Law And Disorder In Johannesburg

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Louis Theroux: Law and Disorder in Johannesburg

Louis Theroux travels to Johannesburg, where the residents find themselves increasingly besieged by crime. Despairing of the capability of the police and the courts to protect them, many have turned to an industry of private security, offering protection for a price. Are the sometimes brutal methods of these private police really a solution or just another part of the problem?

The first stop for Louis is a meeting with William Mayangoni, the local co-ordinator for a security firm known as Mapogo. Based on the outskirts of Diepsloot, one of the squatter camps that ring Johannesburg, William investigates thefts for his mainly white clients. When he catches a suspect, he gives them ‘medicine’: the alleged offender is beaten with a leather whip known as a sjambok.

Although his clients seem to support what they see as ‘an African solution to an African problem’, William’s methods alienate the people of Diepsloot. Finally, their patience snaps dramatically, and William has to call out the real police in order to protect himself from the vicious threat of the mob.

In the centre of Johannesburg, a security company called Bad Boyz work in an area called Hillbrow, notorious for its high crime rate. Louis meets company director Hendrik De Klerk who explains that much of their activity involves reclaiming and securing buildings that have been taken over, or hijacked, by criminal gangs who illegally take rent from tenants. Louis watches dramatic evictions unfold, in which the police and security companies are not afraid to use force to kick out the protesting residents.

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Deveria ter visto isto à uma semana atrás, para aprender a não me queixar tanto, (apenas) por me terem roubado o carro.

Ode ao Pato Bravo

Através do Jornal de Negócios, cheguei à informação de que o governador do Banco de Portugal tem um vencimento anual de 250000 euros, enquanto o seu colega na Reserva Federal dos EUA, Ben Bernanke, se fica por uns meros 140000 euros anuais. A diferença é ainda mais gritante se pesada pelo rendimento per capita dos dois paises; e se levarmos em conta que na Reserva Federal existem responsabilidades de politica monetária que no caso português são delegadas no Banco Central Europeu.

Fonte: O Insurgente

Vitor Constâncio

Eu se fosse a ele usava o desconto de idade, oferecido pela Multiopticas. Não vá o ordenado não chegar para a compra de uma armação nova visto que esta está completamente empenada, isto de colocar o molho de notas no mesmo bolso que a caixa dos óculos não resulta muito bem.

Have you been a good little boy? Colonically speaking?

Colonoscopia Natalicia

É importante pedir saúde este Natal,
Não exigir pedidos materiais.
É importante fazer o toque rectal,
deixar o mundo dos presentes irreais.

Andei o dia todo a magicar este poema.. Além do mais seria um belo conceito, o Pai Natal decidir se teríamos boas ou más prendas conforme a saúde da nossa próstata.