Indian Pork with Lime Pickles. There it was on Marisa’s blog, a beautiful meal; I wanted it. Only thing was; mine were the wrong kind of lime pickles; an oily jar of lumps of lime. No amount of staring at the jar brought forth any inspiration.
As it happened, Indian dishes were just popping up all over. And Indian news … most jarring was the murder, on Sunday, in my country, of young bride Anni Dewani.
I was sick to my stomach when I heard the news on Monday morning; sad beyond measure because it came in the wake of such a crime-free Soccer World Cup, which had gone far to lift South Africa’s reputation with the rest of the world. The incident, ostensibly reported as a ‘simple’ hijacking gone wrong, happened in Gugulethu, possibly the most dangerous place in the world. I immediately thought: Shocking and tragic news, but I must question the wisdom of willingly going into Guguletu for a tour?
As the day progressed, it seemed many people were finding holes in the story, more holes than my colander. These are a few of the good points noted, in a blog posted open letter to the Daily Mail, by my friend Niels. I’ve edited them because, when he gets excited about a news story, he tends to write like an effervescent on steroids:
“The obvious thing is to criticize South Africa’s lawlessness, as we do have an unacceptably high murder rate.
Please do not think I am insensitive to everybody’s grief and pain but I need to point out a few questions I have about the story as it is being told.
1) Why did the driver take the couple into Gugulethu?
The answer is that the woman wanted to see REAL AFRICA. If the driver was a local, (he knew how to find Gugulethu, so I would assume he is) he would well know that Gugulethu is a good place to avoid after dark, especially late on a Saturday night, once alcohol has been flowing. As a white South African, I know this well because I have
a) been warned not to go into Gugs after dark on weekends and
b) was too stupid to heed this good advice.
2) In your article, the husband says they had a lovely walk on a calm and beautiful evening.
This is untrue. I live in Somerset West and I have reports from my friend who lives on the beachfront, where this romantic walk happened, that the South Easter was blowing something nasty on Saturday night. (My note: you need to have experience of Cape winds to fully understand the relevance of this point.)
3) Up until the hijacking, the husband claims that he and his wife were completely unaware of what was happening as they were in the back seat looking at photos from their safari.
I find two things curious:
i) why would the wife insist on seeing real Africa and then look at a photo album?
ii) why did they take the photo album to dinner with them in the first place?
4) If the woman was killed in the Sharan, then one would imagine she was killed at close range. Why three shots? Three shots suggests that there is emotion attached to the killing.
I hope this case is quickly resolved and the truth is heard. I can’t help but feel we haven’t come close to hearing it yet.
I’m very confused by the whole business myself, too many things don’t gel in the various accounts I’m hearing and reading.
I forced myself back to the lime pickle. Perhaps with a bit of cheese and a cracker, I thought.
Perfectly horrible. Doesn’t go with wine, I found.
Unlike murder and lime pickle, I do understand wine.
Best stick with what I know?