Monday’s protest lacks merit, was destructive and violent, and highly intimidatory

2016-04-27 06:00

JUST after 4am on Monday 18 April, protesters from Swapo and surrounding areas started blockading roads leading to the city.

My cousin, who has to start work at 6am, was unfortunately caught by the protesters, and he, like many hundreds of others, were prevented from leaving the area. Protesters were demanding the removal of the sitting ANC selected councillor and replacing him immediately with a candidate of their choice.

With three months before the local government elections, it is obvious that the majority do not understand a thing about democratic processes. People outside South Africa laugh at our voters, where a councillor is voted. Then the same voters toyi-toyi against the voted councillor. What a peculiar brand of democracy.

People have the right to protest, provided it is peaceful and has merit. Equally true is the fact that those who do not want to protest have the democratic right to go about their businesses without fear.

Unfortunately, Monday’s protest lacked merit, was destructive and violent, and highly intimidatory.

That the ANC government after 22 years of governance did not educate it’s supporters about democratic processes, speaks volumes about those in power.

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