The Saffers that need a good laugh need to go and watch this TV documentary. It is extremely well done, and done by professionals. No doubt about that!! What is so amusing, to me at least, is this Louis guy. This stupid naive ignorant dumb pratt does not have the first idea, NOT THE FIRST IDEA about 3rd world stuff. He thinks that 1st world standards can be applied to a 3rd world country.
***Louis, showing his extraordinary bravery.... *** Yeah Right!!! Tough man with a big security company right around him!!!
*** these shows could have been in almost any country*** No they couldn't!!! Those other countries don't have the privilege of having BLACK heathen savages running amok.
Check the end bit. William, the hero in the movie, asks him, Louis, what his crime solution is.
If I knew William's address, I would send him the 2 point 5!!!!
Vote William for President!!!
TV Review: Louis Theroux: Law and Disorder in Johannesburg, BBC Two, 7 December, 9pm
Last week, we saw Louis Theroux in Philadelphia, looking at the wrong side of the tracks where violence and crime are a way of surviving. One TV Scoop reader said "Jo-burg's gonna make that place look like an English seaside resort on a Friday night though" in anticipation of last night's Louis Theroux: Law and Disorder in Johannesburg (BBC Two, 7 December, 9pm). Boy, were they right. While Philadelphia was as tough as old boots, Johannesburg was so much more savage and brutal, with guerilla security rackets patrolling the streets and battering people unconscious while Louis looked on agog.
When looking at the problems in Johannesburg, one fact relayed in last night's show really hit home. One security group stated pretty flatly that "two to three people are lost... a month". That's the people they know about! All in one city. Jo-berg, has Louis nervously pointed out, certainly seems to be a "lawless" place, where "people are killed like chickens."
Through Louis' inquisitive eyes, it almost felt like we, the viewer, were watching the brutality first hand. From the start, there was a tension which I've never come across before in a TV show. It really was horribly arresting. In America, there's at least a rudimentary code of the streets. In Jo-berg, it's way more marshal law, more talking with fists, knives, gold clubs... a lot of South African blood is shed on those wild walkways.
There was one segment in the show where Theroux was caught in a melee, with Bad Boyz, a security firm, which showed how the justice works. People were blinded with pepper spray and kicked around the head while grounded... it was a pretty vicious couple of minutes. However, what followed, was far more serious. William (of Mapogo, another firm) was turned on by the community, with hundreds of angry people wanting to burn his body in the street after an attack by his mob. Shocking stuff.
Louis, showing his extraordinary bravery, speaks to one criminal who goes into what how he extorts money, by attacking people's children, sticking people's heads in ovens, holding knives to necks... the list went on... but in all of this, Theroux didn't go all Daily Mail on us, but rather, recognised the dire situation that showed a futile and dire situation that created more victims than victors, with a people who had completely lost faith with the official police force.
One of the most worrying aspects of the show is that as awful as the situation is on Johannesburg, and last week in Philadelphia, these shows could have been in almost any country. Theroux could've easily been in Rio's favelas, or poorer parts of China, rules by Triad gangs. There's a nagging feeling that this endless cycle of violence and corruption goes on in every city in the world. This obviously applies to both the underworld and the police force. One thing is for certain, it's a cycle of shit that will probably never go away.
One thing is for certain: We Brits are incredibly lucky. With this brace of shows, I think Louis Theroux has made his finest work. Moving, shocking and shining a light on the pockets of a section of society that has been conveniently forgotten about. This really was TV at it's best.