Cops have lost control

2014-11-09 15:00

The brutal murder of Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain Senzo Meyiwa at the hands of merciless gun-toting criminals is an indictment of the current state of policing in South Africa.

The recent public incidents of crime where guns were involved, such as the robbery and shooting of former ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu and the robbery at another Bafana player’s house, Sibusiso Vilakazi, indicate that the police have lost control of the streets.

Senzo had a right to be where he wanted to be, and it was his prerogative to associate with whomever at any time he wanted without his life being threatened by crime.

The blame for Senzo’s death and the multitude of other gun-related crimes that now dominate in South Africa, specifically Gauteng, must be placed on an inept police force that has been steadily won over by corruption.

The majority in the police force are not dedicated to their jobs because they have taken a cue from the prevailing attitude that says everything in the course of their duty must result in personal gain.

Ever since the dominating faction of “I must eat first” politicians that took over the running of this country, the security cluster that is mainly the police and the intelligence agencies have been severely incapacitated because they have ceased to play their rightful roles as per the Constitution.

Senzo’s death and the senseless deaths of numerous other people that we never get to know about because they are not public figures must prompt an urgent and sincere introspection of the constitutional roles of the security cluster by Parliament.

It is long overdue.

Don Shongwe

Northcliff, Johannesburg

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