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22 Jul 2021
7:00 am

Violent Protests: Little to address elephant in room


Question is, what is being done about the ringleaders those who planned the insurrection and then ordered underlings to carry it out?

Ronald Lamola congratulates newly elected ANC president Jacob Zuma on 18 December 2012 in Bloemfontein. Picture: Gallo Images/Leon Sadiki

As the only minister in the incorrectly named “security” cluster (which offers citizens precious little real security) who did not blot his copybook during the recent revolt, Justice Minister Ronald Lamola tried yesterday to give the appearance that justice is being administered in the wake of the looting and destruction. Briefing Parliament, Lamola vowed that, despite a limited staff complement, overcrowding in police cells and challenges in transporting detainees, those who had been arrested in connection with the anarchy would be processed through the justice system with haste. Lamola said the upheaval was “an unprecedented assault on our democracy, social...