Minister Fikile Mbalula is exacerbating a deadly combination of public vigilantism and police brutality in South Africa. People already terrorised by crime are set to find themselves at the mercy of abuse by the police and the army if the minister is not checked.
Using an unaccountable police force to enforce hardship on the poor and protect the corrupt has created a situation that is not only deadly for citizens but fatal for South Africa’s democracy.
There have been many calls for a secret ballot in the impending vote of no confidence in South Africa’s president. However, is secrecy really what the country wants at this time, and would it not be setting a lasting, damaging precedent? asks Brent Meersman.