Enemies of peace

The picture of two the masked Pagad members brandishing guns outside a nightclub in Durban in yesterday's edition was menacing indeed.

The picture of two the masked Pagad members brandishing guns outside a nightclub in Durban in yesterday's edition was menacing indeed.

Of course, it is imperative that in condemning such acts we do not lose sight of the reasons that lead people to take the law into their own hands to protect their neighbourhoods from gangsters and drug pushers.

It is the breakdown in law and order that provides the breeding ground for vigilantism.

Having said that, we find it extremely worrying that a member of the vigilante group, when he was arrested, was in possession of pipe bombs.

Now, this is no child's play, especially in view of the fact that police say such explosives were to be used to bomb the V&A Waterfront, a civilian target and one of the country's premier tourist destinations that is always teeming with thousands of people, including women and children.

Thankfully, police appear to be hot on the trail of the would-be saboteurs who, they claim, had intended to bomb several tourist hotspots over the festive season.

Only someone fitting the description of a terrorist and a true enemy of peace would want to wreak such havoc, especially at a time when decent folks are relaxing and spending time with their families and other loved ones.

Who else, bar the brazen criminals who have taken to bombing ATMs recently, feels compelled to possess bombs in a free society such as ours?

Clearly, there is no place in South Africa, or elsewhere in the world for that matter, for such people.

The police must leave no stone unturned in hunting down those who believe in blowing up other human beings, public amenities and private property in order to impose their views on the general public.

It is inevitable that decent people would be inconvenienced during the hunt for those who plot mass murder in this way.

It is a very small price to pay to save lives, unless, of course, the whingers also share the view that our lives are not worth saving.

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