Rea Tsotella highlights lack of confidence in authority

The latest episode of Rea Tsotella highlighted the reasons why the SAPS is not entrusted with its primary responsibility, which is partially to solve crimes.

Moja Love’s Rea Tsotella took to Twitter on Monday, 26 July 2021, to share a preview of the episode that was set to air later that day. The episode featured a grieving mother who alleged that her former partner was behind the tragic passing of her child. According to the mother, her child was poisoned with toxins which were meant for her. Therefore, she brought her ex-partner to the show in order for him to publicly admit it, or at least apologise to her.

On the one hand, viewers sympathised with the mother. Losing a child and processing that loss is a difficult journey, a journey viewers believe the woman was still undergoing. However, it was the representative of the South African Police Services (SAPS) which shifted the conversation to the supposed lack of confidence in the police. This is as the presence of the SAPS representative led to more questions than answers.

One of the biggest questions that came out of the show was, how true it is that the child was poisoned? This is as no details of an autopsy by a pathologist was discussed. Therefore, the mother could be mourning and looking for someone to blame for the loss. Second, was the matter of a court case taking five to eight years to solve.

Viewers reacting to the show commented on that, suggesting that that was the reason police stations are arguably only of use when one is needed to certify one’s documents. The viewers further commented that when it comes to crimes, most matters are either disregarded to experience or they take matters into their own hands. The remarks on the show highlighted the continued narrative of a lack of trust in the police, rather than actually providing some kind of comfort for the grieving mother.

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