While SA is a country plagued by deep problems, there is now only a single question that we all want answered: can this government turn the law-and-order situation around? writes Carol Paton.
For the past three decades, SA has experienced rapid political and social change. But since 1994, the country has been stable. That is not true anymore. We are now, events over the past year have shown, an unstable society.
While everybody knew that the looting and riots of last July were of major significance, that there has been a qualitative deterioration in stability has since been confirmed by successive incidents. These include a growing number of mass shootings, chaotic protests like in Tembisa last week, and the outpouring of anger over unfettered illegal mining, which has wrought violence and mayhem on nearby communities.