Same Apartheid Police Service (SAPS) Guarding Napoleon Zuma

2015-11-09 11:42

What has been an open secret to South Africans for a number of years is the lack of reform when it comes to key government policies which have a direct effect on people thus the increasing in number of protests right across the board. What has happened to South Africa is an Orwellian prediction that prompts one to constantly revisit history at the face of current events .

The South African Police Service has bulldozed its way into daily papers, sadly for the wrong reasons and this has been the case since 1994. In the last decade police brutality has tripled and that is a cause for concern for South Africans and all that call it home. Marikana, the incident that made the world look at us again, has been gently swept underneath the carpet by the administration. A trick borrowed I believe from the very person who suggested the TRC as a "fix-it" pill for South Africans post apartheid. The same methodology has been applied countless times and the recent shooting , coupled with police brutality against students all caught on tape (for the record)  will too fall  victim to this. A lack of reform on the very structures that were used as a tool of oppression, has led me to believe that it is the Same Apartheid Police Service (SAPS).

The SAPS continued where the Apartheid Police stopped. Police brutality is tied to our historically violent country, but we can not condone the treatment of South African inhabitants by Same Apartheid Police Service. The "Shoot To Kill" approach made famous by then Police Commissioner Bheki Cele has had an everlasting  ripple effect in the police service. It has seen a police service hire a gun as its mouthpiece & violence as its baton; this has only managed to enrage critiques of the Police Service and draws further attention to the already fragile leg of the government.

The issue here is systemic and that reverses the attention back to the leadership of the SAPS and the now, all so very important ANC. If President Jacob Zuma can make such a declaration , 'The hapless compromise of a leader of the ANC' then he has been deliberately snubbing hiring competent people in the structures of government that could possibly challenge him. The Judiciary has been  under fire and accused of judicial overreach in parliament by the current administration reaffirmed by Blade "Squealer" Ndizmande. Additionally, the appointment of National Police commissioners has been long under review and criticism because they have successfully overlooked qualified and competent candidates to satisfy political scores. This, for many, is further proof of the incompetency of this current administration. However, the growing anxiety among South Africans is easily explained when you look at what has transpired since Zuma took office.

The Judiciary is key in maintaining law and in places where the judiciary cannot be there, the police are there as the ground runners that ensure law is maintained. Napoleon Zuma has played a heavy hand in selection of people to fill the seats closest to him. What I would label as Presidential overreach is what promulgated unaccountable leaders within South Africa. This not foreign to South Africans, A Long Walk To Freedom ago we faced the same problems. There was a brutal Police Service who only answered to Botha, a Judiciary known to enforce law by race and a government oblivious to the plight of their people.

What Zuma has done is take the already problematic Police Service and throw it on the lap of a social worker still reeling from the experiences of Marikana. He did not  just stop there he also made sure the police honour the part of their vision, mission and values that allow for  free roam of the select few (Shaik / Yengeni ) whilst the rest of the people suffer years of unaddressed violence and brutality. Are we facing the  Same Apartheid Police Service in a "democratic" South Africa?

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