Last week, a 17-year-old teenager near Fochville was raped and seriously injured. A man was burned with an iron, and the week before that, Liezel Wessels was burned with boiling water and stabbed with a knife shortly before her husband, Tool Wessels, was murdered.
This week South Africa continued to stumble upon the news of two young people, Johanco Fleischman and Jessica Kuhn, who were shot dead on the N12 on Sunday morning near the Putfontein exit in Benoni. Presumably by “caretakers” of illegal miners (zama-zamas) who thought they wanted to buy rogue gold dust. In fact, they were innocent victims of the crime crisis in the country after standing without fuel.
The shocking news about the two young people’s deaths also follows shortly after Annette Kennealy, 50, an activist of farm murders, who was cruelly murdered on her farm outside Louis Trichardt.
There have been 179 attacks and 20 farm murders to date. Although the problem cannot be solved overnight, there are some steps that can be taken to improve resilience:
We must organize communities within the framework of the law into structures;
We must be the eyes and ears of law enforcement authorities;
We need to provide communities with legal education and thus empower them to act lawfully at all times during security initiatives;
We must act proactively; and
We must maintain the moral high ground at all times.
Waiting only for private security or the police to intervene does not stop the wave of attacks currently being experienced. The answer no longer lies elsewhere. The lack of ground-level organization in certain areas is causing private security and police to cover up ineffective solutions.
Organizing itself is the determining factor for community vulnerability, and to do so under the command of the state simply cannot be the answer, well, certainly not in South Africa.
AfriForum’s national footprint has become an unstoppable network of community structures and the organization’s national communication system is one of its kind, which currently means that thousands of community members in the country can communicate with each other to ensure community vulnerability.
AfriForum has mobilized thousands of people against crime during the organization’s annual national patrol this weekend. About 135 AfriForum neighborhood and farm guards, more than 125 police stations, numerous community policing forums, security companies and other bodies participated in this mass crime prevention action.
People need to understand that such an initiative is not the only answer, but a good opportunity to achieve cohesion and cooperation among communities against crime and for resilience.
Police can not win the fight against crime alone. The community and private sector play a key role in promoting safety. Existing legislation allows communities to fight crime within the framework of the law.
-Read the original article in Afrikaans on Forum nuus / Ian Cameron
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