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Doubts over ZOSO strategy

Published:Tuesday | September 5, 2017 | 12:00 AM


The mere fact that IDs are becoming an issue in the zones of special operations (ZOSOs) tell of a lack of preparation for the start of the first.

I am now hearing that it has held up persons trying to get urgent back-to-school supplies from the community.

Now, I support any meaningful and well-prepared action to rid our country of its criminal elements, but I do not support an inept government and security forces that still fail to recognise the rights of people on the ground. This lack of attention to IDs says a lot about the lack of preparedness for the start of these zones.

The assumption that all our poor and marginalised people must have at least a national ID card, if they did indeed assume that in the first place, reinforces my questions about our police and Government.

I am also gravely concerned about talk of police and soldiers carrying body cams in these zones and the chain of custody for the videos and pictures that come from these devices.

I hope someone smarter than those in the Government and the security forces manages to convince them that technology like drones can be deployed on a much wider and strategic scale than these ZOSOs.