Police fired rubber bullets as protests erupted in the central business district of South Africa's capital Pretoria with rioters setting several small businesses in the area alight after taxi drivers clashed with drug dealers operating in the area. Picture: AP Photo/Yeshiel Panchia
After the alleged murder of the taxi driver in Pretoria on Tuesday last week, colleagues of the deceased took to the streets to a avenge his killing.

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.

Law enforcement agencies must intervene to deal with this matter before it gets out of hand. We don’t want to see history repeating itself with these xenophobic attacks. It will also help if our police come up with a better strategy to deal with drugs in this country.