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SAPS crisis: innovation is in shackles and poor leadership runs rampant

Government must move beyond this disaster and failure of thinking and reorient policing towards a people-centred model

David Africa

At a time when the crime statistics paint a bleak picture of the insecure and unsafe lives led by ordinary South Africans, when gang violence and transnational organised crime pose a real threat to the survival of our state, the police seem in more disarray than ever.

The three elements of this crisis – poor leadership, ineffective and incoherent approaches to solving the crime problem, and the lack of legitimacy among the citizenry – are significant and debilitating on their own. Their interaction and the level of intensity of all of them at a singular point in space and time present an existential threat to our democracy, and point to a problem much larger than any of these substantial challenges do on their own.

This problem is what I would call the strategy-political imaginary nexus, or more specifically the lack thereof...

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