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‘Clapping’ officers are not above the law

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Government – and specifically the forces responsible for ensuring law and order – have been ducking out of accountability for their sometimes brutal actions.


29 May 2020
PREMIUM!
‘Clapping’ officers are not above the law

A man is arrested during a patrol by the police and the SANDF, 23 April 2020, at Bara Taxi Rank in Soweto, in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic. Picture: Michel Bega

The first casualty in any war, the old saying goes, is the truth. In South Africa, it is worrying that the first casualty in the “war” against the coronavirus appears, increasingly, to be official accountability. In a situation where this country’s citizens are being asked (told, might be a more accurate word) to accept that their freedoms have been curtailed “for the greater good”, it is vital that those enforcing the emergency restrictions are held to account for their actions. Right at the beginning of the crisis, as President Cyril Ramaphosa was about to declare a “state of national disaster”,...

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