Are Mbalula’s antics in Krugersdorp mere PR?

Alan Fuchs, DA Mogale City Constituency Head. File pic.

With much fanfare, the Minister of Police, Fikile Mbalula, arrived in Krugersdorp on Monday, 29 January with an entourage and blue lights.

In a carefully stage-managed exercise, an alleged dilapidated drug-house was demolished in his presence. It is alleged that the house was a drug den and brothel. Furthermore, it was announced that certain senior police officers in Krugersdorp and the West Rand were to be replaced and that additional resources would temporarily be placed in Mogale to deal with the drug and prostitution scourge that has existed in the area for many years.

“All of this comes about as a result of community members from Kagiso and Munsieville going on the rampage in Krugersdorp and attacking suspected drug dealers and smashing suspected drug dens.

“Mbalula is quoted as saying that if people had not protested, he would not have been activated to take decisive action. It is an absolute disgrace for the Minister to admit that government would not have performed its duties, as obligated by the Constitution, had members of the community not resorted to protests, xenophobia and taking the law into their own hands,” Alan Fuchs, DA Mogale City Constituency Head, said.

Fuchs adds that Mbalula is known to thrive on publicity and likes to present himself as the tough new sheriff in town.

“One hopes that his presence and house demolitions are not just publicity stunts to dampen the community’s anger in the short-term and that the situation will not revert to the position it previously was once he has ridden off into the sunset and the additional resources are removed.

“It should not take community protests to elicit a response from government, but that is the reality that we live with in South Africa. Until we make a new beginning and vote out incompetent politicians who abdicate their responsibility to protect us, we will have reactive action and public relations exercises.”

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