Western Cape MEC of Community
Safety, Dan Plato said safety is everyone’s responsibility but taking the law
into your own hands will not make anyone safer.
Ministerial Spokesperson Ewald
Botha said MEC Plato believes that he cannot create a safer environment where
people live, work and move about if apparent leaders in community call for
violence murder and crime in response to their own unhappiness with the criminal
This follows the arrest of
ANC’s Andile Lili following comments he made outside a Cape Town court earlier
this week. Lili said since the justice system is failing the poor he called on
communities to take the law into their own hands.
Botha said, such behaviour
will not be tolerated and that disciplining Mr Lile would send a strong message
Meanwhile the Social Justice
Coalition has condemned the comments made by Andile Lili, stating that the
comments were reckless and uncalled for.
SJC’s Axolile Notywala said instead
of advocating for further violence and bloodshed Lili should use the platforms
and avenues he has as a leader and a member of the provincial ANC to put
pressure on the police and the justice system and government to ensure that the
commissions’ recommendations are implemented and other necessary actions taken.
It has been reported that Lili
was arrested this morning on a charge of inciting violence.
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