It’s day­light rob­bery

Finweek English Edition - - Letters - OU ROER

I READ THAT THE High Court has ap­proved the con­fis­ca­tion of mo­tor ve­hi­cles of drunken driv­ers.

The mind bog­gles. How any­one in their wildest dreams can be per­mit­ted to seize a per­son’s as­sets un­der the or­gan­ised crime act for al­legedly driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol is be­yond com­pre­hen­sion.

The act was passed to deal with as­sets de­rived from proven crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties, not drunk driv­ing.

We all ap­pre­ci­ate that a drunk driver is a men­ace to so­ci­ety, and par­tic­u­larly to other road users.

Our po­lice and jus­tice sys­tems have abun­dant scope to deal with the mat­ter.

Ban him from driv­ing for life, jail him, hang him, but re­spect the own­er­ship of private prop­erty. This is theft.

We, the pub­lic, had bet­ter be­come care­ful lest the sloppy work of the au­thor­i­ties turns to stealth and sleight of hand in or­der to achieve their aims. What a way to in­herit a juicy Jeep Chero­kee 4x4, with cor­rupt sher­iffs, auctioneers, etc all on the take.

I be­lieve, given the ap­par­ent record of the lack of in­tegrity and cor­rup­tion of some of our law en­force­ment and jus­tice folk, one can only imag­ine what a can of worms the as­set seizures could open. Then ask your­self where it would stop.

Enough to drive one to drink.

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