Outrage and anger on Facebook

2012-08-23 00:00

MORE OUTRAGE and anger.

These were the sentiments expressed on a Facebook support page for members of the Durban Organised Crime Unit who are allegedly on the wrong side of the law.

A status update posted on the page just before 11 pm last night said that the arrested members of the unit were “fine and in good spirits”.

“They have plenty of food and blankets so please don’t worry.”

“General [Johan] Booysen has asked me to please let you all know they are all doing well and thank every one of you for your support.

The person who posted the message urged members of the page to show their support in court today. “It would be so welcomed and appreciated by each and every one of our heroes,” the post read.

One of the supporters, Marcus Pillay wrote: “General sir, stay strong. You are the biggest threat to the state. They are shaking in there (sic) boots by your presence and knowledge of the rubbish they are up to.”

Jacques van Heerden said the arrests were about “public humiliation”.

“A circus ruled by criminals. What a disgrace! This is not about seeking ‘justice’, but about public humiliation! Show them and every hard working policeman what would happen if they dare stand in the way of politically connected criminals!”

Conrad M. Gouws said: “This has become a witch hunt and these people will not rest until everyone associated, even in the smallest bit are humiliated.

“Would love to see how many witnesses at the end of the day are totally independent and not having an axe to grind,” he commented.

In another post, Gareth Brissett said he was saddened by what was happening to the officers.

“… Maybe some did cross the line, maybe they never. But come on, they are not dealing with choir boys. How can you send a mouse to a snake fight,” said Brissett.

“The truth is we live in a violent country. We all want to believe we are safe when we put our heads on our pillows. How we are safe is because of a select few,” he said.

Supporters have again been urged to turn out in full force when the men appear in court.

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