Liv­ing un­der con­stant threat is no way to live

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I RE­FER to the ar­ti­cle, “Places of wor­ship now equipped with se­cu­rity teams”, which ap­peared in your es­teemed news­pa­per, dated Au­gust 30-September 3.

There is a very sim­ple ex­pla­na­tion on the at­tacks on wor­ship­pers at tem­ples, churches, mosques and the un­ac­cept­ably high crime rate in our coun­try.

Our po­lice and the se­cu­rity agen­cies, in­stead of do­ing their man­dated tasks of pro­tect­ing cit­i­zens from crim­i­nals, are too pre­oc­cu­pied and busy look­ing at new ways to pro­tect our “cap­tured” pres­i­dent, Ja­cob Zuma and the network that sur­rounds him.

We can­not go to places of wor­ship for fear of be­ing at­tacked. We can­not visit fam­ily or friends with­out won­der­ing if we will be at­tacked en route or whether hi­jack­ers will ac­cost us in the driveway. We can­not at­tend func­tions for fear of be­ing at­tacked by crim­i­nals.

Even go­ing to the shop­ping malls to do our shop­ping is be­com­ing a dan­ger­ous ex­pe­di­tion, not know­ing whether you are go­ing to be at­tacked by crim­i­nals.

We are trapped and held pris­on­ers by in­hu­mane savage crim­i­nals who roam the coun­try and act with im­punity.

So, while our pres­i­dent and his acolytes en­joy the full pro­tec­tion of the law, or­di­nary South African cit­i­zens are at the mercy of sub-hu­man be­ings, de­void of feel­ings and prone to pulling the trig­ger.

But what is re­ally dis­ap­point­ing is the stun­ning si­lence and lack of ac­tion by the DA. Be­ing the of­fi­cial op­po­si­tion and watch­dog, it has so far failed to flex its mus­cles to gal­vanise the au­thor­i­ties to ad­dress a very grave sit­u­a­tion, where the lives of law-abid­ing cit­i­zens are un­der con­stant threat be­cause they are too en­grossed in the pur­suit of Zuma and his co­horts. SAN­JAY SINGH


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