What if AfriFo­rum suc­ceeds?

The Independent on Saturday - - OPINION -

JUST over five years ago, iconic South African goal­keeper Senzo Meyiwa was shot and killed. The per­son or per­sons who mur­dered him have never been brought to book. In­stead, we have been treated to in­creas­ing lev­els of blus­ter as proof that some­thing is be­ing done.

This week, AfriFo­rum, the os­ten­si­ble white rights move­ment, an­nounced the fam­ily had ap­proached it to take up the case on their be­half. Po­lice min­is­ter Bheki Cele re­sponded with alacrity, at a quickly ar­ranged press con­fer­ence, that the fam­ily was in fact happy with the po­lice progress thus far – even though the min­is­ter was un­able to say, in fact, where the in­ves­ti­ga­tion docket was, or if it had been lost in the in­terim.

By Thurs­day, the docket had fi­nally been tracked down and he was spit­ting fire at AfriFo­rum for im­pure mo­tives.

There was per­haps no greater em­blem of the prob­lems we face in this coun­try at the moment.

We have a mur­der case that ap­pears to have been botched with lit­tle po­lit­i­cal will to in­sist that it is brought to con­clu­sion.

We have a civil rights group, por­trayed by many as a mi­nor­ity rights front, which is de­vel­op­ing a record for tak­ing up cases that ap­pear open and shut, but are be­dev­illed by po­lit­i­cal un­der­tones like the griev­ous bod­ily harm case against Grace Mu­gabe.

These are cases that would ap­pear to have no rel­e­vance what­so­ever for their mem­bers, but are of huge im­por­tance for the greater South African so­ci­ety es­pe­cially when it comes to the ad­min­is­tra­tion of jus­tice.

Yet it is they who stand ac­cused of be­ing op­por­tunists.

If AfriFo­rum suc­ceeds in its aim of ei­ther em­bar­rass­ing the po­lice and the NPA to ac­tu­ally pros­e­cute some­one – or suc­cess­fully bring­ing a pri­vate pros­e­cu­tion them­selves – they will have done us all an in­cred­i­ble ser­vice.

They will also have proved in the process who the real op­por­tunists and char­la­tans ac­tu­ally are.

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