Scary stories from a lovely place
Too often in Joburg the stories I hear on the radio and read in the newspapers are depressing, harrowing or downright heartbreaking. But this evening I heard a story that has just absolutely warmed my heart in its absurdity.
Today in Potchefstroom, a town a couple of hours outside of Joburg, a truck carrying alcohol accidentally spilled some of its cargo on the road. The driver called the Metro Police (traffic cops) who responded, but instead of cordoning off the road, securing the vehicle and its contents and ensuring the safety of the driver and passersby they proceeded to load the cases of beer into their cars. They were going to steal the liquor. Fortuitously a SAPS officer (normal police) passed by, stopped and broke up the party. In total 8 officers were arrested.
The news usually contains stories of murder, rape, armed robbery, shootings, child victims, corruption and catastrophic house fires. When I say often, I mean every day. It’s exhausting. But I love today’s story. The audacity of it. The absolute disregard those metro cops had for the code under which they are employed. The sweet haul they were trying to steal. Imagine what it must have been like to be that truck driver – to assume you would be assisted by the law-keepers and instead to watch them carry off your cargo. It’s wonderful stuff.