Six cops arrested

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Excellent news today: the six police officers who beat Andries Tatane to death in Ficksburg earlier this week have been arrested. Here’s the story reporting the arrests. Now let’s see what happens to them.

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The road to Zim?

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I have frequently commented that elements of the ANC are sounding more and more like ZANU PF and if one looks at what has happened in the police services in the last few years, that worry is increasingly relevant. Consider this: In my last post concerning the Ficksburg man who was beaten to death by police, I noted that  I had :

…heard a little rumour, that has yet to be confirmed, that the victim fancied himself as a prospective councillor. If that is true, I’d like to know if he was (a) one of those removed from the ANC party list; (b) an independent; or (c) a candidate for an opposition party. The answers could be very revealing.

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Strange rumblings

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Something very concerning happened this week. A man, identified as Andries Tatane, was allegedly beaten to death by six police officers during a service delivery protest near the town of Ficksburg, which, ironically, is in the Free State. Even more disturbingly, video footage of the incident was broadcast on state-run SABC news programmes.

SHOCKING: Andries Tatane died on Wednesday after he was allegedly assaulted by a group of policemen during a service delivery protest in Ficksburg. Picture: VOLKSBLAD

With local government elections happening next month, the ruling ANC was swift to condemn and instruct the minister of Police to probe the incident. And we all know how that will go: he’ll set up a commission of enquiry to probe the incident; its members will talk about producing a report within a year or two; and, if a report is eventually forthcoming, it will not be made public.

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Virgin Mobile sucks

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This is both weird and stupid. The only way the average consumer can communicate with a telecoms supplier in SA is through their respective call centres – most of which are outsourced to specialist call centre operations. In effect, that means they’ll take your money but won’t speak to you, ever.

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