Killing of top de­tec­tive fi­nal straw

Daily News - - METRO -

THE bru­tal killing of Charl Kinnear demon­strates ei­ther the in­ep­ti­tude or un­will­ing­ness of the govern­ment to com­bat crime as it seems un­able to stop the mur­der of mem­bers of the po­lice force and the re­peated mur­ders that oc­cur on a daily ba­sis in our cities.

The fi­nal straw is the death of a top de­tec­tive.

What is the use of a R1 million re­ward, be­sides re­in­forc­ing the idea that the govern­ment does not know what to do?

It just shows how the gang mem­bers are in con­trol in some ar­eas.

Surely there need to be reg­u­lar armed forces pa­trols in these ar­eas? What do our sol­diers do? Surely their pres­ence would be a de­ter­rent to the vi­cious thugs that rule our streets?

The pub­lic should not have to witness the deaths of in­no­cent chil­dren caught in gang cross­fire, which happens on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, the drive- by shoot­ings that con­tinue un­abated.

Has the govern­ment lost the plot and is it al­low­ing the gangs as­cen­dancy in our towns?

It’s a very se­ri­ous state of af­fairs when cit­i­zens can­not walk the streets with­out fear of be­ing gunned down by crim­i­nal el­e­ments and I want to ask Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa what he pro­poses to do about this threat to our na­tion.

J M CHIPKIN | Fres­naye

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