Thoughts on South African and international politics and culture

Thursday, September 27, 2007

The Thursday Three
Got three things to point to today, so I'll keep the introduction brief.

Firstly, some amusement was had yesterday in court at the exploits of the terminally grumpy Judge Nkola Motata, who was in the dock for being drunk behind the wheel. You may remember the judge knocking over a wall driving into someone's garden, and then expressing his anger that the aggrieved person was there in the first place. Officers testified how he refused to leave the car, had to be dragged out, and then immediately fell over, whilst swearing at everyone within earshot. All the sordid, and amusing, details here.

Secondly, another cracker from Fox Radio blow-hard Bill O'Reilly, who visited the world renowned Harlem eatery Sylvia's and noted on air:
"I couldn't get over the fact that there was no difference between Sylvia's restaurant and any other restaurant in New York City. I mean, it was exactly the same, even though it's run by blacks. There wasn't one person in Sylvia's who was screaming, 'M-Fer, I want more iced tea.' You know, it was like going into an Italian restaurant in an all-white suburb. People were sitting there, and they were ordering and having fun. And there wasn't any kind of craziness at all."
That, Ladies and Gents, is a prime example of the most dangerous racism of all - nuanced prejudice.

Finally, I read with interest the latest Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance, which has South Africa third after Sudan and Burundi as Africa's most dangerous country. I'm not sure how this is compiled, but it does strike me as strange that South Africa could be seen as more dangerous than Somalia, Sierra Leone and Congo. The DA has naturally picked up on it as a political tool, and one wonders if that's just what it is...