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SA is on a collision course to becoming a lawless state

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SA is on a collision course to becoming a lawless state

When the rule of law applies to some and not to an elite and connected section of society, this a recipe for anarchy

Columnist

If you have ever wondered what the future of law — and lawlessness — in SA looks like, then come with me. Walk with me as we consider whether “rule of law” works for some or for all. Hold my hand as we look at how precedent is set. Come.

In October last year defence and military veterans minister Thandi Modise, her deputy Thabang Makwetla and minister in the presidency Mondli Gungubele sat in a meeting at the St George’s Hotel in Irene, Centurion, with about 55 members of a group of alleged military veterans.

The group had a list of demands which had been expressed at various meetings before October. Just four days before, the same group had marched on the ANC head office in Johannesburg and caused such concern among the ANC staffers present that the building was evacuated. The group calls itself the Liberation Struggle War Veterans (LSWV). It brings together alleged members of the ANC’s military wing Umkhonto we Sizwe and veterans of  the Azanian People’s Liberation Army and Azanian National Liberation Army. I use “alleged” because some members of the group refuse to be verified by authorities to determine whether they did serve in any of these formations. Some of them are just, well, young. When did they serve?..

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