I thought it could not get worse! I have toyed with the idea of blogging about our experience last night - I am so damn tired that I don't even know if I am going to finish it, or tell it in all it's detail. I was born and bred a third generation South African and I always try and see the positive side of things. We love the bush and the weather, the lifestyle is great and in a lot of ways we are privileged to live the life we do, but in others - I am disappointed and I'll let YOU be the judge!
We went out for dinner with friends last night. We had no sooner had our dinner, when John received a call from their security company to say that their house alarm had gone off! He left immediately and Philip followed not far behind. Needless to say, on arrival at their house, their was no sign of the security company. John has a fire-arm which he took out (it was in his car and NOT loaded) He proceeded to walk around his property to make sure that no-one was there. In the mean time, the security reps arrived, wearing bullet proof vests and carrying HUGE guns! John has two cocker spaniels and a terrier. The armed response rep wanted to use pepper spray on the dogs, as he was afraid to go onto the property. John was very angry as the dogs were not being a hindrence at all! He pushed the rep away and took the pepper spray from him saying it was not necessary to hurt the dogs as they were not being a problem Ha! That is when all hell broke loose.
To cut a long story short, John was arrested for assault and brandishing a fire arm around! We spent all night at the Honeydew Police Station. Eventually I went home at about 01h30. Philip went to the Randburg Police Station with Cindy, as they have no cells at Honeydew and they were NOT going post bail or release him! Philip got home after 3! Poor John is still in jail! They cannot get hold of the only detective on duty to arrange the court time and only the magistrate can post bail! It's an absolute joke! The best part is, they made NO effort to find the criminals. Here is a man, protecting his home, and he is treated like a common criminal. The police on duty were RUDE, ARROGANT and OBNOXIOUS to say the least! I have lost ALL faith in our policing system!
In a country like South Africa, we have a wonderful constituion! Most people have rights and most are protected - most that is, except the law-abiding, tax-paying citizens! It turns my stomach and makes me ask the question ... what the HELL are we still doing here?