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SANDF in hot water for mob justice attack

todayOctober 13, 2023 198

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Anti-crime organisation, Action Society, says cases of authorities taking the law into their own hands further erodes the little trust South Africans have in law enforcement officials.
His was reacting to the viral video of alleged SANDF members, beating up a man.
The members in full uniform can be seen pinning down the man who they tracked down after allegedly stealing a car.
Action Society’s director, Ian Cameron, says such unlawfulness should be laid at the doorstep of the Minister Bheki Cele and the President.
“I think this also highlights the frustration that South Africans feel at ground level, they feel that there’s no justice or consequences for crime and therefore they turn to taking the law into their own hands.
“This should be laid in front of the doors of people like Minister Bheki Cele, even the President of the country, that have done little to nothing to improve the trust and the support that the public should have in them and should give them.”
Crime Activist, Yusuf Abramjee, has also weighed in on the scandal, saying police must investigate this matter, and the individuals in the wrong must account.

He says  under no circumstances is lawlessness and mob justice acceptable.

 

“Even if its people who are suspected of being involved in crime, we see the soldiers attacking this suspect , which is something that cannot be tolerated, no one can take the law into their own hands.”
Abramjee says mob justice only leads to more violence.

YNews did reach out to the SANDF for its side of the story. However, they had not responded at the time of publishing this article.
This incident comes months after Deputy President Paul Mashatile’s protection detail found itself on the wrong side of the law.
The eight police officers were caught on camera assaulting civilians on the side of the N1.
They allege that the vehicle the civilians were travelling in tried to obstruct the car that was ferrying the Deputy President.
That case is currently before the courts.

Written by: Lindiwe Mpanza

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