Greed can transform humans into scavengers & vultures.
Garnishee orders of ten times more than the original loan amount may have been one of the catalysts behind the Lonmin strikes and the tragic consequences.
That humans [the ones who setup such abusive garnishee orders] can reduce themselves to such depravity, even if legal, is repulsive. Where the law does not condemn such practices it is indeed the proverbial "ass".
Whoever setup such vile garnishee orders should be named and shamed.
We unfortunately have predators that have gravitated to 'service provision' in the field of collecting arrears - but natural scavengers like hyenas and vultures are actually noble in contrast.
The vast majority of those in debt are in such circumstances through Life's misfortunes and not because they are 'dishonourable'; greater wisdom is needed to deal with collecting arrears, and the one-dimensional method of jackboots and gruff voices are not the way forward.
South African municipal arrears are escalating - and the revenue collecting sector is mostly failing because it follows outdated approaches.
Municipal managers too are failing - municipal sustainability requires holistic approaches, and depending upon classical revenue collection to fix 'things' is outdated and not in touch with reality.
Perhaps the Marikana Commission should seek the tipping point in the unethical excesses of debt collectors and their legal representatives.