Crime and Punishment
The juxtaposition of these two stories in today’s news headlines was just too priceless.
South African judges are disgusted at Tony Yengeni’s appeal to reduce his sentence for corruption from 4 years with possibility of probation after 8 months, to 18 months suspended sentence. The reason is that government officials only have to give up their seats if they are dealt a sentence of 12 months or more of jail time. Reduction of the sentence will allow Yengeni to return to parliament. Yes, that’s right, in South Africa you may still serve in government after being convicted of corruption. Yes, we still like to pretend we live in a country with a real government and not a banana republic.
Meanwhile, in China, the punishment for corruption is death, previously administered by a bullet to the back of the head, more recently by lethal injection. Human Rights activists are all over this like flies on shit. Personally, I don’t see the problem.