Lawlessness on the rise in SA - ISS

2012-08-27 10:22

Johannesburg - South Africa is in the grip of increasing lawlessness, according to a senior researcher at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), Beeld reported on Monday.

According to an essay written by Johan Burger more than a week before the Marikana mine shootings, blame for anarchy cannot simply be attributed to contempt for the law or the absence of law enforcement, but should include the failure of government, and its absence.

"It looks like vigilante attacks are also on the increase, and these are becoming more violent and deadly," he was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

Academics and Wits University students took part in a march last week, to protest against the social inequalities they blame for tragedies like Marikana.

"This is what we did in 1948, 1949, 1950 when we protested against the apartheid laws," weeping struggle veteran and advocate George Bizos told Beeld during the march.

"I never thought it would ever be necessary to take part in a march again," he said.

When he was asked if he thought South Africa was becoming more violent, he said "I don't just think so, it's a fact".

According to Burger, violent protests also make it necessary for the police to divert limited resources away from the battle against crime.

  • bones.mine - 2012-08-27 10:34

    Surprise, surprise...

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-08-27 10:36

      Which youthful, militant voice is inciting all this unrest and violence??? Let's take care of that problem and restore peace and order!

      jonathancfarrell - 2012-08-27 10:42


      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-08-27 11:00

      "Lawlessness on the rise in SA"-Tell me something I don't know!

      jo.barton.92 - 2012-08-27 11:08

      The problem I have with this is that this is only the beginning.We haven't seen anything yet.When the ruling party has a very militant youth league and they themselves are not interested in the safety of it's people,this will continue. - 2012-08-27 11:14

      a lawless government leads to a lawless society, treat the cause and not the symptoms

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-27 11:35

      Indeed no surprise - you can fool some of the people some of the time, but you cant....................

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-08-27 11:47

      jfarway, 100% correct, they are busy trying to cause mayhem down here in the Cape, they are determined to turn this country into another Nigeria, or worse, Helen won't take their crap down here, bunch of lawless thugs, they need sorting out big time.

      travis.vermaak - 2012-08-27 11:53

      With criminals running our country is anyone surprised

      tc.convulvulous - 2012-08-27 11:55

      When they said it in 1999 Thabo Mbeki said " is racism to say that..!" Now the chickens are roosting and the lawlessness is entrenched. What will the ANC say now? Blame it on "..Verwoerd". God, save this country from the plundering ANC, please, we beg.

      Vince.York - 2012-08-28 22:06

      In both scenarios:- 1/. the anc deliberately intended the youth to become lawless or 2/. the anc unintentionally through continued pursuance of high levels of stupidity exacerbated the levels of youth lawlessness they have FAILED IN EPIC PROPORTIONS..... just where has mbeki setup the classroom for breast beating and braying like mugabe in his african transformation leadership animal farm - untouched by human hands?

      sachasea - 2012-08-29 04:57

      When you're ruled by criminals how can you expect society to behave any different?

      thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-08-29 08:12

      @jfarway1, this article is not only about the Cape Town march but the whole country. Most protests are not ANCYL related.

  • peter.j.cock - 2012-08-27 10:34

    As if we don't know !!

      fredster.mania.5 - 2012-08-27 11:05

      What is the goverment's plan? What is the deterrent for crime? a nice stay with your buddies and a warm bed with free food, just in case your robbery does not work...both ways crime wins

  • shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-08-27 10:35

    Criminlas are treated like the VICTIMS in this country, and thats why they dont care what they do or how they do it, they KNOW they will not get the harshest punishment, and that it will more likely be a slap on te wrist.

  • boltonbarry - 2012-08-27 10:35

    Your essay is about 18 years to late

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-08-27 10:39

    This we know! When you allow banned figures like Malema to stoke the fires,have corrupt officals who are looking the other way and a country being robbed daily by the people who are supposed to be running it,what do you expect? They can write all the "essays",have all the talk,however the most important thing is what are they going to do about it?????

  • ludlowdj - 2012-08-27 10:40

    when law becomes unjust, protest becomes a duty.

      travis.vermaak - 2012-08-27 15:10

      "Protest" is translated into "Riot" in South Africa.

  • wendy.schneider3 - 2012-08-27 10:41

    the anc is above the law, so if they can, so i can is the attitude!

  • UNITY - 2012-08-27 10:41

    Should we be surprised , No.. We should have a national mourning every year for all citizens of this country. Police statistics on a lower crime rate ? Common we talking about peoples lives here. Even the cops are scared to approach a scene for fear of losing their lives. The social inequality of rich to poor is widening, and its poor people that will resort to crime , to stay afloat!!!

  • steveroodt - 2012-08-27 10:44

    Welcome to Africa

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-27 10:44

    This is what happens in a country without a governemnt.

      Erna - 2012-08-27 10:46

      Hear hear! There is no leadership! The sad thing is, if not zuma, than who? (in the anc I mean). It's too much to wish for a change of government - won't happen in my lifetime.

      michael.vanrheenen.9 - 2012-08-27 11:08

      @ Erna - Thuli can do the job! She has the brains for it!

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-27 11:36

      Indeed. Very sad. And yet, the potential....

  • martin.britchford.9 - 2012-08-27 10:48

    vigilante attacks get more violent cos the perps are more brazen and violent.. violence breeds violence. failed banana state

  • iceman196 - 2012-08-27 10:50

    what a surprise, really, why dont you dimwits shut your kiddie brigade down and enforce proper sadf martial law, not your play play toi toi thing you call a defence force, HAND THIS COUNTRY OVER TO PROFESSIONALS WHO KNOW HOW TO QUELL THIS PROTEST BS

  • gvangreunen - 2012-08-27 10:52

    Anarchy - from the ancient Greek "anarkhos": an = "not" and arkhos = "ruler" meaning "without rulers". It is a state this country has been in for the last decade! What more can we expect when we have a ruling class set on voraciously exploiting the coffers of a false economy in full view of their uneducated voters who they keep stupid enough to continue voting for them!

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-08-27 10:55

    Wondering: Civil Unrest, then declaration of war, then declaration of emergency. It is sick indeed for the majority and others to look at something like this as a way to "resolve" their "problems", which were never theirs' to begin with. Life is bliss when you choose to live in other's shadows and you are being made the fool, as "collateral damage". Some () alreay have a lot of innocent blood on their hands. A perfect example of Troy. So-called honour, destiny, man made gods, greed, hatred, power, land and wealth all comes to mind. The wheel will turn.

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-08-27 10:55

    N Vis vrot van sy kop af.

      gvangreunen - 2012-08-27 11:24

      daar's n drol in die drink water!

  • mariana.corcoran - 2012-08-27 10:58

    When the ANC came in Law and order went out back door. They do not have a clue to run a country or to manage anything. Sad story to see what is happening to our beautiful country

      annalene.nel - 2012-08-27 12:26

      agree, agree, agree, 100% agree with you mariana.

  • Hemlock - 2012-08-27 11:00

    Tell us something we DON'T already know !!

  • Jane - 2012-08-27 11:01

    We all know who is responsible for the lawlessness and violent crimes in South Africa, and as long as their 'leaders' are in government this country doesn't stand a chance.

  • slritchie - 2012-08-27 11:07

    Democracy cannot and will not ever work in places like Africa where the majority vote with their hearts and not their heads because they simply dont have the intelligence to make informed decisions on there future and well being. When will the world wake up to this fact and stop trying to force democracy here. All the ills this country faces today are a direct result of this flawed system which sees populists and corruption thriving!

  • hjvanrensburg - 2012-08-27 11:07

    Ok what is the solution to this? Everyone should stop complaining and DO something about this problem. It's clear this government is not working. Let's get one in power that could make this country work!!! And this is not wishful thinking. Anything is possible.

      Christovb - 2012-08-27 11:42

      Jy is so reg! Ons moet ophou kla, hand in eie boesem steek, kyk wat ons positief kan doen om SA 'n beter land te maak. As ons meer geduldig en verdraagsaam is teenoormekaar en leef en laat leef, kan dit net beter gaan. Ek weet net nie of hierdie regering die mag sal laat gaan nie. Hulle is so magsbehep en geldgierig dis om van naar te word. Miljoene der miljoene van ons belastinggeld word elke dag verkwansel op hul gemaksugtigheid en selfsugtige begeertes. Korrupsie is die norm, nie die afwyking nie. Ons kan dit regstel by die stembus. Daar is baie mense in hierdie land wie wetteloos is en net wil maak soos hulle wil. Kyk hoeveel mense verontagsaam die wet op alle terreine ry deur rooi verkeersligte, ry onverdraagsaam, ry te vinnig, ry wetteloos en dan spog party as hul dronk bestuur het en die verkeersbeampte kon omkoop! Sic! Hoeveel mense moet vir ander motoriste wys hul het ook 'n selfoon en daarop praat as hul bestuur. As mens bestuur, jou selfoon vashou en 'n gesprek voer met iemand, is jy net so goed soos 'n potensiele moordenaar. Ons is in sekere opsigte 'n baie hardkoppige eiewyse land met baie mense wie deur niemand en niks voorgeskryf wil word nie. Ek doen dit nie want met die absolute geen respek vir lewe in hierdie land, kan jy doodgemaak word as jy vir iemand wys hy doen iets verkeerds of onwettig. Nee, ek is nie 'n Jannie jammergat, sinies of negatief nie, net realisties. Ons is 'n sogenaamde Christelike land en 'n sogenaamde gelowige land, ons moet dit uitleef!

      bobo.jane.1 - 2012-08-27 12:09

      hjvanrensburg: I`m open for any suggestions...The problem is complicated and if people think for one moment that the ANC will give up power after being voted out they are making a big mistake...If things are not going their way, they create riots through their stupid youth league to make the country ungovernable, this will eventually lead to civil war and a state of emergency will be declared so that they can remain in power.

      stevie0064 - 2012-08-27 14:01

      Problem #1: It is a minority that thinks this government is dysfunctional. Problem #2: We currently languish under an egalitarian democracy. Or in other words, the people that can see what's wrong and know what needs to change are the very same people that have zero power to change things. Majority rules. End of story. The differing views of the people of this country on how to solve our myriad problems always leads me to one conclusion: two.state.solution

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-08-27 11:08

    What do they expect, when we do not have any leadership, apart from a group of corrupt incompetents?

  • siphiwo.maurice - 2012-08-27 11:09

    This is sad to all of us, as South Africans, and I am sure, we cannot just fold our arms and watch as this beloved country, slides down the drain. A situation like this, needs everybody to stand together and save our land.

  • nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-08-27 11:19

    we warned the ANC, but no, they were too busy partying, buying cars & filling thier own pockets with tenders, now the cancer has spread.... Vote DA

  • joe.bat.52 - 2012-08-27 11:21

    not surprised at me civilian unrest will happen sooner rather than later..there will be dissident and politiciking power claim and thus leading to etnic violence..i see it coming to the southern tip of africa..

  • sisie.indola - 2012-08-27 11:25

    And has increased 100% on Zuma's watch - what does that tell you? I am always amazed by these so called reports, when the public has been saying the same thing for years, you really don't need a commission of inquiry to tell you that - which will last 5 years so that the people involved can reap the benefits of the coffers.

      shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-08-27 11:47

      Its called Job Creation LOL

  • Shaun Mawanda Faniso - 2012-08-27 11:26

    there is lawlessness becos the system is failing becouse it is created by man that are greedy and want to take care of themselves.. i say let the lawlessness rise until every structure of the lawfully corrupt collapses, becos the only rule that needs to surfac is the rule of God not the rule of man

  • Zubair Hansrod - 2012-08-27 11:26

    Anybody know how one gets in to government and politics? Seriously , even i could do better. But then again so can a dog with rabies...

  • shaylene.stenger - 2012-08-27 11:31

    We have a lawlessness goverment!!!! That's why our country is in the state its in!

  • martiens.j.bekker - 2012-08-27 11:39

    Some of us knew this was coming....

  • tommy.hains2 - 2012-08-27 11:46

    See my comment on Face Book it is the truth and nothing but the truth. So help me whoever.

  • heinrich.fillis - 2012-08-27 11:48

    Messed up this country has become

  • andrew.surtees1 - 2012-08-27 11:50

    thats because people in south africa just expect to get money they havent worked for or that the havent got the qualifications for, what more must i say besides the fact that our government is blady useless and are a bunch of thieves, yes Zuma you are useless and should step down you selfish bastard!

  • netswera.livhuwani - 2012-08-27 11:50

    I am very surprised by researchers even bothering on getting findings on the increase on violence and the absence of proper governance in this country. This is nothing new if you may ask those who are exposed and know better from the realities they face every day, South Africa is a country without a president, it is headless, ungoverned and in commotion. We plead to the African National Congress to please relive Mr Jacob Geje Zuma from the presidency as soon as they can before this country blowup in flames that he is busy fueling with his stupidity and ignorance.

      stevie0064 - 2012-08-27 11:57

      And if they don't want to relieve him of his position? Are you as a voting citizen prepared to turn the other cheek for another 5 years of infrastructure decay, lawlessness, and corruption?

  • deon.dutoit.758 - 2012-08-27 11:51

    i believe for a positive turn-around of the problem, we have to reinstate something drastic and serious as punitive action to prove and show these people that it does not pay become lawless, and stop this petty "we are the good guys" attitude and reistate stronger punitive measures that work........

  • bobo.jane.1 - 2012-08-27 11:58

    I will say it again...Sometimes people don`t want to see the truth, because they don`t want their illusions destroyed. The "Rainbow" is fading for SA...Lawlessness is only the beginning of a monster created by no one else than those leeches in the cANCer..Eventually it will become worse and worse until they declare a state of emergency before elections to remain in power..The ANC is the septic tank of SA.

  • Mike_or_Mpho - 2012-08-27 11:59

    Surely not...

  • bryan.culross - 2012-08-27 12:11

    dvocate Bizos, does it not dawn on you that you are a contributing factor and here I refer, by way of example, to your unwavering support for Winnie Mandela, who has shown herself to have no respect for the rule of law!

      sandra.j.rennie - 2012-08-27 12:33

      Exactly Bryan, what did Bizos expect from this lot. He is gonna weep a lot more when he sees all his work was in vain!

  • richard.zanner - 2012-08-27 12:13

    So what part of SA is under control other than their personal bank accounts.

  • vuledzani.vule.5 - 2012-08-27 12:16

    who is fooling who,who is at the people's side?

  • andre.burrows.92 - 2012-08-27 12:18

    This is the democracy all wanted, giving voting rights to uneducated morons.Keep struggling comrades!

  • herman.heil - 2012-08-27 12:19

    NO Way..........can't be.......the anc has everything mos under control......

  • annalene.nel - 2012-08-27 12:33

    please leave stortkop alone, he needs another 5 years to enrich his family, he is not done yet...

  • stefan.kruger.1297 - 2012-08-27 13:08

    Someone needs to seriously take a big shoe, put it on their feet and kick everyone in the ANC to the face... and scream in their faces the following... NOW YOU SEE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOUR GOVERNMENT RUN OUR COUNTRY!!!!!

  • noeln.petzer - 2012-08-27 13:15

    I think this is judgement coming ... The majority of people in this country claim to be Christian ... yet they vote for a bigamist as their leader ... in direct defiance of their own Bible ... That is like a Moslem ... claiming to be a Moslem ... then eating pork on Fridays ... in direct defiance of the Koran ... I believe God is not mocked ... if you claim to be a Christian then you should live according to the tenants of the Bible ... if you claim to be a Moslem then you should live according to the tenants of the Koran ... if you claim to be a Hindu you should live according to the tenants of the Vedics ... if you are an Atheist then you should live according to the moral codes of the great humanists ... etc (Surprisingly they are all very much the same) .. Otherwise God will hold you accountable according to your own claims ... and you and the nation will be judged according to what you claim is your moral code ... (for the atheist, that means that the natural outworking will be pain and strife from making immoral decisions) ...

      boeretroos.redakteur - 2012-08-27 13:24

      You are correct. This is only the beginning of judgement on a lawless, unforgiving, hatred filled and corrupt black anc nation.

      richard.russmann - 2012-08-27 14:25

      Not entirely true. Most people voted for the ANC. Not Zuma. The party themselves voted for Zuma.....this is our system. Rightly or wrongly.

  • denis.dendrinos - 2012-08-27 13:39

    The plain and simple problem is this - the ANC are too scared to crack down in fear of losing popularity and votes. So they let anyone and everyone do pretty much what they want in case they're seen as opposing the poor. They cannot enforce law because they need and want to be seen as the saviours ans liberators - and it flies in that imagine if they punish criminals and those who use violence to get their way.

  • frank.crane.180 - 2012-08-27 14:14

    Good morning smell the coffee.

  • richard.russmann - 2012-08-27 14:21

    I think we ALL know this. The big issue is, come the next election, guess who will get voted back with a 2/3 majority? If people are truelly not happy, then why do they put the same thieves back in power with enough of a majority that they do not give a damn, which clearly they don't. Until this changes, nothing will change. I don't blame race, or poverty, or anything like that. It has everything to do with too much is human nature. We need checks and balances, a balanced parliament has allowed all western countries to thrive, for the most part, for the last 100 years. But if the electorate blindly put the same fools in power, the jokes on them.

  • gavin.taylor.79 - 2012-08-27 14:39

    Absolute rubbish !!! Right wing propaganda once again !!!! Zuma said all citizens are safe and he is the prez, so it must be true. Now that you all feel safe and re-assured, make sure you all vote for the ANC at the next election...

  • smkalipi - 2012-08-27 14:52

    Its funny that all white people are blaming the youth league. the hypocricy of white people is very sad that they speak of South Africa as an alien country... I saw grow some balls, take responsibility and own the problems of your state.

      sagin.verity - 2012-08-27 15:44

      I say You are the problem not the white man. Go stuff yourself , idiot.

      stevie0064 - 2012-08-29 12:09

      Wait, you're saying a small minority must now take responsibility for the problems that were created by the majority? In a democracy where only the majority matters? Do you have any idea how utterly absurd that is? The majority voted the ANC in. Most of the social problems are a direct result of the catastrophic ineptitude of the ANC. Now since the ANC (and by proxy the ANCYL) is hell-bent on strengthening racial division and mistrust amongst the electorate, it is quite clearly the blacks who should be "growing a pair" and "owning the problem".

  • ro.jhb.1 - 2012-08-28 17:40

    Its getting worse and will get worse. The fact is that the leaders (so called) are lawless and as such the masses will be lawless. You reap what you sow!