This article was originally published on page 6 of Daily News on March 30, 2007
"It may be bad manners to talk with your mouth full, but it's worse if you speak when your head is empty"
What an incredibly profound statement, and one certainly that I think that we as both individuals and even business owners have been guilty of at least once in our lives! I know that I certainly have.
Perhaps it is a wake up call for us to fill the "empty" space in our heads that we all get from time to time, at least with the things that matter before we shoot our mouths off. Let's be aware of what we are doing, to ourselves, our reputations and our businesses, before we open our proverbial mouths to change feet.
Have an awesome week everyone.
If it doesn't sound right, it usually isn't.
Ultimately, we need to turn the talk into action, and whilst I agree in part that many of the crimes committed are by the poor, in desperate need of food and shelter, alot of the crime that is perpetrated, is organized by well heeled 'mafia' type operations to which crime has become big business. These also need to be dealt with. Blaming the poor for these types of syndicates is a load of BS and these people, when caught, must be punished to the fullest extent of the law - this will send out a message to any other's who may be on this particular band wagon and perhaps act as some sort of deterrent.
Here endith the tirade for today!
February 15 2007 at 11:38PM
By Wendell Roelf
President Thabo Mbeki vowed on Thursday to carry out a pledge to reduce the country's high level of violent crime amid accusations that his government had turned a blind eye to the problem.
"I reaffirm that the government will do everything possible to act on what we have promised," Mbeki told parliament less than a week after declaring that tackling social problems like poverty and crime were his priorities for 2007.
Responding to critical remarks by many opposition parliamentarians in a two-day debate on his February 9 State of the Nation address, Mbeki focused on action to tackle crime but said crime could not be eradicated without also reducing poverty.
The government has made progress in combating crime, Mbeki said, but he conceded that more needed to be done. The bulk of violent crimes occur in poor, marginalised communities that have an "almost irreversible sense of hopelessness," he said.
In his February 9 address, Mbeki acknowledged that many South Africans lived in fear of crime and announced plans to expand the police force and give officers more resources to pursue criminals. Opposition parties and the media have accused Mbeki of lacking the resolve and vision to tackle crime, which some believe is spiralling out of control in Johannesburg, the country's economic hub, and in other major cities.
South Africa has some of the world's highest rates of violent crime, including 18 528 murders last year, and has been jarred by a series of sensational crimes, including the murder of a prominent South African historian last month.
Business leaders have expressed fears that, if left unchecked, this could deter tourism and foreign investment in Africa's biggest economy and ruin the country's chances of successfully hosting the 2010 Soccer World Cup.
Unease about the problem and Mbeki's approach to it recently pushed First National Bank to plan a campaign to encourage citizens to write to Mbeki about their experiences of crime. The drive was dropped at the last minute after pressure from officials and business leaders close to Mbeki, according to news reports.
The trade union Solidarity, however, was not silenced when Mbeki's office failed to confirm receipt of thousands of crime-related emails generated by the union's website. On Thursday the predominantly white union arranged for 32 000 letters to be delivered in wheelbarrows to Mbeki's office in the capital Pretoria as part of its "Stop the Murders" campaign."We want to point out to the president that crime is more than statistics, that it's something that affects ordinary citizens of our country," union general secretary Dick Hermann told reporters.
Well now this is an interesting take on things - let's just shift the blame shall we! In terms of this, it is not a murders fault that he/she killed someone, it's the victims fault for being there to be murdered.
Clearly I have the whole thing arse about face!
Let's see now . . . Isn't the whole point of having a police force is to maintain law and order? If we did not have a corrupt society and/or a lawless society, there would be no need for a police force. It was my understanding that the police were supposed to be above lawlessness and corruption, but clearly I have got the whole thing wrong!
Police who take bribes and who break the law, are in my opinion no better than the criminals that they track down and they should be punished in the same manner.
Believe it or not there are some men and women, in blue who are not corrupt and who do not take bribes and who try and uphold the law who are now being tarnished with the same brush as those who participate in these endeavours.
So, acting provincial SAPS Commissioner Mr Bala Naidoo, stop making excuses for yourself and your corrupt officials and instead of wasting everyone's time with these useless meanderings, start prosecuting the corrupt policemen and women and make them examples of what the people will no longer tolerate!
January 05 2007 at 12:14PM
By Miranda Andrew
Corruption among Durban's police forces is alarmingly high. Senior police officers and concerned security analysts agree that corruption is rife in some of the city's bigger police stations. But senior police officers have blamed the public, saying they are encouraging corruption by offering bribes. Experts say that police are so corrupt that most communities would rather trust private security firms than the men in blue.
Durban regional court magistrate Keshore Lalbahadur on Thursday also lamented the plague of corrupt officials. Speaking before taking up his new post as regional court president of the Free State, Lalbahadur said "there are simply too many corrupt officials who are encouraging crime". Everyone had to work together to root out the problems, he said.
The latest soul-searching about police corruption in the city comes after recent reports about alleged corruption at the Sydenham and Phoenix police stations. In December Metro police officers accused some Phoenix SAPS officers of hindering a legitimate police operation against a popular shebeen that has operated illegally for years with seeming impunity. This week the spotlight turned to Sydenham Police Station after a blood sample taken from a drunk driver during a festive season roadblock was allegedly stolen from a secure location accessible only to police officers.
These two cases, and dozens more, are being investigated by the police watchdog, the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD). "The police are the cornerstone of all communities and if that falls apart, then communities live in fear. That is the situation at present," Koos van Rooyen, chairman of the KZN branch of the South African Security Association (SASA) said on Thursday.
Van Rooyen, a former policeman in the Durban North Murder and Robbery Unit, said there was a big problem in Durban and it would never change unless senior management was held accountable. "The problems will never be changed from the bottom up, changes can only come from the top," he said. A recent study by SASA shows that the majority of South Africans trust their private security companies more than the police. "And this should never be the case," Rooyen added. "The authorities should keep the public informed about the outcome of corruption investigations.
This builds confidence in the system and tells other corrupt policemen that they will not get away with it," he said. Meanwhile, acting provincial SAPS Commissioner Bala Naidoo said that for corruption to take place, there must also be corrupt residents involved. "For every corrupt officer there is a corrupt member of public and that's what people need to understand," said Naidoo. Metro police spokesperson Supt Alec Wright agreed that the public consents to such corruption by paying bribes. "Unfortunately, a corrupt officer can tarnish the police image, but sometimes the public themselves are found guilty of entertaining the corruption by offering bribes to police," Wright said.
He explained that officers who have been found guilty of corruption have been dealt with departmentally and even criminally.
This article was originally published on page 1 of Daily News on January 05, 2007
Men who do terrible things to little girls, who think that they will not be found out - I know that we b*&^ch and moan about the police force and how useless they are and how corrupt they are, but there are some in there who are just the same as us, and who want to see justice done and will find the person (s) who did this! But how cruel can they be to stuff her lifeless body into the ceiling of her own home! Imagine the trauma that her poor mother must be going through right now!
My condolences and thoughts are with you.
In my opinion the whole bloody community should be charged with "aiding and abetting" or "obstuction of justice" or anything else that anyone else can think of! And as for being afraid that the "woman may target them" - good grief! Grow some backbone and be counted as a human being for goodness sake!
This is absolutely disgusting!
Isn't this very nice! In the name of corruption and lining of the pockets, SA has once again had to pay billions, not millions mind you, but BILLIONS of additional Rand out for something. How nice for these guys that are lining their pockets at the cost of people who are starving, homeless and jobless! Would this money not have been better spent!
Where are the "Asset forfeiture" people now! Surely they should be raiding like crazy!
I guess some rules only apply to some people!
This is absolutely disgusting! It seems that Joe Public have to check and re-check everything so as not to fall prey to the devious amoungst us.
Shame guys! Shouldn't you give the minister some space, she needs to take her beetroot, her garlic and her lemon juice in peace!
My name is Nikki Viljoen and I own a Company called Viljoen Consulting. I am an Internal Auditor and Business Administration Specialist here in Gauteng in South Africa and I am very good at what I do!
You may be wondering why it is that I have decided to start my own blog and why it is that I call it “When Reality Bites”. Catchy name don’t you think?
Well you see it is like this…. So many of us go through life – usually with blinkers on and then when the brown stuff hits the fan, the most commonly used phrase is “why me?” – my usual response to that is “Well why not you?”. Somewhat harsh you may think, but hell, that is just the reality of the situation.
We all have heard and are familiar with the saying “Knowledge is Power”. Well I would like to disagree with that statement. “Why” you may well ask – well think about it for a moment. If you had all the knowledge in the world – exactly what would you have – certainly not power – in fact I would be so bold as to say that you have …. Exactly nothing!
Okay, so now that I have heard the pin drop throughout the world, in shocked and stunned silence, let me explain myself. The true reality is that it’s not the knowledge that is the power, it is what you do with that knowledge that is so powerful!
This blog is to try and inform you of what is happening out there in the big world. The kinds of fraud, scams etc that are taking place so that you have the Power to prevent them from happening to you too. Articles on what is happening around the world, so that we don’t all have to go on living in a “mushroom” world. It’s not all doom and gloom though as I intend to have some motivational stuff, a few quotes thrown in, some perception altering stuff, some fun stuff in the form of really good jokes and even some of the amusing things that I have done in my life.
So sit back, if you will, enjoy the ride and please feel free to comment about all that is posted, and even some of the stuff that you would like to see posted.
Most of all have fun.
Hoping that you have an awesome, fantabulous day and may the Gods (whomever you perceive them to be) grant you all that you wish for yourself … in great abundance.