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The image I now have of crime in South Africa:

It's still horrid   1 vote - 16 %
You're making matters worse Nomad   0 votes - 0 %
I'm not convinced of your analysis   0 votes - 0 %
It makes more sense to me   5 votes - 83 %
 
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In all honesty, I should've written about Polokwane and the ANC presidency succession - but I wanted to close the lid on this subject before the holidays.

Whatever the outcome of Polokwane, crime and crime reporting will dominatefor years to come and hence I gave this subject a higher priority.

Secondly, metavision queried in my last diary how these diaries could be amalgamated into an essay for publication. I'd be keen to, but the funnel is: what outlet should I target? Preferably I'd aim for a western audience as I feel it is there were stigmatisation of South African crime is disproprotionally harmful. I've absolutely no idea what outlet to target, however, and would welcome any advice on this.

by Nomad on Sun Dec 16th, 2007 at 11:53:56 AM EST
W.O.W.!  I re-query myself? because this is fantastic work.  It has humane sense, common sense and needs to be heard.  (Am I repeating myself?)

Cultures cannot be rolled over and declared officially healed by political change because individuals have not healed and they have no equal means to start over.  The old way of life, the old social glue is destroyed and a new one is not built yet, creating desperation.

(Sven, others, help me here)  Thinking about not just press contacts in SA or Netherlands, but maybe through local ONG´s that could get coverage.  LTE´s, university newsletter and even some Dutch connections among them?  Any progressive SA blog?

Our knowledge has surpassed our wisdom. -Charu Saxena.

by metavision on Sun Dec 16th, 2007 at 04:03:41 PM EST
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I honestly don't think I could write about Polokwane and the ANC right now without wanting to shoot myself.  Bring on the robbers.
by the stormy present (stormypresent aaaaaaat gmail etc) on Sun Dec 16th, 2007 at 04:56:54 PM EST
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Grrrrreat stuff, bru.  Spot on.
by the stormy present (stormypresent aaaaaaat gmail etc) on Sun Dec 16th, 2007 at 04:53:22 PM EST
Great diary, Nomad. Yes, the great white elephant of apartheid is there between the lines of that letter. Everything about it reminds me of what "reasonable" South Africans would say back in the '60s, except that now you're not supposed to talk about "separate development" so you talk about invading African thugs and criminals who are not ours, and you call for the death penalty and a strong police, and you take a swipe at unions en passant.

No change there that I can see <gloom>.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Dec 17th, 2007 at 03:32:25 PM EST
great diary, nomad, really well written.

i look forward to more in this series, you have an accurate eye, and a big heart.

masterful blogging...

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Tue Dec 18th, 2007 at 03:14:40 AM EST
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