How Dare Truth-Loving Maduna Allege he can Trust the Media to get it Sew Rong?
Extract from The Diary
When I was a young woman – and
I was young once, you needn’t snigger – if I wanted to do something like,
say, smoking dope or staying out all night, and suggested it to my mother in a
tone of voice implying that I probably would not be allowed to do so, she used
to reply: “ Do as you please, and if anyone tries to stop you, call a
Her riposte, along with others
of hers, such as “Yes, today is Sunday, and it will be so all day” and
“neither a lender nor a borrower be” have become part of the family
heritage. They are summoned up by her children at family dinners and reunions,
quaint reminders of those days gone by when there were bobbies on the beat, even
in Cape Town’s Adderley Street, Sundays were days of rest when we trooped off
to church, not the local casino, and if you wanted a loan, you turned to
friends, not to banks that specialise in interest rates that come perilously
close to usury.
But I note with interest that my
mother’s riposte about the policeman has now become the stock in trade of our
own Penuell Maduna, the minister of justice. Like my mother, Maduna really has
become enormously fond of this particular bit of repartee.
Earlier this week, Judge Willem
Heath of the special investigating unit – remember him? – said that he had
been sabotaged by the government and Maduna in particular. This had been done,
Heath averred, by Maduna seeing to it that the unit received very few
presidential proclamations (those things without which the unit could not launch
an investigation). Heath also said his telephones had been bugged.
Maduna’s riposte was that if
Heath had had any complaints, he should have laid a charge at his local police
station. I also seem to recall that Maduna mentioned during the height of the
arms probe brouhaha that if any subcontractor felt aggrieved, he too should go
and lay a charge at the nearest cop shop.
In my humble experience some of
the fellows at local cop shops have considerable trouble taking down the details
of a car theft.
So how, I wonder, would they manage with a statement
about weapons systems and mine sweepers? But let that pass.
With acknowledgment to ‘Karen Bliksem’ and the Sunday Independent.