houses for the locals, and in return the locals had to perform menial duties for X years as a payment. Hence Namibia is not filthy like a lot of SA is. Is that fair? Maybe if the ANC contemplated this, the RDP houses would get built a lot faster and nobody has to live in their own filth?

      Bloodbane - 2011-05-13 11:14

      @Maki - dont need the DA to gove you a magic wand, I will tell you a secret one that all intelligent people allready know, this is what you have to do. Stop corruption, stop stealling, stop the nepotism and get people who know how to do the job. Stop thinking that only black must be hired, because if they cant do the job you wasted your money. If the ANC had followed those simple suggestion we would not have this problem.... but you are right ANC taught people to be animals and cirminals and now they are behaving like that and you still think the ANC is the way to go??? they only know how to steal and destory... they have no clue how to work together and do things within the law and within the rules.... it's sosimple even an ape could figure it out,, so please tell me why cant you?

      mamakalami - 2011-05-13 11:54

      Being a member of any political party does not change a person. All these labels are superficial and mean nothing in the bigger scheme of things. People use these labels to push forward whatever motivaters are at hand. One of the biggest motivaters for human beings is FEAR - which can bring forth all sorts of symptoms - anger, greed - for power or material possessions. Thoughout time - human beings have always attached themselves to groups that gave them some form of identity to push their agendas. This means nothing because the political party will be gone tomorrow but the human being will remain with fear, greed and lust for power. The only things that do change are the faces - yesterday they were white oppressing black - today they are mostly black greedily consumming resources they think they deserve. It is the same thing - a group of so called humans in little red hats preventing the other from enjoying what God has given so generously. All in the name of FEAR!

  • Pfffft - 2011-05-13 10:25

    NEWSFLASH!!... The anc has finally organised a team that works! The dirty tricks dept.

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  • Papsak - 2011-05-13 10:36

    WHAT??? I thought DA stood for high values now they are fielding a candidate who clearly doesn't believe in the rule of law. Clearly this man believes in violance and beating people up (including law enforcement officers). Worse his preferred tool of trade is a pick axe handle - how deadly!!

      Matt - 2011-05-13 11:31

      Appaerntly, being a criminal gets you votes... look at the ANC

  • avhasei - 2011-05-13 10:38

    he made mistake and he apologise. all politician makes mistake whether DA, ANC or PAC. They are human not saits.

  • Malcolm - 2011-05-13 10:45

    The apologyu is appreciated, but me thinks thAT apology or not, The DA can do without this chap. We need to adhere to law enforcement, particularly when they are doing their job.I think the ANC needs this chap. He appears to have the correct credentials for their party.

  • TheSteve - 2011-05-13 10:46

    And here is the official DA response (cut from there Website): DA response on candidate Da Rocha James Selfe, DA Federal Chairperson 13 May 2011 I have noted news reports concerning threatening and derogatory comments made about Metro Police officials on his Facebook page in 2009 by a DA candidate in Johannesburg. I wish to be very clear: the comments are utterly unacceptable to the Democratic Alliance. The DA is implacably opposed both to discrimination against gay South Africans and threats of violence directed at law enforcement officials or anyone else. Having said that, the following needs to be taken into account. First, Mr Da Rocha has made an unreserved and rather abject apology for his outburst. Second, the comments were posted on his Facebook page around two years ago, before he was associated with the DA. Consequently, I will ask the Gauteng provincial leader to provide Mr Da Rocha with a mentor who will be tasked with further educating him about the DA’s principles and policies and guiding him in his work should he be elected a DA councillor on Wednesday. If Mr Da Rocha ever makes similarly unacceptable remarks as a DA public representative, he will be charged with bringing the name and reputation of the party into disrepute and his membership terminated.

      avhasei - 2011-05-13 11:06

      you are realy a DA member, hes not going to win this ward after this, replace him now or we will vote ANC.

      Felix - 2011-05-13 11:35

      Whatever avhasei, you work for the anc. How about you fire every member of your party who has been convicted of a crime, put some decent candidates in their positions (who don't call each other comrade) and maybe we'll think about voting for your party.

  • Anonymous Thinker - 2011-05-13 10:49

    Another politicaim who clearly feels he should've been above the law. Well done to the Metro cops!! DA should also fine him for such unbecoming remarks and donate it to Metro Police fund.

  • june16 - 2011-05-13 10:50

    typical of DA swear at them, fix it during election campaining. too late for apologies my china.Viva malema

      omgwtfnews - 2011-05-13 11:14

      Malema is nothing but a tshirt, china.

      Felix - 2011-05-13 11:36

      toilets & taxiranks buddy.

  • Steen - 2011-05-13 10:57

    This shows that every party has its own rotten tomatoes.

  • k53 - 2011-05-13 11:02

    Surprise, surprise!! funny that when a DA person is lawless, it's not a big deal. Check the MP who's on trial for the rape of a teenager, no1 is asking 4 his head 2 roll!!! as far as I'm concerned, the DA is just as bad as the ANC!! They are both as filthy as the open toilets they provide the poor!! I wonder who I'm gon vote 4 next week!!

  • Chang Yi - 2011-05-13 11:02

    have always thought the SA white folks are smarter...Geesss how stupid they are!!!!! they compare the racist DA's work to the super natural power ANC...and say they are good and yet they only run one province while ANC runs the whole country. They talk about one municipality in Gauting yet ANC runs so many of them country wide. Can't you see that when you have little to handle you do it so well and faster...I DON"T THINK DA CAN RUN SA...forget it..ANC, you have my precious vote!!!! We are taking back CPT come the 18th...

      RVQ - 2011-05-13 11:22

      Would you put the lives of your children in the hands of a surgeon/doctor that has never seen matric let alone a university? The problem with the current leaders is they don't have the skill set to manage the country. If they made an effort to educate themselves understand how politics works some won't go around making stupid statements... Anyone remember that quote from Mbeki's bother?

      Felix - 2011-05-13 11:40

      Hmmmmm Tshepo is that you?

      Megiddo - 2011-05-13 11:52

      You are absolutely right Chang Yi, all the DA really has is fantastic PR about what they have actually accomplished and people fail to pay attention to the huge inadequacies and partiality in their efforts. They took what was already good and made it great.....I'd like to see them getting their hands dirty helping those who need it most.

      RVQ - 2011-05-13 12:03

      @Megiddo "They took what was already good and made it great....." -- so in your words if the DA ruled this would be a great country, thanks for clearing that up :D

      Matt - 2011-05-13 12:44

      "They talk about one municipality in Gauting yet ANC runs so many of them country wide. " "runs" has a silent I. Visit Germiston and see what your glorious ANC has done...

  • Papsak - 2011-05-13 11:03

    As a gay person I am beginning to be worried with the DA, how can they field candidates who clearly hate us? These signs are worrying. My message to all gay people in this country is simply that we should get WORRIED.

      RVQ - 2011-05-13 11:14

      You should be more worried about the uneducated masses that believe in corrected rape and other barbaric methods... Words may sting but punches and kicks break bones...

      Felix - 2011-05-13 11:41

      Have you met our ambassador to Uganda?

      Oryx_ZA - 2011-05-13 13:46

      sorry...but considering the "correctives" rapes that are happening in the township its larger then the DA or ANC. It is fueled by ignorance which can affect the educated and uneducated. However i think on a scale of threats, gay folk are not on the top...more likely foreigners hold that honor. Sad world...

      Stateman - 2011-05-13 14:35

      This guy apologised looooong ago for this, you are really a papsak

  • Janine - 2011-05-13 11:06

    What an idiot! Not wearing a seatbelt is illegal. People washing windscreens are just annoying. Glad that I don't have to vote for him.

      Warren - 2011-05-13 17:58

      Are you for real??? Every person in the world that has ever driven a car, with or without a drivers licence has received a fine at some point in their lives!!! (& rightly or wrongly lost their cool about a driving incident at some time). Well, everyone except umm... YOU. I bet you don't even fart!!!!!!!!!

  • zolani.nonxuba - 2011-05-13 11:07

    This shows DA policies are not for poor south africans , The window washer at the robots are trying to make a living not to commit crime.

      RVQ - 2011-05-13 11:12

      And the ANC's policies are only geared for tenderpreneurs looking to make a quick/easy buck? Like getting tenders to build toilets for their husbands and never finishing the job?

      Totman - 2011-05-13 11:36

      ...and it can be a plot to pull my attention away from a possible hi-jack or he can, as usual, damage/scratch my windscreen and car by not being properly equip to do the job or gets me into trouble with the guy behind me because I am waiting for him to do it properly and the robot is already green. If you believe they do a good job you don't drive a car our your own vehicle!!!![that you care for]

      Matt - 2011-05-13 12:46

      Zolani - the reason they are washing windows - by force (they throw water on your window, even if you shout "NO" - then expect money) - is because the ANC cannot provide them with jobs, they are starving to death and living in their own rubbish... On the flip side - I would rather have people try to sell bin-bags at the robot than go out and steal. At least they're not living on welfare like in England.

      DeonL - 2011-05-13 13:58

      Thieves also try to make a living, they are both illegal, so is begging.

  • Matt - 2011-05-13 11:17

    Newsflash! Jacob Zuma just nationalised Builder's Warehouse after he heard they had a half-price deal on showers...