At least in South Africa, however, the donkey may not feel bypassed by time. The animal is to play a key role in the fight against crime. “If you don’t have a car, ride a bicycle or a donkey,” the Minister of Police told new recruits. The cops may be slower arriving than in a Mercedes; but at least the donkey can make it to distant shanty towns and villages on the veld to enforce the law.
The CID may balk at this transport: donkeys are rarely credited with intelligence, and nobody likes a smart ass. They are surely underestimated. A donkey is the perfect vehicle, even in modern cities. It can find its way home unaided, a boon to drunks, the weary and those with no sense of direction. It can cope with potholes, runs on cheap fuel and isn’t as temperamental as a 1979 Austin Allegro. They are the perfect police vehicle. Saddle up!