Well done, long arm of the law

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS -

DE­SPITE the eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal chal­lenges we are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing, South Africa re­mains a great coun­try with end­less un­ful­filled po­ten­tial. As a coun­try, we have demon­strated our great­ness in our achieve­ment of a peace­ful tran­si­tion when the whole world was prepar­ing for civil war in the south­ern tip of the African con­ti­nent. We also demon­strated our abil­ity to punch above our weight in our suc­cess­ful host­ing of the Rugby and Fifa Soc­cer World Cups in 1995 and 2010 re­spec­tively.

How­ever, our gov­ern­ment’s abil­ity to ef­fec­tively deal with the scourge of crime is threat­en­ing to undo all the achieve­ments we have made as a coun­try since 1994.

That is why we want to con­grat­u­late our men and women in blue for the ar­rest of the crim­i­nal king­pin al­legedly in­volved in a spate of mall rob­beries in Dur­ban. This syn­di­cate has been stag­ing brazen rob­beries at a string of shop­ping malls and jew­ellery stores, steal­ing ex­pen­sive mer­chan­dise.

Po­lice spokesper­son Bri­gadier Jay Naicker said the sus­pects were ar­rested at their hide­outs in uMlazi and po­lice re­cov­ered watches and ex­pen­sive per­fumes be­lieved to have been taken in some of the rob­beries.

We al­ways crit­i­cise the po­lice for their fail­ure to ar­rest sus­pects and put a stop to these high-pro­file rob­beries.

It is, there­fore, sat­is­fy­ing to know that the po­lice con­tinue with their painstak­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions of these crimes long af­ter the public ou­trage has moved on to fo­cus on other things.

Shop­ping malls are places where peo­ple go to have fun and un­wind. Be­ing held up while do­ing your shop­ping is the last thing on your mind.

By ar­rest­ing these crim­i­nals, po­lice are tak­ing the first step to­wards en­sur­ing that they are re­moved from so­ci­ety.

As cit­i­zens who pay taxes, we de­serve to en­ter­tain our­selves in places that are safe and se­cure.

Now the ball is in the court of the De­part­ment of Jus­tice, which has to make sure that these per­pe­tra­tors are re­moved from so­ci­ety once and for all.

If po­lice do their work more ef­fec­tively and ef­fi­ciently, we can make mean­ing­ful strides to­wards erad­i­cat­ing crime in our so­ci­ety.

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