Sydney Majoko
3 minute read
29 Mar 2022
4:45 am

Attacks on prominent people show low efficacy of police work in the war against crime

Sydney Majoko

The attacks on prominent people must not be given special treatment by either the media or law enforcement.

South African artist Esther Mahlangu exhibits her paintings at Melrose Art Gallery in Johannesburg. Picture: Ihsaan Haffejee/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

On Friday, a group of young men walked into a surgery in Diepkloof, Soweto. A few minutes later, Dr George Koboka was shot dead in broad daylight. CCTV footage shows there were a number of patients in the surgery waiting their turn to be attended to by the doctor. A few days before that, world-renowned Ndebele artist Esther Mahlangu was attacked in her home in Mpumalanga. Sadly, these two attacks received media attention only because of who the victims are. In “normal” South Africa, similar incidents hardly ever make the news. Koboka is not the first Soweto doctor to lose...