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Why Ndlozi believes government is encouraging vigilantism

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Mbuyiseni Ndlozi of the EFF called the government out for celebrating those defending their communities against violent lootings, as he believes it is legitimizing, celebrating and sponsoring vigilantism.

Member of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Mbuyiseni Ndlozi has opposed what he referred to as “government defending and celebrating vigilantism.” Ndlozi addressed this in response to community members in certain parts of the country defending themselves, as well as their community shopping centres and infrastructure, from the violent looting. Ndlozi stated that this is an acceptance of state collapse by the government, and that it could not criminalise people who rioted but legitimise those who have taken the law into their hands.

Ndlozi called out the South African National Taxi Council (SANTACO) and what he referred to as the “Indians and White militia,” claiming that their idea of putting order in their communities, and acting as the police during a public riot, is not something that the government should consider as good. Ndlozi stated that he opposes this, calling it a sign of state collapse – a collapse of the rule of law, and that this was turning citizens against each other, therefore, it should not be celebrated. He then called on South Africa not to celebrate these groups being in charge of public order policing, as they are not law enforcement officers, but ordinary citizens just like all other South Africans. He urged against giving what he called this tendency credibility as it is dangerous.

Ndlozi further stated that Black-on-Black violence in the 1980s started when apartheid police sponsored so-called communities to impose public order policing during riots, and highlighted that more died in the hands of one another than in the hands of apartheid security forces. He also urged for this to stop. Ndlozi further claimed that the African National Congress (ANC) government appears to be literally sponsoring, celebrating and legitimising what he believes is vigilantism. He further went on to call the government utterly foolish, as he believes that the last thing it needs is for citizens to defend themselves against other citizens, ultimately disturbing law.

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