Friday, December 04, 2009

Diplomatic Immunity Does Not Make You Bullet Proof


It seems okay for those in power to terrorise local road users, and justify their reckless road behaviour given their perceived grandiosity. They behave with impunity; and it seems this arrogance becomes embedded.

Any bets the statistics relating to unpaid traffic offenses, by diplomatic staff, is inversely correlated with their country ranking in the world.

Well, it seems that some diplomats don't get that this arrogant behaviour doesn't work everywhere in the world. Sometimes, in some places, you get what is coming to you.

Kinshasa - A South African diplomat was shot and wounded by soldiers after failing to stop at a roadblock in the Congolese capital Kinshasa on Friday, Democratic Republic of Congo's foreign minister said.

The shooting occurred in the sprawling riverside capital's Gombe district, home to most government ministries and diplomatic missions, in the early morning hours, Alexis Thambwe Mwamba told Reuters.

"She drove through a roadblock near the prime minister's office. This road was blocked off and leads to the presidency. She refused to stop despite being signalled to do so," the minister said.

He said soldiers at the roadblock opened fire on the vehicle, wounding the diplomat, whose identity was not immediately released.

"She was wounded but is not in danger. We've launched an investigation," Thambwe Mwamba said. - IOL News

1 Opinion(s):

Exzanian said...

I know it's not the point VI is making, but if that same incident occured in a First World country, governed by evil whites, imagine the outcry.