Tuesday, September 23, 2008

It's the crime, stupid

After watching President Mbeki’s resignation speech, DA leader Helen Zille said, “The future depends on how we react to the tumult. This is a time for bold leadership and fresh thinking.”

Despite my concern for our country at this time, one thing I can say for sure, is that we could do with some “fresh thinking” when it comes to safety and security in South Africa.

Let’s face it, President Mbeki and Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula weren’t exactly forthcoming when it came to discussing crime.

In fact, Mbeki’s government denied that crime was even a problem!

Last year President Mbeki declared: “Nobody can prove that the majority of the country’s 40 to 50 million citizens think that crime is spinning out of control”, and who can forget the day that Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula told Parliament that South Africans concerned about crime have two choices – they could either “whinge until they are blue in the face” or “simply leave this country”. (click below)

On both of their parts, there was certainly a lack of leadership and direction. The fact that Jackie Selebi was allowed to continue as Police Commissioner, despite his alleged links to some of South Africa's most notorious crime bosses, illustrates their weak sense of judgement.

Then there is the centralisation of the SAPS and the scrapping of specialised units such as the commandos’ and the child protection units, which have already proven to be a failure.

In terms of policy, Nqakula, under the leadership of Mbeki, showed no consistent analysis of solutions to crime.

Instead, the citizens of the country were left the task of addressing crime through community policing and community safety programmes, and most criminals are free to operate with impunity, safe in the knowledge that their crimes will go unreported or undetected.

If they are caught, there is a good chance that they will never face justice: police dockets disappear, evidence goes missing, prosecutors are not adequately prepared, the results of forensic tests are delayed, and cases get postponed over and over again until they are dismissed.

No one knows whether Nqakula will continue as the Minister for safety and security, however, I have to admit, I would not be too sad to see him go.

I just pray they don’t let Julius Malema anywhere near those Cabinet doors!!!!

In case you have forgotten what Mbeki and his 'collective' brought to the country, the video below should remind you. Snap out of it. Mbeki's going is a good thing.

1 Opinion(s):

Anonymous said...

Well. I have left.