Blinded by the light

EDITOR Those who have no choice but to drive around at night may have encountered follow motorists who refuse to dim their lights when they approach you. The motorist ignores your signal to dip his lights and this could be one of four reasons:

1) He/she may be tipsy and have a sluggish response to signals due to alcohol intake.

2) He/she may be talking on their mobile phone.

3) Their vehicle may be defective e.g. unable to dip the lights, making it impossible for them to respond accordingly to other drivers’ prompts

4) The driver may be purposefully blinding you in order to distract you from the barrier they have positioned in the road to force you to crash.

Talking more about the last item, I believe that to date many unsuspecting folks have lost their lives on the highways in this way. Most vulnerable are those on a long journey who are unlikely to slow down for something so petty. The opposition driver would have planned the entire incident to make to look like an accident. I am speaking from the experience of having been a victim to crimes like these myself.

I would like to earnestly urge anyone who finds himself/herself in a similar traffic situation, to assume that there is a huge elephant ahead on his/her lane of the road, and to stop his/her vehicle immediately until they are certain that they are not in danger. ANON., by e-mail

Elite injustices response

EDITOR I would like to respond to a letter written by Worried Elite Worker (Wew). Rightly or wrongly, I see Wew, who is of Zimbabwean nationality, as

clamouring for full employment rights and benefits in a country in which he

doubtfully has even partial citizenship. Absurd! From the tone of his message one can but assume that he has, for starters, a work permit, whilst his use of the term “chased away” reveals either his skills at words or his sense of humour or both. I say Hats off! to his four former work-mates who decided to call it a day.

Guarding is not what one might refer to as a hi-tech job and South Africa should be able to provide enough manpower to cover the needs of Elite firm. But, in the face of competition for guard jobs between locals and an overwhelming flood of foreigners, and with many of them sadly given to pilfering, the business choice of Elite co., like any entrepreneurial organisation anywhere in the world, would be to opt for

cheaper labour. By doing so they unwillingly landing Wew in his unenviable position: attacking Elite Co. whilst down-playing the arch-enemy back home.

Can we, in all sincerity, rule out philanthropic considerations in the hiring of destitute people of foreign nationalities by South Africans?

I myself also having once worked as a guard here in Harare, learned that ‘dozing’ or (to call a spade a spade) sleeping whilst on duty is not tolerated; how much less in the case of a patronised alien? PETUKE KANYI, Harare

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