Editorials
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21 Jul 2021
5:20 am

Government ‘security cluster’ exists in name only

Editorials

Excused the lack of quick reaction police doesn't explain why they stood and watched while the lawlessness unfolded in front of their eyes.

Members of the SANDF are seen at Maponya Mall, 20 July 2021, after the mall re-opened for business following mass looting and riots last week which took place at various shopping centres around Soweto. Maponya Mall was unaffected by the looting. Picture: Michel Bega

One thing was abundantly clear during and after the anarchy which overtook parts of our country last week, we have a government “security cluster” which exists in name only. The intelligence services, apparently, did not have a clue what was about to happen… and that people sympathetic to former president Jacob Zuma were about to launch a “putsch” to oust their nemesis, President Cyril Ramaphosa. While that may have excused the lack of quick reaction from our police service initially, it did not explain why most of our cops stood by watching while the lawlessness unfolded in front of their...