Zuma to blame for crime in SA

Sunday Tribune - - NEWS&VIEWS -

THE death of Sa­dia Sukhraj and the crim­i­nal­ity tak­ing place in Kwazulu-natal, es­pe­cially in ethek­wini, should be laid squarely at the foot of for­mer pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma.

To pro­tect him­self and the crim­i­nal net­work that sur­rounded him, Zuma en­gi­neered the un­der­min­ing and de­struc­tion of in­sti­tu­tions such as Par­lia­ment, the po­lice, the in­tel­li­gence ser­vices and the Na­tional Pros­e­cut­ing Author­ity, giv­ing crim­i­nals free rein to wreak havoc.

Our se­cu­rity es­tab­lish­ment spent the past decade try­ing its best not to see the crime be­ing com­mit­ted against the South African state and its peo­ple.

The Zuma regime shred­ded the po­lice and the jus­tice de­part­ment of some of its finest brains. Many top in­ves­ti­ga­tors and those who were right for pro­mo­tion were prod­ded to take early re­tire­ment or booted. They were re­placed by a bunch of in­com­pe­tents.

Does the name Shaun Abra­hams ring a bell?

Dur­ing Zuma’s ten­ure, the cu­mu­la­tive ef­fects of slap-dash in­ves­ti­ga­tions and devil-may-care at­ti­tude in the po­lice force, as well as cor­rup­tion, brought this coun­try to the verge of an­ar­chy.

To ex­ac­er­bate this, the wheels of jus­tice wob­ble along and take a long time to be­gin a trial and mete out jus­tice. Ev­ery at­tempt is made to find ex­ten­u­at­ing cir­cum­stances to blunt the edge of re­tribu­tive jus­tice. We are not go­ing to de­ter crim­i­nals if we sub­ject them to kid glove treat­ment.

It must also be noted that crim­i­nals who hi­jack ve­hi­cles are only the foot soldiers. The real vil­lains are the crime syn­di­cates.

Po­lice Min­is­ter Bheki Cele and na­tional po­lice com­mis­sioner Gen­eral Khehla Sit­hole have a tough task of bring­ing the state se­cu­rity agen­cies back to nor­mal­ity. But we are con­fi­dent they will rise to the oc­ca­sion.

In the mean­time, the po­lice and the NPA need to do their job with­out fear or favour. Un­less this is done, crime syn­di­cates will turn our coun­try into killing fields.

JAYRAJ BACHU Clare Es­tate

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