Ramaphosa’s Slow Response Has Cost South African Lives and Our International Reputation

ActionSA supports the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa to ensure expedited prosecution of criminal offences emanating from the recent spate of violence and lawlessness which has gripped KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng over the past few days.

This follows our calls for the deployment of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and the establishment of special courts to expeditiously deal with those charged with the present looting, violence, and lawlessness.

Tonight, South Africans are scared, regardless of where they live, their socio-economic background or their race. All peace-loving, law-abiding, freedom-loving South Africans are scared because a small percentage of opportunistic criminals are holding the rest of us hostage.

Our number one priority needs to be returning law and order to the streets of this country. We need to act swiftly to arrest, prosecute, and sentence those known to be instigating the violence that has gripped our country.

While tonight’s newest announcement is a move in the right direction, it is both infuriating and disappointing that it required the loss of lives, livelihood, and property for Ramaphosa to come out of hiding and defend the rights of South Africans and the rule of law. Equally, the damage done to our people, our economic position (as seen in the decline of our currency this afternoon), and the country’s overall standing in the international community, has been immense.

In deploying the SANDF, the President and his Security Cluster must now ensure that the South African Police Services’ (SAPS) crime intelligence and investigative services are up to the task of effectively coordinating both SANDF and SAPS personnel to effectively contain what is obviously coordinated criminality. Without this effective coordination, the deployment of the SANDF will be directionless and ineffective.

As ActionSA, we call upon all civil society, traditional leaders, religious institutions, political parties, and citizens to work in collaboration to call for calm within our communities. We must also hold the Ramaphosa administration to account. Our people must be kept safe. It is his government’s duty to ensure that this takes place by safeguarding the rule of law.

That said, we must never lose sight of exactly what got us to this point; decades of ANC factionalism and in-fighting, misrule, lack of opportunities, and lawlessness has thrived thanks to Ramaphosa and his criminal party. The ANC government is the real enemy, and the sooner we remove them, the sooner we can begin fixing South Africa.

Long ago, I said that South Africa and the ANC cannot co-exist in peace and prosperity. One must die for the other to live. Let today be the beginning of the end for the ANC in government.

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