Who Wants to be a Dummy?

This week, Clive Naidoo was the talk of the town, nay, the country – and maybe even in other parts of the world.

Naidoo had allegedly made a decision to drive through a red robot in Johannesburg … he was apparently late for a meeting. He then decided to record the police officer with his iPhone as she began issuing him a ticket. The rest of the footage was pure magic. Naidoo was firstly rude and obnoxious to the officer, asking her to “hurry up” as he was “paying her salary”. Officer Laurencia Shitlhelana did not allow his remarks to get under her skin. Instead, she reacted by being calm and turned his words against him, in a humorous manner, nogal.

It other words, she owned him. Clive Naidoo, had indeed been served. Now, it isn’t just Naidoo or Shitlhelana who became overnight sensations, but the suburb of Bloubosrand, as well.  You see, Naidoo, in giving his details to the officer, recorded his address in the footage, oh, and his cellphone number too. The officer teasingly asked Naidoo when she was getting an increase.

“Bloubosrand?” she asked, adding the suburb was not the fanciest, given the “fact” that he “paid her salary”.  Officer Shitlhelana was on the ball, but then she made an oopsy – (she obviously did not think this one through before speaking).

She had suggested “they were both the same”, but Indians thought they were better because they spoke better English. When Naidoo uploaded the video on social media, I am sure he never expected it to backfire. Hordes of people took the opportunity to praise the officer, and how she handled the situation.

Some even looked up his house on Google Street View. Naidoo then deactivated all his social media accounts and his phone is off. But why, Clive? It was your choice to upload the video to “expose” Officer Laurencia. So should you not deal with the repercussions? Instead, you exposed yourself.

My friend, Farrah Francis, put it fittingly: in life, you have three options, as you do in game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? You can phone a friend: Clive you could have asked someone for advice before uploading the video. Choose 50/50, which eliminates two wrong decisions, allowing you, in all probability, to make the correct choice: Clive you could have weighed up the situation, and Officer Shitlhelana, you could have thought before making comments of a racial nature (you know that’s a no no). The third is ask the audience: I guess it was here Clive got his answer, as society offered their opinion about the situation .

The lesson? If we all take one second to think about our responses to people, or actions, as did the officer, these occurrences could be avoided. Respect each other, don’t be hasty, and please people, think before you speak… come on.


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