This is bad for South Africa. It is bad because people have now lost faith in the democratic institutions of government and, as a result, they end up taking matters into their own hands.
But then, who can blame them? We saw what happened in Johannesburg a few weeks ago, and the failure of the SADF that is deployed to deal with gang violence in Cape Town.
Clearly, things are not getting better when it comes to violent crimes in the country.
It is disturbing that taxi drivers are now targeting all foreigners as if it is all of them who were involved in the alleged murder of the taxi driver. The unintended consequences of this is the rise in xenophobia, which is accompanied by looting of shops belonging to street vendors.