‘SA has developed into a thugocratic state,’ laments human rights activist

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Human rights activist and social worker, John Clarke, says South Africa has developed into what he terms, a thugrocacy and a thugocratic machine.

Clarke alleges that a number of people have infiltrated government in various sectors, including the police.

“We’ve got people that are basically criminal networks that have infiltrated in all sorts and of course – they will try and infiltrate police and they will try and infiltrate the prosecution authority.”

The activist was commenting on the fatal shooting of two witness outside the Randburg Magistrates Court this week.

The man and woman were witnesses in an assault case against four police officers.

The law enforcement officials are accused of assaulting one of the deceased, while in police custody for a 2018 house robbery.

Clarke says the “thugocrats” are working to stall, frustrate and undermine any sincere effort by the state to lay bare and prosecute their crimes.

He has also criticised President Cyril Ramaphosa for allegedly failing to call out Police Minister, Bheki Cele, for overstepping his boundaries.

Speaking to Ynews, Clarke accused Cele of interfering in operational matters of the police service, instead of staying in Parliament.


Clarke also spoke on the need for the protection of whistleblowers and witnesses in the country.

“If whistleblowers were protected, we would be well on the way to checking all the boxes on the path to better governance in South Africa.”

Clarke says by failing whistleblowers, the state has failed the entire nation.

Written by: Nonhlanhla Harris

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