Friday, February 19, 2010

Let's lay the Maxwele situation to rest

Today SAPS published a confession and apology by Chumani Maxwele for his zapping the President's convoy and swearing at the police who confronted him about it.

I emphasise the word "by" in the above, because I don't want the reader to mistakenly read the word "to" in its place. I am in strong agreement with Calli and Emma at For Voet's Sake! who argue that the Minister of Police in fact owes Maxwele an unreserved apology and perhaps even compensation. The reader would be forgiven for mistakenly reading that the Minister had apologised to Maxwele.

Minister Nathi Mthethwa said in the statement, "Let us lay this matter to rest, as the person concerned has now apologised." This statement smacks of defiance in the face of very damning actions by the police.

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