[LISTEN] Experts dissect relationship between rule of law and vigilantism

What do people mean when they say the rule of law?

Who does this rule of law apply to?

Eusebius McKaiser engaged Centre for the Study of Violence And Reconciliation executive director Nomfundo Mogapi, head of policy and research at Social Justice Coalition Dalli Weyers and head of legal and investigations at Corruption Watch Deborah Mutemwa-Tumbo about how politics affect the rule of law in the country.

Mutemwa-Tumbo says the rule of law is a concept that is enshrined in our constitution and the preamble.

It means nobody is above the law. Everything is below the law and everything is subject to the law.

Deborah Mutemwa-Tumbo, Head of legal and investigations - Corruption Watch

She says if a country has a properly functioning democracy, nobody is perceived to be above the rule of law.

Mogapi says it becomes a problem arises when the institutions that must uphold the rule of law are the ones violating it.

We are seeing in South Africa people looking for other ways of justice because they no longer trust the institutions that are supposed to uphold the rule of law.

Nomfundo Mogapi, Executive director - Centre for the Study Of Violence and Reconciliation

Weyers says there is an absent state in some communities and this has led to communities putting up alternative structures to regulate their communities.

The police services have a role to play and it is a contributing factor in our society.

Dalli Weyers, Head of policy and research - Social Justice Coalition

Vigilantism indicates for me a story of a people that are saying the institutions that have promised to protect us are failing us and we have had enough.

Deborah Mutemwa-Tumbo, Head of legal and investigations - Corruption Watch

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