You get good cops and bad cops… and then you get brutal cops! Why? Bad training? Power mongers? Corruption ? Attitude? South Africa has been plastered on the front pages and top story slots of the international media over the latest brutality by police in Daveyton. It raises the question, how can cops not effectively place a suspect into the back of police van – that’s even supposing his crime warrants such drastic action!! Why do such cops resort to such barbaric and brutal treatment of another human being? Coupled with the recent cop shootings at Marikana one asks what the hell is going on?

In the apartheid years, those of us who were against the system, felt we were living in a police state. A state filled with fear. Fear for your own views, behaviours, associations, gender, orientation, political stance and so on…!

In the democratic years, those of us who raise our concerns and voices feel we are heading towards a police state. A state filled with fear. Fear for your own views, behaviours, associations, gender, orientation, political stance… and a fear of knowing that in some towns, parking in the wrong place can lead to your death at the hands of those we pay via our taxes and at the hands of those we expect to serve ethically and protect us!

Good cops. Bad cops. Brutal cops ….. try a Brutal fruit at least you might live!