Expressing frustration at bad road manners can get you a night in prison, particularly if the bad manners came from the president’s blue light convoy.
If I were lawfully using a public road and some one or other behaved like a road hog, and in my frustration I flashed them the finger, to express my outrage, I would not expect to be unlawfully accosted by them, bound, blindfolded, kidnapped, detained against my will and have my political affiliations questioned by a bunch of thugs over a 24 hour period, but that apparently is what happened to a Cape Town jogger. His tale can be read about at the above link ( bad manners & etc). This apparently happened some three years back.
Now (3rd June 2013) the student is trying to sue the state for R1.4M (wrongful arrest and all the bad things that went with it) and the state are doing all in their power to keep the case out of court, obfuscate, offer to settle out of court (which is little better than a bribe so as to avoid the legal consequences of their misdeeds). The DDF hope the student persists and prevails although that will need determination, a very cool head and plenty of courage, of which few of us are overly blessed with.
Under a Direct Democracy Forum administration, any of the above behaviour by officers of the state would result in criminal action being brought against the officers concerned. The first rule of the road will always be, obey the law, whether you are on the road or off the road. Any officer of the state who could not obey that simple rule would be deemed unfit for public service.
As to blue light convoys – they would be a thing of the past. We may be a part of Africa but even our president is not above the law. In fact, our president would have to be the first to obey the law, for if he doesn’t obey the law, why should everybody else have to obey the law? As far as the DDF are concerned, observance of the law begins at the top.
The buck stops at the ballot box.