What if AfriForum succeeds?
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.