A Flawed Court Process That Puts Victims At Risk
Noseweek|September 2019

NOSEY ONES, I MUST SINCERELY apologise to you all.

No, I did not say something stupid on social media and no, I did not get caught doing something like driving drunk so that I’m compelled to make some sort of bull-dudu apology as seems to have become the norm. I am apologising for failing to deliver on my promise that I would begin giving you excerpts from my (forthcoming) book, but it is with good reason: at short notice, I find myself having to wear my “looking out for the people” reporter’s cap again. Once you are in the game you just can’t get out.

Who is making me do this? Our trusted, un-captured DoJ, or the Department of Justice, for those of you who are acronym challenged.

And what is wrong with the DoJ? Well this institution of ours that is the legal guardian of society needs to take a hard look and amend the way it goes about dealing with protection orders. There is quite a serious weakness I have observed in the carrying out of protection orders.

Not too long ago I was engaged in a dispute with two former employees. They decided they would have the last word and went about sabotaging property on my farm, slashed tyres, broke my windscreen etc. You get the picture. Naturally I went and opened a case of malicious damage to property and backed that up with a protection order to ban them from any further trespassing on the farm and from causing any more damage.

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