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EDITORIAL | SA’s future is in your hands, Masemola. Let’s hope ...

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EDITORIAL | SA’s future is in your hands, Masemola. Let’s hope you’re cop to it

A firm hand and honesty about what it will take to repair the police’s image after July 2021 are what’s needed

Editorial

When SA was gripped by unrest in July 2021, a collective outcry reverberated around the country. 

From the homes of those who cowered as gunshots rang out in the streets to wrecked shopfronts in the Durban CBD and Johannesburg’s Alexandra, the sentiment was simple, but inescapable: “Where are the police?”

The question did not only relate to their physical presence, but also to the lack of intelligence before the violence. South Africans are well acquainted with the challenges facing the SAPS regarding staffing, the poor state of police stations and lack of intelligence...

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