A few days ago. The British legal system went mental. It really overdid matters when it actually arrested a Paul Chambers who posted a rather unfunny, yet slightly aggressive Twitter post. The airport was closed and he made a daft joke about blowing it up.
He tweeted: ‘Crap! Robin Hood Airport is closed. You’ve got a week and a bit to get your shit together, otherwise I’m blowing the airport sky high!”
He was arrested. Charged and fined a thousand pounds. This started a string of people coming forward on twitter suggesting that the fine would be paid by donations happily. From Graham Linehan and Stephen Fry, through to the normal man in the street.
Now Julius Malema has been found guilty of his conduct regarding Jacob Zuma. Malema was ordered to attend anger management classes, make a public apology to Zuma, the ANC and the public in general and to pay a fine of R10000 to a youth development project. Yet the Youth League are now suggesting that not a penny will come from his pocket and expect the youth league members to cough up the cash.
Its a funny country all right. Why watch comedy when all you need do is watch the news. Actually its pretty sad. Or at least I am.
Whilst raising money for the one seems right. Where a silly but relatively modest breech of the peace is fined and given the man a criminal record, here, Julius Malema is just laughing at us.