I'll be away for a while, doing some really interesting stuff. Don't miss me too much.....
It'll be tough but we'll get over it.
Meanwhile, a little story to entertain the troops in your absence.
For over seven years Professor Lotz has been trying to find the bastard who murdered his only child.
In the beginning he put his faith in the South African Police Service to do that job for him.
But he got screwed.
Vital evidence was destroyed at the scene whilst the rest has become either contaminated or irretrievably lost over time.
On top of that, most of the original investigating team have been summarily trashed in a best-selling paperback and further dehumanized in a malicious prosecution case that now finds them waiting in line at the Supreme Court of Appeal.
Any hope, therefore, of South Africa’s finest ever lifting another finger to find the man responsible for the killing of Inge Lotz has long gone. Long, long gone.
Inge’s father found out the hard way that he lived in a country where the murder of a child is viewed as little more than an affront to the State.
When Society’s rules get broken the system takes charge and dispenses justice as it sees fit, disregarding the victim and frequently ignoring the victim's family; often victimizing them in the process.
Victim’s rights simply do not exist in today’s South Africa – although you might just find them buried in the Constitution somewhere if you look hard enough – most probably under a large and malodorous heap that describes in tiresome detail the rights of the accused.
So in the end Prof. Lotz decided to post a massive reward and hire some specialist help – and who can blame him.
To those who have really studied the murder, it is perfectly clear at this late stage that the only viable hope of ever solving the case will be through traditional, old-fashioned investigation.
About three weeks after Piet Byleveld began his work, on April 18th to be precise; Prof Lotz was given the name of the man who had killed his daughter.
Or so the poor gentleman was led to believe at the time.
Problem being that it wasn’t the veteran detective who gave him this earth shattering information, but someone else entirely, someone who was about to hand over his findings to the SAPS. No harm in that if the findings were conclusive – which of course they weren’t, that much was obvious – they’d failed to identify two crucial pay-as-you-go cellphones – let alone analyze the data.
So was this all simply a case of someone jumping the gun, a heartless fishing expedition or something more sinister altogether ?
Maybe we’ll never know but nothing much seems to have become of that dossier, perhaps they went back to the drawing board.
Funny thing is that about a week later there began a mighty flurry of activity on this forum.
Nah… its probably just coincidence.
On the other hand….Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes
(Beware of geeks bearing gifs)