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Raging on the Roads

14 January 2014, 14:03

Johannesburg

14/01/2014

10:30am

The roads are gutted, stones bleeding from the damaged surface obstructing anything that dares think it has the right to travel on it. Burnt pavement and other objects, surrounded with ash decorate the sidewalks, while still simmering with god only knows what toxins where used to fuel the flames. Almost everywhere you can view the distinct signs of protest and anger. There are children curiously eyeing up a tree stump that’s been charred black and just so happens to stand so invitingly in the middle of the road. A road that, granted wasn’t perfect but still usable before, now lay with all its gravel purposely damaged.

Holes that we all know won’t soon be fixed and side-walks, which by the way are just barely over a year old, lay burnt from whatever it was that went up in flames to signify the anger of the people.

Passing through Industria, on the back roads that lead you through one of the many informal settlements that our country has shown a tendency to forget about until such times as these, you have to just look and take all this in and ask yourself: Seriously?

Seriously!!!???

Of all the forms of protest the people could have chosen, they chose to damage the roads THEY use for THEIR convenience and burn who-knows-what that basically endangered THEIR lives and THEIR homes?

What and please someone tell me, what did they think they were accomplishing? What would the government; ANC, DA, Agang, EFF- whoever the hell else there is- gain, from YOU damaging YOUR OWN environment and HOME?

The roads that we already have problems getting the self-proclaimed royals to fix, take years if not decades, to be laid. And then suddenly it’s okay to damage them in protest to show your unhappiness?

I highly doubt the government find that any more of an inconvenience than us, THE PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY USE THE ROAD to make it their ‘top priority’ before elections are over. What do you think the food parcels are for?

And what about the toxins you released when burning whatever it was that burned? Last I checked our country wasn’t into the whole FREE MEDICAL FOR ALL just yet.

Burning poison in Timbuktu isn’t going to reach the higher-ups in Paradise any time soon and if, by some miracle wind of winter, it does chances are we’ll all be dead already from direct exposure before they even get the whiff of it [of course so much of us will have died already, a cure would have been made and they’d all be immune, so still a stupid plan].

I cannot understand it? Why risk the loss of your home, your health, your family simply because you got angry at the lack of service delivery that has been going on for YEARS and just triggered into overdrive by the same old repeated song being played again because it was time for the festival to start again?

Isn’t is just safer, easier and more beneficial to the community to spit out  some swear words when the news plays, avoid the unnecessarily fancy rallies [because shouldn’t that money be used for something better] and when the time comes just go and vote for whoever is actually DOING something instead of preaching about it?

You save on blood pressure medication, the roads don’t suffer, the people don’t suffer, and maybe we reduce pollution. It’s a win-win situation, or am I just trying too hard to save the country some of the taxpayer’s hard earned money?

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