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Elite cops assault club patrons

2011-03-13 18:26

Johannesburg - A controversial special police unit – already implicated in a host of crimes, including murder – has been caught on CCTV showing its members stomping on ­the patrons of a bar, jumping on one, pouring alcohol on people and kicking and slapping them.

City Press has obtained CCTV footage of the police tactical response team bursting into CJ’s bar in Hillbrow last month, where they ­assaulted, intimidated and threatened patrons.

Some police officers wore ­balaclavas and others were armed with R5 assault rifles.

It was the second time this year that the unit has raided CJ’s, witnesses say. They said the first time police threw teargas into the club and then hit, slapped and kicked ­patrons.

No patrons were arrested in any of the raids and no drugs or guns were found.

The owner of CJ’s – Mauritius-born Raj Itburren – has accused the team of “terrorising” him after he laid a charge of assault against the unit ­following the first raid.

He claims he lost partial hearing in one ear after being slapped by an ­officer on his head when he demanded to know why they were raiding his premises.

He says he was also beaten on his knees with a baton.

Death threat


A Hillbrow police sergeant who ­happened to be at CJ’s during the first raid was allegedly beaten up and kicked by members of the unit, and has also laid an assault charge against his ­colleagues.

City Press was told that he was threatened with death if he persisted with his charge.

Last week, the sergeant said it was “better for him” not to speak to City Press. He requested that City Press didn’t use his name and wouldn’t elaborate on the threats against him.

National police spokesperson Sally de Beer said it was a provincial matter and referred City Press to Colonel Neville Malila, the provincial commissioner’s spokesperson.

Malila confirmed that three assault cases were opened at the Hillbrow police station after the raids and that a police officer had claimed to have been assaulted as well. No arrests have been made.

Murder charges

The elite team was set up in 2009 by police boss General Bheki Cele to apprehend armed and dangerous suspects.

But it has rapidly developed a brutal reputation, and some members are facing ­murder charges.

The raid on CJ’s comes two weeks after tactical response team members were involved in a brawl at late-night Johannesburg restaurant Catz ­Pyjamas, during which they also beat up patrons.

Their actions resulted in four ­members being suspended ­pending an investigation.

City Press has confirmed that ­footage of the CJ’s raid was shown to ­senior Hillbrow police officers shortly ­after the incident – and charges were laid against unit members almost two months ago – but no action has been taken.

The CCTV footage at CJ’s shows:
» Heavily armed officers ordering patrons to lie down on the ground;

» Officers stepping on patrons’ backs;

» Officers throwing beer and liquor over patrons;

» Officers kicking and slapping ­patrons; and

» Women being pushed around and slapped.

Retribution

Itburren says there was no need for the second raid and it seems as though it was nothing but retribution for the charges he laid against the ­officers after the first raid.

He says his turnover has dropped by 70% since the raids.

The tactical response team has ­allegedly been ­involved in several ­similar raids in Joburg over the past few months and is accused of conducting a reign of terror across the city.

A Jeppe club owner – who preferred to remain anonymous – said his ­patrons were also forced to lie down, after which cops threw beer over them and stepped on their backs.

Comments
  • Slapper - 2011-03-13 18:30

    Another example of an ANC controlled Police state. I use the word controlled very loosely, as its doubtful that these guys can even control corruption, which is their forte.

      Jayjay001 - 2011-03-13 19:31

      Let's leave the ANC outta this, let's correctly label it government. I think we'll only start getting change happening in our country when we stop with all of this simplicity stuff and actually look at the situation to hand. What we have here is police force corruption, as was seen before and which will be seen for years to come. We need to drive our government to dealing with the situation, we as South African citizens vote for them we need to press OUR government to do something about it. Why on earth is it always this us and them, we're South African, we're either a part of a problem or part of a solution. the minute we refer to "them" it's us trying to say we're not part of the problem.

      Valis - 2011-03-13 19:41

      @Jayjay001: So who is the government then? Not the ANC?

      Pencilgraffiti - 2011-03-13 20:08

      @JayJay - Nicely said. Eventho it's an ANC majority it is still OUR Government who WE pay with OUR tax money. Hence OUR problem. This split-personality business of us-them is how Government gets away with murder. Nevermind what party is running the show, they still work for US and should be held accountable. Cele himself and every member of that unit should be suspended with unpaid leave until this is resolved and if doesn't get resolved then the blame and accountability should fall to Mister Mthethwa.

      OuWitBooi - 2011-03-13 20:13

      @JayJay - Ask yourself whether Cele is head of police because (1) he has had a long and distinguished career in policing, or (2) he has proven himself to be an excellent administrator with a history of good governance, or (3) he sided with Zuma in the Mbeki vs Zuma battle and is being rewarded for his political affiliation. If you can answer this then you will understand why people see this sort of police fiasco as ANC activity.

      Boerseun - 2011-03-13 20:37

      JayJay, wake up, the ANC does not even recognize that there is a diffrence between state and party. This partly to blame for the bad things happening.

      Bloodbane - 2011-03-14 07:47

      @Jayjay001 - actually no, we are a dictatoship run by one polictical party. that party the ANC controls all in goverment in is responsible for detroying the police and setting up gangs of bullies. if you cant figure that one out I suggest you start opening your eye and stop listening to propoganda

      lean - 2011-03-14 15:06

      Boss General Bheki Cele is a gangster, his elite team is a Legal Government Mob...

      Ockert - 2011-03-14 15:11

      The ANC's GESTAPO ?, why leave the ANC out of this THEY are the Government

      Jayjay001 - 2011-03-14 18:20

      Here's what's the problem in our country, we have this ANC Black and DA white simple picture. As a Whitey myself, I countlessly cannot forget the amount of times that I'm simply shocked at fellow Whiteys who haven't a clue about the good work the ANc has done in SA, or who simply remained the true propaganded troops who the minute you say government they scream ANC and who simply will not even hear anything of the ANC and whose arguments remained flawed while debating with our fellow South Africans. The ANC I cannot stand myself, NOT for them being a so called Black man's party but because they're implementing renewed racist policies. The Rainbow Nation the Freedom Charter espoused has been thrown away by the ANC and now it's Nationalist rhetoric all over again. The struggle for equality never ended back in 1994, it simply became the reverse skin Colour. What battle we have on our hands is to scream for equality and a Rainbow Nation, which NO political party in South Africa truly represents

  • Bubbleblower - 2011-03-13 18:36

    Just a small glimpse as to what lays in stall for us in the future, unless we all stand together and vote for change!!

      Dougalan - 2011-03-14 09:12

      Correct. Once can see the influence of megalomaniac Cele behind this. He has the ambitions of a typical African dictator - power no matter what the cost. And a dodgy background as well (R500 million headquarters etc). The informed, intelligent people of all colours in South Africa need to stand together and take action NOW against these future Mugabes and Idi Amins. They do not deserve to stay in power. Vote them out, the sooner the better.

      63Starlight - 2011-03-14 11:45

      Nice idea, but unrealistic. The majority will always vote ANC. They are the ones that need to change their vote. The minority can vote till they're blue in their faces. Nothing will change. AND to make a sweeping statement that "WE" voted for the government stands to correction. No "WE" did not vote for the government. Considering its our hard earned money they steal and "WE" voted them in then I would like to put "the government" on notice. This is their final written warning.

  • braamc - 2011-03-13 18:36

    It is an filthy force!

  • maverix - 2011-03-13 18:40

    why not post the video ????

      ZoemDoef - 2011-03-13 18:59

      I agree, this should be posted on youtube

      Ghecko - 2011-03-14 07:24

      News 24 are you too chicken to post the video

      MP3 - 2011-03-14 08:06

      they're too busy deleting naughty comments...

  • Perfume - 2011-03-13 18:44

    Sorry to say the majority of cops are LEGAL GANGSTERS....what elite cops are these are THEY THE MEMBERS OF FBI, CSI OR WHAT!!!!!!

      devils_advo - 2011-03-13 19:09

      CSI? Thats a forensic department numpty

      Jayjay001 - 2011-03-13 19:13

      Devil - Take the spirit of what Perfume is saying

      Perfume - 2011-03-14 07:55

      @Devil whatever!!!!!!!

      Flee - 2011-03-14 09:01

      OOOOHHH the CSI... The all work with Horatio... cause he knows what he is doing LMFAO...

      Gatvol - 2011-04-25 05:22

      They are elite because they are CRIMINAL SCUM wearing police badges.

  • v3 - 2011-03-13 18:45

    Just what is Cele up to? He has now control over his men

      OuWitBooi - 2011-03-13 18:55

      V3, that is the charitable view. I wonder if he also had "no control" over the lackeys who paid the Public Protector's office an "unannounced visit"? I am afraid I am a bit more cynical than you.

      ruadrauflessa - 2011-03-14 06:57

      It does not matter if he has no control over them. He is paid to have control over them and if he does not he is not doing his work in any case. Point being he is still the accountable party and should be held accountable. I'd say dock his salary with 10% for every such incident reported each month...

  • OuWitBooi - 2011-03-13 18:47

    Hooray for General Cele!!! Making South Africa safe - for the ANC thugs to do whatever they please. Look North Cele, and know your day is coming.

      Gatvol - 2011-04-25 05:26

      He even likened the police force to that of Jesus and His disciples. More like the devil I think!

  • Madelane - 2011-03-13 19:00

    Elite? What on earth is elite about a bunch of Cele's hooligans who like the ANC think that they are above the law. Oh yes.....they have all the examples in parliament and a certain youth league that they need to behave as they please.

  • Buzz - 2011-03-13 19:01

    Maybe CJ's is competition for the general's club?

  • Davorin - 2011-03-13 19:02

    I better check my sources and make an informed statement on the matter... who am I kidding! This is News24 ;)

  • Sally - 2011-03-13 19:03

    These so-called clubs are nothing more than drug dens run by nigerians who in turn are supplied by CIA. No wonder then that the DA/CIA supporters come crawling out of the woodwork when these drug dens are raided

      Hans-Erik Iken - 2011-03-13 19:08

      1) Drug dens? No arrests were made so where do you get your info? 2) Supplied by the CIA???? Get a grip, proof this allegations or STFU with your conspiracy theories. 3) DA/CIA supporters? They are one and the same or different groups? Basically your whole coment is an unsubstatiated rant and adds nothing of value in information. You just wasted your and my time. Nutter.

      OuWitBooi - 2011-03-13 19:21

      "National police spokesperson Sally de Beer said it was a provincial matter and referred City Press to Colonel Neville Malila, the provincial commissioner’s spokesperson." Same Sally???

      Grant - 2011-03-13 20:40

      You been watching too much late night TV sally.

      Crabapple1 - 2011-03-14 07:48

      Are you on drugs, you stupid idiot!!!

      Zee - 2011-03-14 15:38

      Wake up Sally!

      Gatvol - 2011-04-25 05:30

      Earth to Sally~ Come in Sally!!

  • Hans-Erik Iken - 2011-03-13 19:03

    Seems to me that these are not elite police officers but a legalised gang. This article raises a few questions I would like answered (and I'm sure many with me): 1)"But it has rapidly developed a brutal reputation, and some members are facing ­murder charges." The ones facing murder charges: are they suspended for the time being until they have been to court? They should be, but I doubt it. 2)"The elite team was set up in 2009 by police boss General Bheki Cele to apprehend armed and dangerous suspects." Who is their direct senior officer now and has he been suspended or replaced? Apparently he has no control over his men or he puts them up to it. Either way he is unfit to be in charge. 3)"He says his turnover has dropped by 70% since the raids." I would think he can claim damages for this from the political entity that is supposed to be the boss of these guys, be it local or provincial. 4)"The tactical response team has ­allegedly been ­involved in several ­similar raids in Joburg over the past few months and is accused of conducting a reign of terror across the city." If this is the case it would be best to disband the unit and suspend all its members until this has been cleared up or at least replace all the members with untainted cops and a new leadership. And once again there is reason to charge Cele with at least incompetence to do his freaking JOB that he is being paid for handsomely.

      Tom - 2011-03-13 20:16

      Think back some time ago the elite unit of 32 Battalion was disbanded because they were to hard on civilians.etc etc ... Now we have this.. Makes you think

      Bubbleblower - 2011-03-14 09:51

      Well I think we can now "safely" say who the biggest,best armed gang in ZA is.The gang that has the manopoly when it comes to Drugs,extortion,racateering and intimidation! Its the good old boys from the SANPS.. And then they wonder why normal law abiding citizens dont trust them and will rather pay millions every year for private security than have to rely on these F!@#$@g criminals!!!! in the words of a wise man-"Absolute power corrupts absolutely"!!

  • CITIZEN - 2011-03-13 19:04

    SAPS elite unit new name for them general cele since you cant control them "e - every l little ; i - idoit ; t turning ; e - empty " not good enough will think of something beter for the next attack on a club

  • Greg - 2011-03-13 19:05

    I saw these videos two weeks ago and it is only just coming out into the public domain now. Why???

      Vaal Donkie - 2011-03-13 19:22

      Eish, Lekka Intimidation, Terrorisation, Extortion.

      ferialm - 2011-03-14 10:38

      where did you see it greg...

      chrismtb007 - 2011-03-14 16:06

      @ Greg, the video that you saw was a previous one, it was the attack at the catz pajamas, and not this club.

      Greg - 2011-03-14 16:34

      @ferialm: They are freely available on YouTube under "police brutality".

  • Macho Mike - 2011-03-13 19:15

    Hau, bad naughty cops in my beloved ANC SA? Eish, i can't believe. Must be a DA staged and made up video possed by members of the Apartheid regime of 1948.Hau, who could believe such atros-it-ties, she could happen in the new rainbow of SA? Hau, i just can't believe, this she is tooo terrible indeed, just tooo , aiah, just shoking my friend. At the busizess end we are saying that under Boss Cele,cops are corrupt and violent? Hau, i just can't believe dis can happen under my ANC. Good heaven, what next? I just can't believe..........

      Valis - 2011-03-13 19:49

      Nice parody :D But it should be "belif", not "believe".

  • Sheda Hab - 2011-03-13 19:16

    Bheki Cele is a THUG.The ANC has appointed him to lead the police state of SA. He even changed his title to the military rank of General. Libya has a General but we will take you down before you turn SA into Libya.

      Tom - 2011-03-13 20:19

      Libya has a Colonel not a General

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-03-14 08:15

      Jy is dom

  • Vaal Donkie - 2011-03-13 19:18

    Hier komt die Gestapo!

  • Expat - 2011-03-13 19:24

    heehee! South Africa is a sick sick circus

      Cyberman - 2011-03-14 13:18

      I guess that is why you like to read about SA news from the safety of another Country. You expats always have a lot to say..... from a distance!

      Zee - 2011-03-14 15:47

      @Cyberman - I'm sure it's alot more fun than reading it from here in SA :/

      Gatvol - 2011-04-25 05:36

      And Zuma is the clown

  • Fazil - 2011-03-13 19:24

    Time to rise up!

      Koos - 2011-03-14 17:46

      go ahead Fazil,who are you gonna rise up against,we are waiting for any of you minorities to try and rise up.it will be a good excuse to pay revenge against what your old govt did to us since you set your ass in this shores

      CITIZEN - 2011-03-14 18:14

      koos you are an stupid idiot who like to sufferthis stupid govermant who some of us elected are inriching them selfs while you and me must work our asses of for peanuts just to survive and to refresh your mind you suffer more now than in the old regime this new regime is full of criminals who belong in jail and not in goverment i kick my self for electing these clowns into goverment but never again

  • Johan Kruger - 2011-03-13 19:56

    Set up a trap for this motherf@ckers and kick the sh%t out of them!!!!

      Tom - 2011-03-13 20:20

      The videos are there they are trapped yet nothing happened. It would be interesting to see the outcome.

  • Johnny - 2011-03-13 20:04

    you will not publish my comments>

      ferialm - 2011-03-14 10:39

      hahahahahah

  • briansmith702 - 2011-03-13 20:11

    Welcome to cowboy Celes troops. A f****n disgrace to society but what else can you expect from these jungles???

      Koos - 2011-03-14 17:47

      for you to moved to back where your ancestors came from

  • craiggib - 2011-03-13 20:11

    This reminds me of things the SAPS used to get up to in the apartheid days - 360 degrees in 16 years. "Elite" se moer.

  • Hungwe - 2011-03-13 20:16

    A bunch of savages in uniform, lacking brains, training, self-discipline, compassion, pride, and more importantly true leadership - but what can you expect from totally corrupt, with beyond the law leadership as their example - only a continuation of savagery, it's just their clothes and weapons (those of the hated colonials) that are a bit more modern than those they were using during the early 1800s.

  • Chris - 2011-03-13 20:31

    Their is an election this year that has the potential to unseat the ANC in many of the bigger towns and cities. This is the veiled threat of what awaits South African voters at the hands of the General Bheki Cele's thugs should the ANC get thumped at the polls.

      Koos - 2011-03-14 17:50

      listen,stop dreaming not even one party that can unseat ANC,your D.A will only rule Cape cos your got them coloured up your ass

      Gatvol - 2011-04-25 05:55

      Well if that's the case the colourds has a lot more common sense than you do by voting for the party that runs the best province in the country. The leader of the party was voted "Mayor of the year" in 2008 by a worldwide body. Have you heard anything about corruption within DA ranks?? NO! So guess who's got more sense. Who is running the rest of SA into the ground, the DA??

  • Boerseun - 2011-03-13 20:35

    Hit them with 100's of lawsuits, there's not other way.

  • exocist - 2011-03-13 21:10

    LETS KEEP IT COMMING every new complaint against these cowardly bastards is doing the opposition the greatest favour, it's just a matter of time, TICK TOCK TICK TOCK

  • YEBOCOCO - 2011-03-13 21:18

    ZANU-PF Police is teaching very well about the "Elite's" Bheki Cele. ZUMA + MALEMA + CELE = Dictator Mugabe Welcome in the new apartheid era, blacks against balcks, balcks against indian, blacks against coloured, blacks against whites ..... in every place around the World the people aren't learning enough about from their past. SHAME

  • ZAR Minority X - 2011-03-13 21:31

    --- WHEN ARE WE GOING TO STOP TALKING AND START TAKING ACTION..!!!! ---

      OuWitBooi - 2011-03-13 23:38

      18 May

      Perfume - 2011-03-14 07:57

      May 18 we will be shouting not talking :)

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-03-14 08:16

      What action?

      Koos - 2011-03-14 17:52

      what action?against who?

  • bb - 2011-03-13 21:44

    Thats why no one respects or trusts the police in this country.Perhaps the club owners didn't pay bribe money?

  • nelsonm66 - 2011-03-13 22:02

    It's sick, filthy, primitive, barbaric... how nauseating! And all they get is to be suspended? Throw them into a sea of infested hungry sharks!That's what they deserve.

      Cybermatix - 2011-03-14 13:30

      That's not fair. To the sharks.

  • Airwolf - 2011-03-13 22:04

    These so called Elite cops must be real tough guys slapping women around ..

      Waffer - 2011-03-14 09:46

      No, they just prove what true cowards they are, just like the criminal gangs killing old men and women, and three-year old babies, and then hailed as heroes by the ANC. You all need to wake up, this idea of that can't happen to me, yeah, right!!! We are all in big trouble because the ANC government remains at large unchallenged. Come on people, let them know what you think of all this rubbish in the next election!!! Remember, whether you are opressed by a white apartheid government, or a black ANC government, you are STILL being opressed!!!

  • Gloria Gcobisa Gcaba - 2011-03-13 22:36

    Police are gangsters all over SA,they host the same corruption in the village of Ntabankulu in the E/Cape, this is a small town where patrons go to the tarven to watch games and for recreation, they gang against patrons and beat the living daylights out of them for no reason and get away with it, it's barbaric. Why aren't they searching and arrest those they find to have broken the law ?

  • VM1 - 2011-03-13 22:39

    Everyone hailed the "General" when he was asking for a change in the criminal procedure act - of those changes none have been reviewd by yht public yet. Without realising that we have just sold our rights to the "gangsters" in uniform. Unless we change our attitude and police the police we will still have these problems. This a huge outcry now as these thugs now atack the "posh" establishments - this is what the township folk suffer from every week end - without provocation. They will keep on doing it until someone stands up to them in a court of law - not a court of opinion like this forum. I say pick a guy in or take a photograph of him then sue him in his personal capacity - a lesson to his friends on what happens to cowboys!!!

  • pabnel.nel - 2011-03-14 05:53

    Go check it out on youtube - go into youtube then type in the search field "SAPS" then you will see, im glad to see they did something to them.. I will so much hit him back, no two ways about it. Poor dude got kicked in the face when he was trying to take photos of the SAPS while they are busy moering this one bloke. One thing is for sure, I lost the little respect I had for SAPS.

  • BigPig69 - 2011-03-14 06:34

    These snot noses must get their arses kicked! Their selection process opened the door for this crap. Elite my arse when they act like this. Hats of to those coppers that still try their best though, you have hard times ahead of you.

  • ludlowdj - 2011-03-14 06:59

    @Jayjay001 Your true ANC colors are showing through my friend. As for trying to remove the ANC name from Government, nice try, The ANC are the majority power holders with a majority which effectively empowers them to ride rough shod over the rest of the parties. Do not insult our intelligence by trying to diffuse our fact with your fiction in the real world their is not black and white, only shades of grey

  • pirate.1970 - 2011-03-14 07:18

    Jayjay001: You are 100% on the money! Except, the biggest opposition dare not open their mouths and they are classified RACIST! If you oppose the Government, which in essence is the ANC Alliance, you are RACIST or an AGENT, or the KING of the COLOUREDS! The best Minister of finance this country may have seen is being thrown to the wolves - just this morning there is another article about him being involved in "another" scandal. Why now? Yes, we all need to take responsibility and speak with one voice, but with a majority such as with the ANC Alliance, democracy is but a farce and you know it. If there is no resistance from within legislation and administrative actions such as these are steamrolled. That is not democracy. Even if you enjoy such a majority, you have a responsibility towards ALL the subjects of this country. Yes, we may own up, but we need the majority to be informed and to stop accepting all that is done to be ok in the name of retribution. We cannot allow these attrocities merely because we come from a henous past which may even be hailed to have been evil. As a male white African I have hope and will continue to have same and I will support your claim, as long as the majority voters in this country wake up and smell the stinking rat, and those in the know CORRECTLY inform the others without being false. Small groups are not going to move THE GOVERNMENT - that is polital rhetoric. The people need to be true to themselves.

  • JuluisMalema - 2011-03-14 07:26

    Typical of our police officers. If it is not corruption or just making weapons dissapear, they go and assaulting and murdering people. Make's one feel very safe in South Africa, to know the police is this helpful fighting crime like they should. They should be law and control law, meanwhile they live above law.

  • pirate.1970 - 2011-03-14 07:37

    I am sorry, Mrs De Beer, this is just too easy to rid your office of the shame and ridicule, as well as that of the Commissioner whom your are to protect! Why divert it to a Provincial Commissioner purely because it is a "Provincial Matter"? Nonsense, utter nonsense! You have a higher position, there are complaints that were not attended to before, the complaints take ages to be attended to, there is not just one incident or one restaurant/club involved. Don't you think it is a bit more than just Provincial? You will read the comment from the lady at Ntabankulu in the EC. In the rural areas it is rife. In urban areas the situation is no better, with no respect or regard to pure decency and good manners, least to say natural law, rights and constitutional rights. I have NO issue with the police taking a hard, VERY HARD, stance against criminal activity and those involved - if necessary, shoot to kill, I support the Commissioner on that - but this reign of terror on soft targets within the public domain is NOT on! Are we seeing a move towards threatening people into GOVERNMENT SUBMISSION and SUPPORT?

  • Mattewis - 2011-03-14 07:42

    I can't believe that there are still people in this country so stupid that they think the ANC and corruption/lawlessness are mutually exclusive, and that events as described in this article aren't the direct result thereof. Jayjay001 & Pencilgraffiti are probably ANC members, as nobody can be that stupid!

  • alex - 2011-03-14 08:01

    they were probably not getting their "protection fee"

  • Darwinian - 2011-03-14 08:23

    Apartheids New Coat!!!

  • Robbie - 2011-03-14 08:35

    Jayjay001 your naivety is showing... get a lesson in life, the party in the majority is the government and last I saw it was the ANC... wake up, the ANC is vrot and so is it's way of government.

  • Charles Kane - 2011-03-14 09:16

    A few years ago a friend of mine parked his car at Cape Town International airport using the Katanga service. When he got his car back it was scratched, empty and filled with liqueur bottles. He was told to report to the police but shortly thereafter started receiving threatening visits and phone calls from police, advising him to drop the charges.

  • ohsa.online - 2011-03-14 09:32

    jayjay: More chinese for you (courtesy of judgmental) Wa Tapo oosyu Ahh ..

  • Yendis - 2011-03-14 09:50

    Most South Africans don't even know what the word democracy means. You only have democracy if you have a largely homogenous polulation where individuals will vote for the party they think will do the best job. In a country like South Africa where you have different race groups with very little in common historically or culturally and vast race-based economic disparities and a system designed to keep one group in subjugation, voting will predictably take place along racial lines and will achieve nothing more shift power from one racial group to another. The new government will have no interest in building a non-racial democracy, but will carry out their mandate - to take "corrective" action to redress the imbalances with policies that will now favour "their own people". In the name of equality they will put people in jobs regardless of merit and start a long slow process of dropping standards with the ultimate result of levelling all down to an "equality" appoaching the low of the previously disadvantaged rather than the high of the previously advantaged. This is what we now have in South Africa. It is black majority rule masquerading as democracy just like we used to have white minority rule masquerading as democracy. The new government will have total faith that "the oppressed" will keep voting them in "until Jesus comes", as our President has famously proclaimed. If there is no chance of ever voting the government out, it is democracy only in name.

      Cybermatix - 2011-03-14 13:38

      Yendis. Absolutely 100% on the dot. You need to get a Medal.

  • Waffer - 2011-03-14 10:07

    Just a short comment, if there are still any true Christians around, and even those that are not. I dare/challenge you all to go to the website Grace To You - John McArthur's church and read his sermon "Abandoned by God" Part 1 & 2, then you will all know and see what exactly is wrong with this country and the world. BTW, we have an adulterer as a president ...

      Mr Hobbit - 2011-03-14 11:51

      No, he is an indiscrimately fornicating, blasphemous fraudster of a president...

  • Baboon sheperd - 2011-03-14 11:30

    @Valis: Government is ANC and Freedom Front. Do you ever read any newspaper - even if it's Beeld?

  • HomeGrown - 2011-03-14 11:53

    With a president who got away with rape and corruption, what else do you expect from a police force who operate without true leadership? What we have at the moment is an oversupply of politicians who are abusing their positions to obtain lucritive business contracts. This result an oversupply of public servants, who do not serve the public, but their own rotten agendas... steadily influencing and forcing honest hard working public servants into the minority. Bear in mind, the government's 'duty of care'. The above incident (and others) are clear indications of breaches of that duty. So I say: In addition to laying charges, also claim for loss of income and other damages. Make them pay!