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.
Soldiers seen attacking a suspected car thief. It is believed the SANDF member tracked his vehicle and found the suspect removing the tracking device. @SANDF_ZApic.twitter.com/hnOLLsOkHX