This speaks to the preparedness of the SAPS and its officers to do their work. Police make excuses instead of busting crime, more so in poor communities - hence the increasing cases of mob justice. Hidden in crime statistics is the number of people whofell victim to extrajudicial executions, a mark of shame for a country with no capital punishment in its criminal justice system.
We wonder with exasperation why these lynch mobs are never arrested? We ask the same question about groups destroying public assets because they are angry about one matter or another. In Tembisa, many intersections have lost their traffic lights. They are uprooted every week - including this past weekend - while police watch from a distance with no intention to bust the offenders and initiate court proceedings.
Another case cops watch from a distance is illegal mining known as "zama-zamas". More bodies were collected from these hijacked shafts on the East Rand at the weekend, giving the impression that the police's work as far as "zama-zamas" are concerned is to collect bodies.
If police will not act against looters, vandals and human traffickers, which law of the country are they relying on to turn their backs? SAPS, please give us hope.