Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Mongameli Bobani was likened to infamous Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar by the DA in a debate about violent crime in the National Assembly on Thursday.
The topic of the debate, called for by FF Plus leader Pieter Groenewald, was violent crime and the government’s responsibility to protect citizens and their property.
Groenewald said in terms of Section 205(3) of the Constitution it was a duty to protect the country’s people and their property.
He added the opposite happened and the criminal justice system was actively undermined, saying corruption and poor management exacerbated it.
Deputy Police Minister Cassel Mathale said violent crimes were the worst human rights violator in the country, and the recently released crime statistics indicated an “untenable situation”.
He said President Cyril Ramaphosa, therefore, said they must “put in every effort to halve violent crime in the next decade”.
“High levels of crime – especially violent crime – poses a threat to democracy,” Mathale said.
He added it instilled fear in South Africans of all backgrounds and prevented entrepreneurs and businesses from taking advantage of opportunities.
“Hence, we are determined to turn the tide.”
DA MP Andrew Whitfield said: “For as long as corrupt criminal politicians remain in government and not in jail, we will not be able to turn the tide on violent crime in South Africa.”
He said Nelson Mandela Bay was one of the best examples of the “complete failure of accountability leading to violent crime”.
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“In December 2018, Mayor Bobani’s coalition of corruption awarded a