Reddam: nose not the judge
In an immature democracy the rule of law is of particular importance, including the necessity for matters sub judice to be left to be tried by the courts and not by the media, the public or the mob, as is happening increasingly in our country. In the UK, unless things have much changed in the years since I left, you would have run the risk of being sent to jail without trial for your editorial on the fracas on Main Road, Claremont, in which Andrew Merryweather sustained serious injury.
As to the refusal of parents or staff of the school to talk to yourselves, why on earth should they? I have a teen-aged granddaughter at Reddam who, unsurprisingly, has a different version of the event and its background. I have advised her to wait for the court hearing where witnesses and accused will be examined and cross-examined and she can then accept or criticise the verdict. I suggest you do the same.
In the meantime I suggest you do some real investigative journalism and finger the people behind the sale of drugs and alcohol to teenagers on Main Road in Claremont.
Newlands, Cape Town
Our democracy might be immature, but our legal system
As for your last suggestion: might this be what its really all about: rich teenagers behaving badly after being left free to cruise amongst the purveyors of drugs and liquor on Main Road, Claremont? Now thats something to think about!
You reckon wed have been sent to jail without trial in the UK? How old are you, for heavens sake?! Ed.
Why not print the telephone number of the concerned parent, Pierre? Im sure there are noseweek readers who would love to phone him, to assist in relieving him of his burden of guilt. After the 200th call he might let us know his surname and be more willing to assist, seeing that he did not bring up his children to behave like this.
Mike De Klerk
You see what the lady says about the media and the mob. Maybe hold off for a while. Also see next letter - Ed.
The Pierre who called Groote Schuur hospital three or four times is Pierre Thackwray a religious man who was obviously freaked by what his son, one of the accused in the Merryweather case, might have done.
Now we know who it is, we have every reason to hope he and his son will do the right thing. Ed.
Why the silence?
Most of the unfortunate Somali refugees suffering persecution in Cape Town (nose86) appear to be Muslim. Why doesnt the Muslim Judicial Council step in and resolve some of the issues? And where is the Chamber of Business in all this? Attacks on Somali businesses are rampant and the local traders also declared their intention to persuade the Somalis to raise their prices. Isnt free enterprise a sacred tenet of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry?
Transnet well exposed
Thank you for the excellent story exposing the blatant and disgusting fraud enactd by Transnet against its pensioners of the Second Defined Fund (noses86 & 87)! Please give us a follow up soon.
Gobodo to hell
In your article Kebble trouble it just wont go away (nose86), you refer to a well-known national firm of accountants and auditors, Gobodo. We would like to set the record straight:
Gobodo Incorporated is a national firm of Chartered Accountants as well as Registered Auditors. We are a reputable firm providing professional services in strict compliance with the regulations governing the Auditing Profession. All of our directors and shareholders are respected members of good standing of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants. The firm and its directors are members of the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA) as well as the Association for the Advancement of Black Accountants of Southern Africa (ABASA).
As of 17 March 2003, Gobodo Forensic & Investigative Accounting, the company your story refers to, ceased to be a subsidiary of Gobodo Inc, and is in no way related to us. We are currently pursuing our legal options and rights regarding the use of the name Gobodo.
We trust that this letter provides clarity on the misconception that was created in your article.
CEO, Gobodo Incorporated
The misconception was not created by our article, it resulted from your firms carelessness, first in engaging with such a shady partner, and then in disposing of a controversial subsidiary without first ensuring that it did not continue in business, let alone continue to use your name. You appear to have had reason to want to dissociate yourselves from Gobodo Forensic as long ago as March 2003 and sneaked away from the problem, happy to dump Gobodo Forensic on an unsuspecting public. By our reckoning you deserve all the bad publicity you get. - Ed.
I commend your magazine for standing for the truth, as in your editorial in nose85. But I object to your reference to the people depicted in the cartoon as African savages. As an African (whatever that means) I take offence when any person of African descent (dead or alive) is referred to as a savage. I believe that it is the same disrespect to Africans that populists cling to when dismissing cogent arguments about their failings in their incumbent positions as either State officials or pretenders. I think an apology would be appropriate.
We thought we had adequately enough placed our use of the phrase in its historical context to allow us to use it to lend ironic bite to our criticism, but if you are still offended, we do, of course, apologise. - Ed.
Your article on Chris Swanepoel (nose86) was on the mark.
Ive known Chris since childhood he was a close friend of my fathers. Two years ago he telephoned me and spent an hour telling me about the misfortunes he had been through. I felt very sorry for him. He told me he was bringing a new product to SA from South America Elicina, a natural cosmetic cream and wanted me to assist him in having packaging and product inserts printed. (I am part owner of a printing company). We have a strict policy not to open accounts without a credit check, but, because of my long relationship with Chris, and despite my partners disapproval, I pushed through the job.
When it came time for Swanepoel to pay, the excuses started. He even told me that hed only pay me after I printed more work for him. When we threatened him with legal action, he laughed at me, saying he would tell the courts that everything in his home belonged to his wife. This subsequently happened.
After a heated argument on the telephone, he invited me to meet him like a man and sort it out on the street. The gutless coward never pitched.
I can write off the bad debt as experience, but I feel sick for this poor family friend conned into entrusting him with his entire lifes savings. There are too many such scumbags around, and I salute you for exposing them.
SABC takes on the dead
About six years ago I bought a property from the estate of the late Mrs MM Noteboom.
For three years thereafter I dutifully returned SABC licence payment requests with a note mentioning that Mrs Noteboom was deceased and therefore not too interested in paying her TV licence. I have just received a red envelope with a logo of an hourglass on the back and the warning YOUR TIME IS UP.
This years request for Mrs Noteboom to pay her licence, balance now standing at R2651.90, is accompanied by the threat of legal action should payment not be made.
I was wondering how much it is going to cost the SABC to institute proceedings against a deceased person? Ill keep you up to speed on what happens next.
The SABC and their extremely wealthy debt-collecting lawyers are amongst the institutions who believe computers are a substitute for people with intelligence, so they no longer employ any of the latter. We await your next report with morbid fascination. - Ed.
Banks law unto themselves
Maybe I woke up late in life but it seems to me banks are above the law, simply because they are financially powerful. All that remains to defend us, I have been told by a sympathetic cabinet minister, is noseweek.
As a mechanical engineer I created wealth for our country by, amongst other things, designing and bringing to production the very visible Giant Inflatable Slide now being manufactured in China, and the South African version of the Poolcover. I have transformed various inventions into wealth creating machines.
I was doing my job well until an unqualified Nedbank employee interfered. A former state prosecutor, he got a job as a risk manager at Nedbank. With no business experience, he promptly judged and sentenced me, peremptorily withdrawing my long-established overdraft facility, effectively removing me from the economy in a humiliating manner. Directorship is not allowed when you are ITC-listed.
Realising their blunder, the banks executives set out to silence me at any cost. The story reads like a script for a horror movie: you would not imagine how they have extended themselves to prevent the truth from surfacing.
A solution might be to emigrate the world is short of engineers but my nature is to persevere. Can you help the citizens of our country against horrors like this? Presently I am employed by the largest gold producer of our country and the CEO personally utilises my expertise to improve efficiencies.
We are investigating this and other, similar stories and will report in due course. Ed.
Welcome to robberland
After Carte Blanches expose of baggage theft at OR Tambo Airport, lo and behold, my case gets opened on a flight from Cape Town and things get stolen. When I report this to the baggage handling section, I am told they accept zero liability as baggage is transported at my risk. My question: when DO they address a very obvious theft problem in their baggage control area? It must make a profound impression on foreign travellers when their first introduction to good ole SA is having their luggage stolen on arrival.
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