The first chapter .

She stood in front of the mirror. Her face was not clear in the morning semi-darkness. An old comb in her hand , some of its ‘teeth ‘ were missing.
“I don ‘t have money for a taxi,”
She spoke to the comb.
Her request, sorry, statement was answered by mumbling under a heap of dirty blankets strewn on the creaking single bed .
She combed faster, cursed at the wiry strands of hair that stuck to the comb.
Some of them had turned grey. No, snowy white.
“You heard what I said,”
This time she spoke to the face- powder can balanced on her thumb and fore-finger.
Another mumbling from the lump under the blankets. No movement.
In one swift twirl she was at the door. Burst out, and her thick, gumbooted feet stamped furiously on to windswept , dusty yard .
“Melinda ! Melinda ! Uyaphi manje?”
He stood at the door bare-footed. His oversided stomach peeked from under the old t -shirt that was his pyjamas.
The giggling sounds of children clad in uniform and back- packs strapped on their backs reminded him that his hairy legs were bare up to the croach, where a threadbare piece of what used to be underwear covered . . .

Hi there. I’m Luis Suarez. Here is my apology.

I would like to apologise to Mr Giorgio Chielini for biting him during a football match we played recently. It was an unprovoked and cowardly act to do. I regret ever doing it. There is nothing I can do to undo the pain and embarassment I caused Mr Chielini. I am so sorry for my disgusting act.

Let me also take this opportunity to apologise to Messrs Branislav Ivanovic and Otman Bakkal. I did wrong by biting these gentlemen in the course of a soccer match previously. Gentlemen, please forgive me. I was wrong .

I accept the punishment that FIFA has given me . It is justified for the offence that I have commited. I regret ever wasting your time putting together a disciplinary committee to charge me. Such time could have been used better in developing football and running the soccer showcase currently underway in Brazil.

I would also like to apologise to my club Liverpool FC. My misbehaviour is now affecting them since they cannot field me for the following nine months. For that inconvinience I apologise.

Last I would like to apologise to all football fans all over the world. Please forgive me. I will behave myself and promise that I won’t engage in the conduct of biting other players again.

Yours sincerely

Luis Alberto Suarez Diaz

On Malawi elections

Disorganised.

Not free.

Not fair..

Far from credible.

The above words and phrases describe the farce that Malawians are calling an election. How could Malawi get it so wrong? Accusations and counter accusations of rigging have flown from one side to the other. The electronic system of the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has been hacked into, forcing the Commission to move from electronic counting to manual.

The president of the country ( who is one of the candidates in the election) mounted an unsuccessful court bid to have the whole process annulled before counting is even complete. She is alleging that the election has been rigged. The current president not having faith in the electoral system that his own government put into place? What about the ordinary Joe in the street? The whole process has been compromised. The whole affair is in shambles. It’s a mess.

One cannot say we didn’t see it coming. From day one of the elections the signs were there to see. Pictures of open air voting stations started circulating on twitter. Open air voting? In this day and age? How much is a tent? You answer those questions.

More and more pictures poured in on twitter as voting progressed. These were not pictures from Western media houses. We all know how biased those are! We even get angry and defensive when they truthfully point out our shortcomings. One of the pictures posted by citizens on the ground showed a swell of people who appeared to be on a market. Apparently this was a voting ‘queue’. I know what a queue looks like. What was in the picture was not a queue. It was chaos. Another picture of a polling station on fire followed. People were beginning to get fed up.

In all this chaos the AU remained tight-lipped. Only one observer, a former president of Namibia, had the guts to declare the elections free and fair. He even argued that no election is perfect. We all know that. But we tend to get worried when our leaders mouth that statement with confidence. It’s like they wish all elections are imperfect. That cannot be right. What was shocking on this statement again was the fact that counting had just started, and in some districts where there had been disruptions the day before people were still voting. I wonder what gave him such guts. Laziness? Maybe.

The example being set by Malawi shows how short-sighted our leadership is. They do not want to learn from an example set by South Africa just few weeks ago. They really don’t know what planning is or they don,t care. They do not care about democracy. The most essential ingredient of democracy is a free, fair and credible election. The Malawian election was far from being free, fair and credible. Democracy was compromised. I will submit that where there is no democracy there is no progress and development.

We wait and see how they will try and put that right.

Pistorius’s Third Defence: Pathological Incapacity (“Insanity”)

South African Criminal Law

In the conduct of Pistorius’s defence, through the testimony of Dr Vorster, the criminal capacity of Pistorius has been placed in issue. Criminal capacity, together with the requirement that your conduct must be voluntary, are the bases upon which our law enquires whether you are a responsible person – whether it makes any sense to hold you criminally liable in law and to punish you. We take it that it would not be sensible to punish, for instance, rocks and trees. It wouldn’t make much sense, if the limb of a tree fell on you, to charge the tree with assault. In our law capacity requires that a person must possess the two abilities: 1) to appreciate the wrongfulness of his or her conduct (referred to as “insight”); 2) to act in accordance with that appreciation (referred to as “self-control”).
In our law, one may lack capacity because of mental…

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