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A Durban lawyer has expressed concern at the slow pace of the country's justice system. His concern comes after a 52-year-old American, Ronald Burke, was badly assaulted in a night club in Durban on Saturday.
Speaking to Sowetan yesterday, Burke's lawyer, Professor Mdletshe, said he was worried that his client might not see justice done since the country's courts take so long to process cases.
"As we will be hosting foreigners and tourists during the 2010 Fifa World Cup in June, I am worried that they might be targeted by criminals, knowing pretty well that our justice system operates at a snail's pace," Mdletshe said.
Mdletshe said he hoped that a special task team would be established to deal with cases that are directly linked to foreigners.
Commenting on Burke's incident, he said his client had arrived in the country on Saturday and decided to relax by going to the Lido Night Club in the city centre.
"As he was talking to staff members, he was assaulted by the owner's son with an object covered with a towel. His eye was badly injured and I had to take him to City Hospital," Mdletshe said.
A case of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm was opened at Point police station.
"My worry is that this case could be on the court roll maybe around August, and by this time my client would have long left and the culprit would be free.
"I urge the authorities to use this particular case as a wake-up call, otherwise tourists would be an easy target," he said.
Superintendent Jay Naicker confirmed the incident.
"He was at the club talking to the staff and someone hit him with an unknown object. He sustained injuries on his left eye," Naicker said.