Paul Mashatile VIP assault highlights police protection an expensive excuse for thuggery and vanity

We must ask why most current Cabinet members and MECs need their blue lights. If they are in danger of assault or assassination it’s probably self-inflicted: the result of their involvement with the criminal underworld, in corrupt tender deals and political faction fights. As with access to healthcare, basic education and housing, they should show humility and suffer the consequences of government failures with the rest of us.