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Tuesday, September 22, 2020
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    Mob justice in Mpumalanga highlights urgent need for honest and professional policing

    One of the suspects is the pastor of a local church.

    The South African Police Service’s (SAPS) slow response rate in rural areas has once again led to a case of mob justice where the community of Mganduzweni near White River took it upon themselves to punish alleged killers of two children.
    According to reports, the two men who were beaten and then burned to death, they confessed to angry community members that they had killed two siblings aged 5 and 6. One of the suspects is the pastor of a local church. Their homes were also burned.
    The two children went missing on Tuesday last week and they were found dead on Wednesday after the community formed a search party. Had the police acted swiftly, the two young children could still have been alive today.
    Without honest and professional policing, criminals will continue to torment residents of Mpumalanga and even force them to take the law into their own hands. The killing of these suspects clearly shows that public’s confidence in the criminal justice system has reached an all-time low and people don’t trust the police to protect them.
    Communities often feel neglected by the police in protecting their families and homes. It is clear that the police and the ANC-led government crime-reduction strategies are ineffective.
    South Africa deserves a government that is committed to tackling crime head on. The DA strongly believes that policing decisions should be made at provincial and local levels.
    There is only one party that can be this government. There is only one party with both proven track record where it governs and a bold plan to keep South Africans safe in their homes and on the streets and that party is the DA.
    The DA’s Manifesto for Change sets out plans for honest and professional policing, which amongst other things, means well trained police and responsive.
    It is up to all of us as South Africans to vote for safety of our loved ones and our communities, amongst other things, on 8 May. – Jane Sithole – DA Mpumalanga Premier Candidate

    Mob justice in Mpumalanga highlights urgent need for honest and professional policing