The ANC has lost so much support among its traditional voters it's now forced to look beyond them to retain power.
Poor leadership in crime intelligence and a struggling detective service are affecting the ability of South Africa - where a murder happens every 28 minutes - to bring down crime.
The military is not tactically trained for community protection and crime fighting and South Africa should not deploy soldiers in urban communities.
South Africa's intelligence services operate secretly and with minimal oversight. So citizens will probably never know exactly what they are up to.