Has anybody else out there noticed that SA’s crime – well under control apparently, as stated by those in the know who also spin stories about the competency and effectiveness of our government – seems to have taken a new direction?
We are all well used to dealing with muggers, burglars, hijackers, petty thieves – and government and its employees of course – but there now seems to be a trend towards larger groups, gangs for want of a better word, using heavier weapons and taking on larger targets.
Malls, shops, lodges, schools and others normally deemed “safer” due to the number of occupants, residents and their high profile now seem to be seen as soft targets with few of the visitors, tenants and inhabitants being armed. Given that the ANC would desperately like to see all SA citizens unarmed and helpless – as long as they continue paying their taxes, tolls, dues, electricity and water bills, school fees and so on and so forth - it would seem that far too little attention is being taken of this new phenomenon.
The SAPS, as we all know, is pretty damn useless with insufficient vehicles, manpower, weapons, telephones and anything else needed to fight crime and security companies can only do so much, and up to a point, which leaves me thinking that perhaps, again, government sees what is happening but can’t – or won’t - do anything about it.
After all the perpetrators of these crimes are probably ANC supporters, perhaps even card-carrying members, so one must realise that their rights are most important as they keep the regime in power. What about us however?
I have no idea where the EFF, or the ANC for that matter, are going to get funds for election campaigns but I have this niggling little suspicion that sooner or later the endless outward flow of funds from the treasury will result in no more being available and then malls, airports, banks, factories and any place seen as having quantities of cash on hand will become “legitimate” targets for full-on military-style assaults.
We really don’t need genuine, died-in-the-wool terrorists to start attacking out malls – as they did recently in Nairobi – as we could never cope with something like that and the death toll would probably be horrific but what if our own economic freedom fighters decide to go the same route? Who would stop them?
Perhaps a more pertinent question would be, has it not already begun?
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