I have been very slack about visiting blogs lately.
So, maybe I have missed some posts.
I don’t know how much news you ,guys overseas, see about South Africa.
This week 30 miners died in a confrontation with the police.
It was a killing field.
It was, apparently, about two rival unions.
And the police stepped in to quell the violence.
With tragic results.
30 people died.
And that is unacceptable.
However, there are always(well, almost always) two sides to every story.
Earlier in the week two policemen had been hacked to death.
By the same crowd.
The story is that the police tried to stop the two groups with water canons.
And stun grenades and rubber bullets.
And the crowd still descended on them.
Armed with pangas, knives and (apparently) guns(one being stolen from one of the dead policemen.)
I don’t know about you lot but if I was a policeman, and a huge crowd was descending on me, I would also panic.
Especially if two of my comrades had already been hacked to death.
I am sad.
Not only about the deaths and the violence.
But I feel incredible sadness that our country has deterioated to this extent.
We are supposed to be a democratic country.
But, we have turned into a land of thugs.
Who will resort to violence if their demands are not met.
As for the police force.
While I am sure there ARE good cops the feeling is that a huge number of them are corrupt.
People have lost confidence in the law.
The police force is badly paid.
And top brass have been promoted on the basis of family and friends.
How the hell do we get out of this mess?
And, yes, this is really my blog.
Just in case you were checking the address.
Sometimes I get hot under the collar.
On a lighter side.
How many of you are being inundated with invitations to do sex dating?
And to take Viagra.
At my age the two will have to go together!