Dear Colonel Michael Tayor, Station Commander for Knysna SAPS, please consider this if you arrest me…
The duty of a policeman is to protect and serve, a constant pursuit of Justice. It’s supposed to be a calling, not a job, the employment of passionately, civicly minded people who operate as law enforcers of the public trust.
For the Station Commander, the leader of such virtuous men and women, it’s imperative to be, along with the Chief Magistrate and the Control Prosecutor, the compass for a town’s morality.
I contact you in the hope that you believe in that spirit of perseverance and duty.
I contact you in the shadow of the Knysna SAPS having failed to serve me, so much so that it must be considered that they’ve chosen to hamper justice where it concerns those who would do me damage.
I contact you because several station commanders and other high ranking policemen have lied to me. There have even been officers who’ve threatened me.. but i don’t pursue that because, in Knysna, we have been taught to be scared of the police.
Adding to this emails’s urgency is that there are politically driven people seeking to have me arrested. It’s a cruel irony that one of them should’ve been arrested, on my behalf, but the Knysna SAPS refused to. Whether it is dislike for my reporting on concerns regarding your police force, such as the Burmeister case in which local policemen seemingly framed a fellow officer, or whether it’s directly political bias, the consequence is a political favouring of the Democratic Alliance.
I will defeat this cabal of cyberstalkers in Court, those who have so blatantly and arrogantly stated their intentions to have me arrested online… but that does not mean i will not be arrested so i wish to state, for the record, that i’m not a flight risk.
1. I’m a activist and, whether supported or fought, one of the most well known people in our town.
2. It’s as well known that i work for free so, consequently, i’m a poor man.
3. It’s public knowledge that i submitted, to Parliament, allegations of political and municipal corruption in Knysna, the same allegations the SAPS illegally wouldn’t investigate. It’s also public knowledge that i’ve experienced a vicious online attack since then and that some of those matters have been given court dates. More will follow.
As i’m not a flight risk (and intending fighting them as hard as i can), there’s no reason to hold me after possible arrest. I should be granted a court date and fair bail immediately. There is no reason to not arrest me politely and conveniently in the morning on a weekday, not at night and not over a weekend.
In light of past experiences, that will be viewed as intimidation when the your station and I eventually have our own court case regards other matters. Of course, i hope, that you prevent the latter. As you are in charge, you are the only person who can.
I contact you with an open letter because, for months, you have failed to respond to my request for a meeting. I hope that you reconsider and meet me soon, on neutral territory, over coffee in town.
I want to live in a world where the police are our friends. Please let that begin with you.