Beware those lurking on the sidelines as government and police fail

26 September 2021 - 00:00 By CLAIRE RAGA & SAVO HELETA

On September 5, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that a new task team will investigate the reasons for citizens' lack of trust in the police, particularly when it comes to the failure of the police to prevent the July riots in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, or to protect people, property and infrastructure.

Public perceptions about the failures of the police - and all levels of the government - are nothing new. Since the beginning of the democratic dispensation, SA has seen a great number of failures and setbacks in the ability of national, provincial and local authorities to govern, provide services and meet the basic needs of the majority of citizens...

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