Friday, May 16, 2008

"I Fought The Law And The Law Won'


I was busy shooting the MTV party at the Nike store in Melville last night when I decided to go have a smoke outside. (Outside happened to be on the curb and I happened to have a beer in my hand.) Then two cops pulled up and started harassing everyone outside for drinking in public, and there were a few people drinking outside. They were fucken' rude and started throwing their weight around, so I said a few words and the next thing I knew I was in the back of the SAPS van. I then spent two hours in a cell at the Brixton Police Station with seven other guys, insane. I didn't deserve to be arrested, I totally believe that it was a race thing. I'm starting to seriously hate South Africa.

White Riot- The Clash

White riot - I wanna riot
White riot - a riot of my own
White riot - I wanna riot
White riot - a riot of my own

Black people gotta lot a problems
But they dont mind throwing a brick
White people go to school
Where they teach you how to be thick

An everybodys doing
Just what theyre told to
An nobody wants
To go to jail!

All the powers in the hands
Of people rich enough to buy it
While we walk the street
Too chicken to even try it

Everybodys doing
Just what theyre told to
Nobody wants
To go to jail!

Are you taking over
Or are you taking orders?
Are you going backwards
Or are you going forwards?

11 comments:

Jozi said...

Fuck sakes dude... corruption, racism, xenophobia... this place is going down the shitter at an alarming rate.

You alright though?
heard a sickening story of a white dude getting arrested for drunk driving then getting gang raped in the holding cells while the cops watched and laughed. Needless to say the dude wasnt allowed his right to one telephone call.

I say we should all emigrate and leave this zoo to the animals.

*slight rant over... but it pisses me off to no end that racism like this is totally tolerated but if a white dude steps one toe over the line its headline news...racism is rasim. end of story. but lets not forget all the other evil shit goes down here on a daily basis*

I here theres awesome fishing spot in OZ... ya keen?

Anonymous said...

better pack your bags quickly , before the air fares double , due to rising fuel costs . The longer you hang around here the less likely you are to succeed else where in the 1st world as a shooter - the market is stagnating and agencies here are accepting crap work from shooters , and so dropping the standards of great photography to acceptable photography .

mallix said...

Oh yes I been through this too - for drinking in public, and for drug possession - - and when you actually realise what it's like to be "taken into the system" in South Africa you realise how fucked this country really is - bunch of slopshod wank, really. I love this country, I have invested millions in it but have recently applied for Australian citizenship... you never know huh. My sympathies.

mallix said...

Oh, and to "anonymous" I totally agree, my gf is a fashion photographer and all the fucking mags are selling out to the lowest price - it's going to knock the standard of magazines for sure - it pisses me off no-end..

Anonymous said...

Fucking cops man...I hate them. They're worse than the criminals at the moment. Been arrested twice for stupid things like that and harrassed countless other times. I had a gun to my head by a hijacker and was more stressed dealing with the cops afterwards.
*sigh*
I hate pigs
shane

Warren van Rensburg said...

Thanks for all the comments, I see I'm not alone in this. I added some lyrics to the post which I think are quite fitting.

Stefan Naude said...

Dont leave this place dude im ready for the war now. FUCK THOSE DUDES! Same shit went down at the Bohemian when they arrested a blind man and his dog for singing after 11:30... christ, he was booked to play there!!! and in the 13 years of the bar's innings thats never happened. they closed down the police station in Melville a couple of years back !!! and now they arrest innocent people on the street... All they want is the bars man and the money for the chaotic 2010 shit fest. I got one more Clash song for you to add - "Police and thieves"

Dino van der Merwe said...

Here's another appropriate song to add to the list Warren. Sorry to hear about your incident. Next time, (and hopefully there wont be a next time), at least take a photo while you in the cell :)

I predict a riot - Kaizer Chiefs

Watching the people get lairy
Is not very pretty I tell thee
Walking through town is quite scary
And not very sensible either
A friend of a friend he got beaten
He looked the wrong way at a policeman
Would never have happened to Smeaton
And old Leodiensian
La-ah-ah, la la lalala la
Ah-ah-ah, la la lalala la

I predict a riot, I predict a riot
I predict a riot, I predict a riot

I tried to get in my taxi
A man in a tracksuit attacked me
He said that he saw it before me
Wants to get things a bit gory
Girls run around with no clothes on
To borrow a pound for a condom
If it wasn't for chip fat, well they'd be frozen
They're not very sensible

La-ah-ah, la la lalala la
Ah-ah-ah, la la lalala la

I predict a riot, I predict a riot
I predict a riot, I predict a riot

And if there's anybody left in here
That doesn't want to be out there

Watching the people get lairy
Is not very pretty I tell thee
Walking through town is quite scary
And not very sensible

La-ah-ah, la la lalala la
Ah-ah-ah, la la lalala la

I predict a riot, I predict a riot
I predict a riot, I predict a riot

And if there's anybody left in here
That doesn't want to be out there

I predict a riot, I predict a riot
I predict a riot, I predict a riot

Musa Nxumalo said...

You went outside the club with a beer in your hand and the cops came! that's it bro'

If the cops didn't treat you fine then screw them dude - it's cops anyways who cares about police?
I really get pissed off when people start referring to racism when ever something wrong happens to them.

And for you Warren to make the statement you made about hating the country... I am really disapointed at you dude,I know you better! hope anger said that and not you. - Musa Nxumalo

Anonymous said...

Exact same thing happened to me. Literally. Standing on the sidewalk right outside Berlin with a beer in my hand. A police van drove up, they arrested me for being drunk in public and let me drive my car to the Brixton Police Station. At least I managed to steal Jackie Selebi's portrait from right under their noses on my way out the next morning.

Anonymous said...

Musa , get real . Its every one for themselves in the hell hole . WAKE UP and smell reality - it smells like burning rubber around some ones neck , it tastes like Ecoli in the water that our babies drink and die - and all we get is SPIN from the ANC . After 14 yrs , is this the BEST they have to offer . I think Warren is saying that he hates what SA has become !!