In this season of peace and goodwill I seriously resent it when activities by representatives of a particular ethnic group fill me with disgust and loathing, and turn me into a born-again racist.
Firstly, we have a person with the inappropriate name of Innocent Chamane who heads the logistics unit of the Metropolitan Police for Durban, and has issued a directive that all police dogs and horses no longer fit for duty due to age or injury must be taken to the SPCA to be put down. He has overridden the custom whereby handlers should be allowed to keep them – understandably, a deep bond is built up between such officers and animals – under the justification that ‘by the book’ these animals were ‘assets’ and that they had to be destroyed when no longer serviceable.
Although this order has now been put on hold after an outcry, it is disturbing that a person of this calibre should hold a position where it is possible for him to issue such a disgusting directive in the first place.
Secondly, our tenant, after drawing the month’s rental from a local bank a couple of days ago, was attacked at a stop street when driving home. The car door on the driver’s side was opened and a knife held to her throat – causing a gash – while another piece of walking garbage opened the opposite door and snatched her handbag. The pair then made off.
It is a sad reflection on the current state of affairs that her main reaction was one of gratitude that her baby in the back had come to no harm, and that she hadn’t become a victim of car theft, kidnapping, and rape and/or murder.
Thirdly, an elderly fellow garden judge has just been rugby-tackled by three brave warriors while entering her front gate on foot after garaging her car. She hit her head on a wall and sustained an arm injury, but fought them off nonetheless. In the scuffle, her bag came open and her mobile fell out and was smashed. They still managed to wrest the bag from her, and then made off with her cash, cards and personal documents.
Given the demographics, is it reasonable to look upon these incidents in a racist light? Unfortunately, yes. It emerges strongly that this group does have a far greater proportionate propensity for behaving in a brutally callous manner, turning to violent crime, and towards violent behaviour and destructiveness generally. It is not even as if their own actions are inspired by racism – the elderly and infirm in their own group are also ruthlessly targeted.
Having got that rant off my chest, I shall now strive to regain a mindset appropriate to the Season. It is so sad that this part of the year is seen by the criminal classes as a prime time for taking rather than giving.
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