Thoughts on South African and international politics and culture

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Try Dr Death
It has always been one of post-apartheid's bitterest pills that 'Dr' Wouter Basson was acquitted by an empathetic judge of his despicable torturous and murderous crimes. Yesterday it was decided by the Constitutional Court that he should face trial on six charges of conspiracy to commit offences beyond South Africa's borders. This opens the door for Basson to be tried again, and tried he should be.

Before I get an comments to this point, I realise that putting Basson behind bars would not change the past, but some semblance of justice has to be gained for the vast number of lives that he destroyed under apartheid. I can't imagine what the families of his hundreds of victims think of the judicial system in South Africa. It's time for their retribution.