Whilst Bheki Cele plays the most childish of games, swapping brightly coloured hats for a police uniform, and rebranding his title, a-la Idi Amin, South Africa is laid bare to the lunatic fringe apparently now being employed as police officers.
Recently, more and more incidents of police brutality, racism and prejudice are being experienced, and by all accounts it is purely because of the low calibre of individual being allowed to wear the uniform and carry a sidearm.
We have just had such a fantastic World Cup event, and literally a day later, when the newly crowned football champions have not yet set foot back in Spain, xenophobic attacks are back, in spite of police assurances days before that the warnings were merely rumours, being stoked by third force agents, who...forgive me whilst I puke.
These are the ramblings of idiots. They only yesterday pulled a motorist out of his car, racially and physically abusing him as a mob, and then threatening his very life!
These are the people who piously clasp their hands and dole out advice at respectable school presentations, community policing talks and so-called safety information sessions; who expect us to raise good citizens on the premise that the cops are the good guys! By and large, they're nothing but a bunch of bigots.
Which brings me to Bheki Cele, who looks just as clumsy as Jackie Selebi did in his police uniform. Cele is not only unqualified for his position, but also needs to learn how to salute properly. That limp-fish hand being waved around dictator style is pathetic, and is disrespectful to the thousands of good cops who have gone before him. A salute should be the smartest, sharpest show of respect - not the blasé wave of an unconcerned hand.
But then, he is now a general, and it seems to already have gone to his head. Just wait for the medals to start appearing on his chest, to replace the red hat and bright yellow coat he wore until very recently.
These are the things which have become important, not looking after the rights and freedoms of the people they're there to serve and protect. Bribery and corruption are rife in the police force, just like in all other governmental institutions in the rest of this country and continent.
I for one will not submit my gun for disposal by the cops, and I don't care what law they set, in an attempt to force our collective hand - not before they properly clean up their act and ensure that we can feel safe from criminals, at best, and from the cops themselves, at the very least.