Needless pomp

All the drama and security detail surrounding the court appearance of the 18-year-old daughter of Tshwane mayor Gwen Ramokgopa on charges of possessing drugs and assault on Tuesday make for a comical spectacle.

All the drama and security detail surrounding the court appearance of the 18-year-old daughter of Tshwane mayor Gwen Ramokgopa on charges of possessing drugs and assault on Tuesday make for a comical spectacle.

Menacing and needlessly elaborate is how to describe the security around Lerato Lephoko's arrival at a Pretoria court.

First the media were locked out of the court by elements escorting the mayor's family, a cameraman was assaulted and then the mayor's daughter arrived in a car that later parked in space reserved for officials.

Such abuse of the media and mayoral privilege creates an impression that those associated with officialdom can wilfully act with impunity.

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