South Africa has fallen into the trap of
believing imported best practices can
solve complex problems like violence.
Short-term gains can come from
prosecuting corrupt individuals, whether
they be presidents, politicians, police or plutocrats.
Vigilantism is both a symptom and
cause of a society where violence
has become normalised.
Rather than fixing its deep management
crisis, the SAPS is putting politics above
the safety of South Africans.
Officers’ mental health and violence
are shaped by society at large.
South Africans live in contexts that
prime them for violence – safety for
children and women can change this.
It’s not the police service that keeps officers
relatively cash-strapped, but the structure
of SA’s society and economy.