Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Blitz Patrollie

Blitz Patrollie
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I grew up in the days before television came to South Africa. I was 16-years old when it finally arrived, in the year 1976. Back then most Afrikaners, including my parents, still shared the sentiments of South Africa’s murdered Prime Minister, Hendrik Verwoerd, who compared television with atomic bombs and poison gas, claiming that "they are modern things, but that does not mean they are desirable…” Consequently, by the time I left home in January 1978 we still had no television in our house.

Incidentally, Dr. Albert Hertzog, Minister for Posts and Telegraphs at the time, evidently said that TV would come to South Africa "over [his] dead body," denouncing it as "a miniature bioscope over which parents would have no control." [Source]

I can recall how we as kids looked forward to our weekly dose of Squad Cars on Springbok Radio every Friday night… "They prowl the empty streets at night... these are the men of - Squad Cars!" I was mesmerized by the series and can recall how I thoroughly enjoyed every episode. The series also served its intended purpose well, because back then we had high admiration for members serving in the South African Police Force, a trait many modern-day folk will regard as abnormal.

Today we live in a totally different world… While the image of the old, once proud and proficient, SA Police Force has been completely shattered by years and years of media propaganda, the current new rulers of the country have been unable to remodel an improved one.

The current new Police Force or Police Service (or whatever they call it nowadays) has degenerated into an appalling disgrace - battered by one scandalous incident after the next. See the latest: SA police face R14 billion in civil lawsuits.

It would be rather discourteous towards the entertainment industry to equate the current Police Farce with a circus. Also – the horrendous deeds committed by some of their members are not funny at all! Even if some of their actions were funny it would not be advisable to openly laugh at them…

However, the entertainment industry has provided an excellent avenue through which South Africans can now safely laugh their heads off - without being locked-up or shot at:

Blitz Patrollie, written by Lediga, chronicles the adventures of two police officers who have had the misfortune of being stationed at the “Central” Police Station, the most chaotic police precinct in Johannesburg.

The film releases at cinemas nationwide on May 10, with premieres in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban preceding its release. The film will also be debuting on a global scale, with a team leaving for Cannes on May 15. [Source]


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Hallo TIA, this might be a little off-topic, but I'm sure you'll enjoy it!

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