Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Mongameli Bobani was likened to infamous Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar by the DA in a debate about violent crime in the National Assembly on Thursday.
The topic of the debate, called for by FF Plus leader Pieter Groenewald, was violent crime and the government's responsibility to protect citizens and their property.
Groenewald said in terms of Section 205(3) of the Constitution it was a duty to protect the country's people and their property.
He added the opposite happened and the criminal justice system was actively undermined, saying corruption and poor management exacerbated it.
Deputy Police Minister Cassel Mathale said violent crimes were the worst human rights violator in the country, and the recently released crime statistics indicated an "untenable situation".
He said President Cyril Ramaphosa, therefore, said they must "put in every effort to halve violent crime in the next decade".
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