PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
ObservingMySideOfThings
 
Comments: 13
Article views: 860
 
 
Latest Badges:

 
View all ObservingMySideOfThings's badges.
 

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?

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
13 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Terrylin Backpackers
The cheque is in the post

"I hear you are in bond collections. What are the latest excuses people are coming up with these days? I've run out of ideas." Read more...

10 comments 3097 views
Submitted by
Meta
News in the digital age

How do you think that spreading your hate/bigotry and or intolerance helps anybody? Read more...

14 comments 1160 views
Submitted by
Brian Faul
How and why a Dictator is born

One needs to remember looking back in history these hard times is when a dictator is more likely to get born. It is during these hard times that a dictator gets voted into power. Read more...

10 comments 1972 views
Submitted by
Prenisha Naidoo
I will be proactive...

This letter is in response to articles on the death of baby Jamie Naidoo, We have the tendency to be reactive…we wait for something to happen, then suddenly we care, writes a News24 User. Read more...

2 comments 483 views
Submitted by
woadstress
Celebration

Make a list of at least ten things that you can celebrate, and write two or three reasons why you can celebrate those things or events. Read more...

1 comments 174 views
Submitted by
Eric de Castro
Last squeak of the year

 Read more...

13 comments 284 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

Festive gifts!

Check out our awesome range of festive gifts to make everyone’s wishes come true. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R2200 on electronics! – As seen in the catalogue

Wishing for tech gadgets this festive? Save up to R2100 on hot tech products at kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off the bestselling books

Save big on the most captivating reads of 2014. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2014 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.