One of the primary hypocrisies in South Africa, is our crime situation.
Namely that you will get people moaning heavily about how bad crime is in our country in one breath.
And in the very next, right after being caught committing a crime they will argue “So what, you drink and drive, everyone does things illegal so what is the big deal?”
This was said by a man who was illegally fishing for great white sharks after being caught.
A guy who probably shouts racist epithets as taxis cut him off in traffic, moans about the crime situation and wouldn’t be nearly as relaxed if say, someone came and stole his car.
That man is the exact problem with South Africa – the attitude that the law is the law only when other people violate it. Without our acceptance of criminality in ourselves there would be no criminality.
We cannot expect to stop crime in this country so long as we are content to be criminals – and those sharks are protected for a reason. That is the big deal.
We should get few facts straight …
1) The man that accused the fisherman of committing an offense was the man questioned for drinking and driving.
2) We should establish whether or not it is a crime to fish for sharks and if this White Death was actually on the line attached to the rod of the angler.
The second fact is the one that would be the offense if shark fishing was illegal in South Africa.