Correctional Services said that “matters are under control” at Johannesburg’s Sun City Prison on Wed.
We believe that finding Kabelo Thibedi guilty and sentencing him to five years' imprisonment is a classic case of treating the symptom but ignoring the root of the problem.
Home Affairs should, like Thibedi, also stand in the dock. It should face trial for having failed Thibedi - and for failing South Africa - as it has done countless times before.
Thibedi stood up against a system he believed was the cause of his misery, a system which denied him his basic birthright: his own ID.
He lost his patience with the system, as many South Africans also have, and, taking out a toy gun he held a Home Affairs official hostage, demanding that his ID be processed.
Thibedi's anger and frustration had been building up over three years, the unnecessary time he spent being sent from pillar to post by inept, uncaring officials.
Yes, Thibedi is guilty. Holding a hostage and pointing a firearm - toy gun or not - is not kid's stuff, it is a serious criminal matter.
Yes, a civilised country such as South Africa cannot condone such behaviour - but we believe Home Affairs must share the blame in this sorry saga.
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