With the trouble I had with police (much of it described on this blog), I proposed a settlement. I said I didn’t want millions (a sum a police unit put on their offences) – just an apology. I met the police therefore with an attorney. Soon the attorney got back to me: yes! we had it in the bag. I paused to read the settlement – amended by Colonel ADA Coetzee. He had sneaked in this:
• With my signature, I would agree to a ban of silence. If I failed to comply, this ban may be enforced. Potentially, this set aside the rule of law.And that wasn't all. So this is how good will suffers shipwreck. I said to my attorney, did you see what they sneaked into the settlement? In his embarrassment, he waived all his fees. It was a lost opportunity. In return for my being the peacemaker – or trying to – I received deceit.
• The Sea Point precinct, which had criminally charged me without basis, should be “dealt with independently”. The core of the problem was thus quarantined.
• But not really. I should sign that I had “received the necessary confirmation” that all had been in order at Sea Point. But there had been no such confirmation. If I had signed, I could have had all further recourse taken away.
• And Colonel Coetzee himself should “not be included” in investigations into any “misleading statements”. But he himself was involved in misleading statements.