Why did it take Ramaphosa so long to deploy the military ?

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Tebogo Msimanga |

ActionSA says while it supports the decision to deploy the SANDF in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, it is a little too late. On Sunday 11 July 2021, the party called for this deployment.

ActionSA Leader Herman Mashaba said it is maddening that it took so long for President Cyril Ramaphosa to provide the requisite leadership on this matter. “The President must now also establish special courts to expeditiously treat these cases of violence and lawlessness.”

Mashaba added that in Alexandra and parts of the Johannesburg inner city, the loss of life and property has been staggering. He further said the SAPS and JMPD have been overwhelmed and are clearly not able to take control of the situation.

“The lawlessness that is taking place in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng is destroying lives and livelihoods. Scenes in clinics in Johannesburg have been described as ‘war-like’ with medical personnel having to triage their patients. The destruction to the property has been immense with many businesses having to shut down permanently.”

Mashaba asked why it took President Ramaphosa 24 hours to realise the levels of lawlessness, or the extent to which our law enforcement authorities were overwhelmed, will remain an absolute mystery.

“South Africa needs strong leadership, the kind that speaks out and acts on crises of our Constitution and Crises of lawlessness. The cost of indecision has been the unnecessary loss of life and destruction of property.”

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