Bloem expert discusses attack on national key points

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Associate Professor, and Head of the Department of Sociology at the University of the Free State (UFS), Prof. Sethulego Matebesi.

Concerns have been raised recently as there have been several attacks on national key points across the country in less than a month, the latest being the attack on the SABC’s Bloemfontein offices, which include Lesedi FM’s studios, that was burgled and vandalised on Sunday morning.

This week, Bloemfontein Courant spoke to local expert, Associate Professor, and Head of the Department of Sociology at the University of the Free State (UFS), Prof. Sethulego Matebesi, to hear his take on these incidents.

“If we cannot safeguard our national key points, how will the state ensure the safety and security of its citizens,” asks Matebesi.

Matebesi further said that all the events of the past few weeks seem too well-coordinated. “There are many legal means to draw the attention of the government. Attacking national key points or any property is not one. Terrorism puts pressure on governments, but it is not a lasting solution to challenges.”

He further said that it is too coincidental that all these attacks on national key points took place early this year. The government has to be more than worried as these brazen attacks are indicative of the complete disrespect of state authority. It also raises questions about the value for money the state gets from security services.

Matebesi expressed that it is absolutely necessary for the government to protect the country’s national key points. “These key points are our national heritage which needs the maximum protection.”

Sazly Hartzenberg

sazly@mahareng.co.za