Published: April 2nd 2012April 2nd 2012
I grew up in South Africa. I have lost many friends to hijackings , assinations..etc. Many of them were purely random...some were hits. Johannesburg is a violent place... but its manageable- I never carried a gun and I walked everywhere - without fear...BUT,...I can understand Shriens anxiety. Will he get a fair and just trial? - or has he already been found guilty?... the answer in short is YES...
In the minds of the media ... and the people hes guilty. But that doesnt make it so. If he is maintaining his innocence... he needs to prove it in court. Not only is he ruining his own life and reputation but others also.If he really loved his wife... then he should honour her memory by confronting the accusations in a court of law... LOOK- they dont always get it right... BUT... he will always have this hanging over his head like a sword of damacles if he doesnt do it... and will probably end up commiting suicide because of the stress... and thats not the way forward- trust me - I know...Ive seen over 20 people take their own lives in prison... for many reasons... life is shit sometimes... but
we gotta just get through it somehow...hey- he might find himself in a unique way...many people do...by delaying he is just hurting himself.If it gets too much he can always hang himslef in south africa... but it might not be that bad... he might feel a great peace once its all over... I know he will... because if hes guilty... he doesnt have to run anymore... and if hes innocent he has something to fight for...to get motivated for...but in any case... some things in life are inevitable... one way or another... he has to address what has happened... he cannot hide from it forever... he must look into the mirror...impossible not to... and thats why I hope that my accuser looks into the mirror sometimes and see what she has done...but its not up to me to point the direction of truth... I can only guide her with my prayers... God must do it... and the same goes for Shrien...
Just say that those other guys were beaten to make a false confession. Britain does it in a similar way...but psychologically. If these guys are serving an 18 year sentence for crimes they havn't committed ... then Shrien
is not thinking about their welfare. They have families too. What if they are innocent ? What if they made a plea bargain cause they didnt know any other way out? - Their life also counts for something too... if he is found to be innocent they too will have grounds for an appeal... if they were beaten into a confession - it will all come out in the trial; and the justice system will be discreditted... but if they are genuinely guilty... Shrien also needs to TAKE IT ON THE CHIN- The sooner the better.For all.
Its also about ignorance. When you get arrested its a fearful thing. You dont know how everything is working and everyone tells you differnet things. I was falsely accused and suffered at the hands of the criminal justcie system.. BUT I fought my way through the system because I believed so strongly in my cause. I was prepared to take a polygraph test... which is 96% accurate. My accuser was not prepared to do so. In any case ; its inadmissable. But thats not the point. Shrien need sto evaluate the meaning of his life. Its not about your freedom always... its
about your integrity. I could have done what he did... AND I was severely traumitised. BUT I chose not to. I had to face the music and dance... and it cost me everything... but I won... why? because I believed so strongly in my cause.... that I was INNOCENT!
Shrien Divani came briefly to Wandsworth... and went straight to the block- just like Julian Assange. He didnt mix with the other inmates. It shows me he wasnt courageous... and because he has money... he can afford a " good" psychiatrist... who will help him to stay in the UK.
The problem here is what is he doing to the other people in this case...? if hes innocent... - why doesnt he try to clear his name? Is he afraid hes gonna become the wingbitch in Pollsmoor or SunCity?- Hes got money... he can buy protection.Personally, after seeing the Panorama programme I think there is enough reasonable doubt to create a hung jury... the issue is MOTIVE... the South African police havent really established a strong enough motive beyond aspersions to his sexuality... there was no secret gay love waiting in the wings... neither was it the money...
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shrien will have a hard time in prison but if he is already that way inclined... it wont matter. Its unfortunate that in the 21st century, many so called civilised countries dont accept conjugal visits.Britain and South Africa and America are all culprits...and something needs to change.
if he did do it... it was out of a sense of power... as simple as that... like ordering a pizza... order your wife to be killed...thats the only clear motive... and I mean... who enlists a hitman over a casual meeting... hes not dumb... so yes, there is a possibility with a good lawyer... he could argue reasonable doubt... and thats why he should go. And if he is guilty... I m sure a lotta people will want to rip three assholes into him... but the authorities will be told to protect him... thye did it to Mandela... why cant they do it to Divani..? hes no different... just an inmate.and another thing:
If he is a closet homosexual... he might actually find himself... who knows? - YES, there is AIDS in prison in South Africa... but if hes careful... he'll be ok...getting condoms should nt be a problem ....although as I recall... the stats are pretty high on that one... never mind there are drugs for aids...these days...
Then theres also another issue... south africa has abided by the extradition agreements which have been signed internationally. What if South africa says... you know what... were not
gonna send back your guys because youre not sending yours over... this is a big case... its about our national pride... we cant have people slagging us off on the world stage... killing tourists is a no go thing... its happened in the past... but its very very rare... its a no no... why ... because people live on tourism dollars...south africa cant afford any violent mistakes like what happened in cape town... we need our torurism revenue... with 50% unemployment... that is about keeping families alive... and by giving south africa bad name ... it sends out the wrong message... if it was a geniuine highjacking... let shrien show his balls and prove it... he can pay for the best solicitors and barristers... so why isnt he taking the plunge... �?
this is not something he can run away fom... his responsibility is to the family of the deceased as well as to the people in south africa on remand- one of whom has a brain tumor and doesnt have much longer to live... so ... he needs to get his ass on the plane..
and south africa cannot jeapordise the safety of shrien by putting hium
in sa prisons hes gonna enjoy the same thing as what he was enjoying at the hoist... only its the real thing... no act. my problem with south africa is that until they guarnatee the safety of the remand priosners and reform the law... its gonna bring the name of south africa down...and thats why i think the feminsing of men in prison because of some kind of victorian ideas.. is wrong.open the jails to women...
in with the wolves... he will be protected... and whats more if hes found guilty... he can buy protection in prison... and he can get a lot of things he wouldnt get in british jails... and he will be happy as a man... having done the right thing... if hes inncoent... hes got nothing to fear... hes more likely to get a fair trial in south africa than in britain... truth...
as for the enormity of the media pressure on him... its hard... but IF hes innocent he can and should try to fight his way through the fire... I know its not easy... God I know its not easy... BUT- I did it... and with limited resources... he has limitless resources...
in fact he ahs nothing to fear... sometimes in life a man need sto stand up and be coutned... we all have our moutn everests to climb... I was falsely accused by my ex-wife of crimes I did not commit... BUT - I won because I put my faith in a system... even though it is flawed... and I worked tirelessly day and night... to win my freedom.
In Britian, only 4% of all appeals are successful. A fact. My case was heard in the top court at the royal courts of justcie... by 3 very senior judges... I won on a principle of law because that is how it works in this country... I have solid evidence that there was collusion and a perversion of process and justice... but, I decided I would save that for a retrial. The retrial never came. But I have the evidence still. I had limited help...and resources but I remembered what teddy roosevelt said in the greta american depression of the 1930s... he said: work with what you got , where you are with what you have at hand!"... and I did... I studied the law books every day for a year. I wrote 30 letters by hand a month... sometimes even up to 80. I persisted.
-and by Gods grace, I won!... so Shrien if you get to read this buddy... be a man, go to south africa... you know its the right thing to do... even if you are fed to the wolves... dont worry.... you are facing up to life... thats all... theres nothing to fear... everything is a journey.God bless Africa!... just bloody go!