Kekeletso Nakeli-Dhliwayo
2 minute read
12 May 2022
5:30 am

South Africa is under siege and silence worsens crime in our communities

Kekeletso Nakeli-Dhliwayo

We are not all going to stop crime, but by omission, we are allowing them to flourish.

JMPD officers try to keep community members away from two suspects that reportedly robbed a supermarket in Eldorado Park on Thursday. Photo: Supplied

The crime in South Africa has really gone beyond the point of any redemption. As a country, we are under siege. It seems the only pushback civilians have is to arm themselves, notwithstanding the legislation that ties the victim when crime knocks on their door. In townships, mob justice has become the norm. My sympathy should not be mistaken for tolerance for any wrongdoers – if they kidnapped or even tried to, they should face the full might of the law… The criminals in the communities are people known to us. We all know who they are and what they...