A gradual slide towards a failed state

2013-09-08 14:00

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Sydney Ledwaba, Pretoria

Every morning I wake up to the news that service-delivery protesters have looted foreign-owned shops and burnt down government buildings in places like Malamulele and Diepsloot.

I read about Medupi strikers causing millions of damage to equipment and property belonging to their construction company.

I hear about mining sector strikers who prevent non-strikers from going to work.

Every morning when I drive my little girls to school, I watch in horror and despair as taxis drive on both shoulders of our roads because they cannot be civil and join the normal traffic.

I watch in amazement as the good citizens of yesteryear skip red traffic lights because doing so is popular and attracts no punishment.

In the evening, my dinner is spoilt by the sight of incensed youngsters brazenly throwing human faeces at public places.

I am filled with revulsion when I hear that SAA strikers blocked Jones Road because their demands have not been met.

I watch in amazement when a union leader declares that “die poppe sal dans” because he does not accept the employer’s wage offer.

All these are signs that we are gradually becoming a failed state because, amid all this, there is a deafening silence from our politicians.

We are unwittingly condoning violence and disrespect for law and order.

This is the state of our nation.

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