Friday, July 20, 2007

Flogging Vlok..

Adriaan Vlok, notorious ex minister of 'Wet en Orde' close to 20 years ago, came out of the blue and offered to wash the feet of Pastor Frank Chikane. Pastor Chikane is of course these days, the right hand man of the prez. Now, as you might know feetwashing is big these days in churches. Although its usually the owner of the washed feet who feel most embarrassed (well at least me, seeing that my feet, toes, toenails, etc are part of the category of my 'skaamdele'), yet, the washer wants to express something of a humility and a 'I want to serve you...' Legally, of course, Mr Vlok (as did PW. FW, PIK and others) forfeited the time of grace when he did not come clean, during the TRC amnesty period.My question is: what makes Mr Vlok and his cohorts different to be singled out(only now) for prosecution. Surely he had done more to express remorse and to commit to serve and pay back( wash feet of the mothers whose children were slaughtered back in the dark old days). I've noticed the SACC are now saying that prosecuting him and his cohorts will move us closer to reconciliation, because it will bring out the truth. The truth that we need now is dealing with the loss of income and therefor poverty, inequalities and violence and the answers to the question: why is it not being dealt with... Flogging Vlok won't bring us closer to socio- economic transformation and service delivery- in fact by releasing Vlok, pastor Chikane, maybe we could have opened up floodgates of good will, social captial so needed right now... but then.. I am not next to the throne..