EDITORIAL | Time to introduce a different state of emergency

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EDITORIAL | Time to introduce a different state of emergency

As the Nateniël Julies tragedy proves, police need to catch up with the mindset of the people as a matter of urgency

Editorial

The murder of Nateniël Julies, the disabled 16-year-old boy shot by police in Eldorado Park for doing nothing but bopping to the disco beat of flashing blue lights, shows how much and how little has changed in SA.

Those who were teenagers in the 1980s and even the 1990s will recall the fear that sent a chill through the atmosphere whenever a police car, with or without flashing blue lights, appeared in the street.

During the “state of emergency”, a law enacted so as to allow the police to arrest, brutalise and imprison without charge anyone who so much as looked at them the wrong way, no one was exempt from fear...

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