02 August, 2021

A Crying Shame

A Crying Shame
The biggest talking point at the start of the week concerned Hansie Cronje breaking down on national television and weeping openly at the end of his three-day cross-examination. Public sympathy for the man increased as a cricket-mad nation empathised with the grief-stricken former captain who had to be helped off the witness stand, even though his actions in the match-fixing saga were not entirely excused. The fallen hero's father, Ewie Cronje, also made an impassioned plea to the public to leave Cronje alone, saying he had already suffered enough. He appealed to the nation to give his son the chance to make a new life for himself.

Strangely, though, Cronje's good cry came shortly after he had jokingly told the King Commission that his wife would cut off his "other testicle" if she found one more dollar in their house. This-and other similar light-hearted exchanges between Cronje and Judge King-sparked off laughter at the Centre for the Book where the hearings are being held. But it was to be followed by an opening of the floodgates after Cronje was excused from the...

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