Posted by Jemele Hill
JOHANNESBURG -- Safety has been a huge concern at the World Cup, but if how the South African authorities dealt with three men who robbed foreign journalists is an indicator of what will happen to potential crooks, the media contingent should consider itself in good hands.
Three journalists -- one Spaniard and two Portuguese -- were robbed at their lodge in Magaliesburg on Wednesday. And not only were the robbers apprehended, but on Saturday they also were sentenced to 15 years in prison each, according to the Johannesburg Star. The three journalists were asleep when the robbers broke into their room armed with a firearm and a knife. The robbers stole their cameras, laptops, passports, cash and clothes. The property, which was recovered, was valued at an estimated 388,000 rand (about $50,000 U.S.).
Now that's the very definition of swift justice.
The South African authorities have dedicated 56 courts to deal with all criminal cases related to the World Cup, and this was the eighth case that had been heard there. It's too bad the criminal justice system can't work this way when it's not the World Cup.