I see that it is becoming harder to travel with a child when leaving the country or entering it with permission from both parents to be granted in the form of a letter authorizing it (hello fake letter boom). They also want an unabridged birth certificate which means you will wait for a few hours outside Home Affairs in a queue and then another month or so for the actual certificate (it is longer than the usual one) and then wait again for a few hours to fetch it. Fair enough I get the reasons to stop child trafficking. Child & Spouse abuse has no priority in most people’s lives and I can say this because I noted this morning that of all my non-fiction books the one on Child & Spouse abuse downloads the least. Why is that besides the fact that no one cares? Ironically, the one on drug addiction and what the law says about it downloads the most and mostly in advanced first world countries which also says something…
As you know, my degrees are in law and my background in law enforcement. I don’t take the “Oh let us feel sorry for Johnny Druggy” at all. I see drug use and abuse as weakness and nothing to be proud of at all. And I assure you, you will find no sympathy from me either. I receive many letters from parents and loved ones (the real victims here) supporting my views and especially the known fact that a drug addict lies when he opens his mouth. I am so against this that if I ever date again (who would want me anyway) that it is the second question after suggesting an eye test. Do you have any drug or alcohol abuse in your past? Yep? Goodbye and good luck.
We live in strange times my friends. Did you know that you are entitled to ask the woman if she has AIDS? And is she does or you for that matter including any other disease my old sergeant would have arrested you for, you better declare it or face assault or murder charges soon after. The law has invaded dating and your bedroom (we are past the car’s backseat I hope). Such questions are a fairly good idea but I have to wonder how does such a conversation go? What do you say? Eh Honey, let us calm down until the test arrive in three days. Yeah what test is that, Sweetie? The blood test you are going to take because I don’t trust your lack of morals! My word, I can feel a nasty klap (Afrikaans, whack) against my cheek and myself running for dear life. My word, you just don’t ask a decent South African girl such things no matter what the law expects of you. She will slay you and the law. So I am afraid being a widower is the safest bet.
However what infuriates me more than the government forcing me to speak to my ex-wife without reason when travelling with my own blood is visas in general. I wonder why I am treated like a terrorist when I want to go to the UK or the US for instance. I have to show them my bank accounts, criminal record, unabridged birth certificate, passport and God knows what else before they will issue a visa. Oh yes I have to pay a fair amount of money too and if declined, well they keep it as an admin fee which is daylight robbery. It is nonsense to be treated like that and in Africa it is certainly stirring tempers.
I get it about people not leaving once they arrive. We have the same problem here and then I am afraid the illegals are murdered now and chased home. But it isn’t me. I always leave that miserable island known as Pommy Land as quickly as possible. And if they have a weak government unable to deal with illegal immigrants living on benefits, why make it my problem? But I do sympathize. You know if you hear anything bad in the world it is almost always from Africa. Looking for despotic dictator with racist tendencies and homophobia? Yep, old Bob Mugabe just north of us in the failed State of Zimbabwe (lol, they don’t even have a currency left since 2008) will do nicely. Want to see hungry people despite billions of aid dollars wasted on them? Yep, Ethiopia comes to mind and always will for our generation. What about sea pirates in this modern day? Yep, Somalia is on record and what about scammers on the internet? Yep, my favorite place, Nigeria. So I get the skepticism. That however is not my problem and the reason for my irritation in this blog.
No, what gets me down is the tourism industry clamoring for more tourists and is up in arms when people like me says, enough! If you want to subject our citizens to all sorts of indignities applying for a visa, then we will do exactly the same to your citizens. Suddenly you will find Pommies lining up for visas instead of just boarding an aircraft giving those wankers in the South African Diplomatic Corps something worthwhile to do. I mean it is known fact that the infamous “white widow Samantha Lewthwaite” hid in Fordsburg, Johannesburg for a while – so we allow Muslim radicals from the UK here? There goes the argument that Africans are dangerous and must be kept out. The reverse took place. Let us start refusing them as we did with the Dalai Lama much to the old Arch Bishop’s disgust. I am still laughing about that episode, a bit bitterly mind you but we must keep on seeing humor in inequalities.
Furthermore, it is perfectly legal under International Law (the second most boring legal subject in existence) to demand the same treatment between two countries. So we are in the language of the day, ENTITLED to expect that the visa requirements be the same. Of course it will never happen. Oh we will lose money, we will lose jobs (the big argument which may be fake, I don’t really believe it) and we must never anger our Colonial Masters & Betters. Hence they can treat us as dirt and we can sit back and bend over even further. That is what the god of mammon had done to us.
Is it worth it? To sell you national pride for a few tourists or host a soccer championship (I don’t watch soccer and would not know who won or care) for only ten million dollars? Ah, but it is not ten million dollars, that apparently was only the bribe money if the FBI can be believed and the truth will come out and be vigorously denied from this side as lies and defamation before everyone forgets it ever happened. What about the new sport stadiums now standing empty and unused with rugby teams being begged to play there? What about the horribly expensive Gau Train which no normal working man can afford? Why are we so pathetic to stand up for our rights? Men and women died for those rights. And now what do we have? Yep, this is Africa mate. Let me complete this visa application form and smile at the idiot behind the bullet proof counter (what a scared wanker he must be) who must decide if I am a radical terrorist or not. Yeah I am smiling as I think of the terrorism statistics I read the other day, 85% of all foreign Muslim radicals have UK passports and they are able to travel without a visa to the US of A and other countries. How brilliant is that now?
Koos Kotze is a former member of the South African Police Force. He served between 1985 and 1991 primarily as a sergeant in the Pretoria Flying Squad. During his police years, he was awarded the South African Police Medal for Combating Terrorism twice besides lesser awards. After leaving the Police Force he obtained the law degrees B Iuris & LLB at the University of the Free State (Bloemfontein, South Africa) and was a commercial law attorney for eight years. These days he is the owner of JKLS Africa and Associates, a specialist legal consultancy which specializes in reducing legal risk in sub Saharan Africa. He wrote several books on business, law, counter-terrorism and security issues. At times he is asked to participate on the Voice of America regarding legal forensic matters.