The disgusting behaviour of former bodyguards assigned to politicians was on my radar last week after two cases of such people acting in a vicious, violent and uncouth manner towards others came to light both in South Africa and Kenya.
In Kenya, where last year the government released a report in which it said “one in three Kenyan girls experience sexual violence before the age of 18”, a news story was published in which newly elected Kitui East MP Mbithuka Mbai called for the rape of no less a figure than Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu.
By the time of writing, 24 hours later, no arrest had been made. Quite shocking in a country where litigiousness has become the norm, but on reflection, not really surprising from a people who have been known to cheer suspected sexual offenders and refer to them proudly as ‘Total Men’.
I’m guessing that whoever was responsible for giving Mbai the baptismal name 'Nimrod' was hoping that this former bodyguard would live up to the biblical character’s reputation as “the first on earth to be a mighty man” and a “mighty hunter before the Lord”.
It must be such an awful disappointment to them that he has turned out to be the living expression of the current colloquial meaning of his first name, which is a fool.
Here in South Africa, two men in a car seemed to have filmed themselves in a video that went viral, brandishing an AK-47 and a pistol, making threats against someone they branded “a dog”. Shortly after the video was released, the two men were identified as bodyguards to a senior KwaZulu Natal politician, and they soon lost their jobs.
This frightening video was made against the background of the continuing killings or assassinations of politicians, particularly in two provinces, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and the Eastern Cape.
Presenting findings on councillor killings at the Moerane Commission of Inquiry, the South African Local Government stated that between 1994 and 2016, up to 600 politicians in South Africa were killed, and most of them served in local government.
The murders are often attributed to intra-political, inter-political and extra-political rivalries over matters such as tenders and supposed ideological differences.
Most recently, a former African National Congress Youth League secretary general died from injuries he sustained after he was shot in his car. The pictures released of the car put me in mind of Sonny Corleone’s assassination in the film The Godfather.
It is sad and pathetic that Nimrods such as the Kenyan one and the two in KZN see nothing wrong with their behaviour, as every day they see others more powerful and influential than they are make and even carry out violent criminal threats with no consequence, other than the complaints of the odd misguided newspaper columnist or social media post.
We all stand accused, as by our very inaction, we let this sort of evil go unchecked.