Roots of violence a concern

2016-07-13 06:00

COMMUNITIES have expressed concern about the roots of violence and its impact on the nation. Much of the violence has its origins in service delivery protests and the ANC’s list processes regarding the coming elections.

In 2014-2015 South Africa witnessed 14 500 service delivery protests (SAPS report). To add, the unacceptable rate of unemployment and rampant crime add to the gloomy picture.

The violent protests banned by the SABC are leading us towards Moeletsi Mbeki’s path towards a Tunisia moment.

We have the same conditions that prevailed in countries where the Arab spring erupted. Political analyst Justice Malala cites that we have extremely high unemployment, a catalyst for an uprising but we not getting there because dictatorships prevail in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt.

South Africans give vent to their frustrations by way of the thousands of protests than are now turning very ugly due to the impatience of the impoverished.

Government has failed the majority and the only way to address the unacceptable violence is to engage with the people at grassroots.

The DA is addressing elections with constructive policies to rubbish corruption, halt wasteful expenditure and strive to create jobs and alleviate poverty. Perhaps the ANC needs to be reminded that the protests and violence cannot continue. We cannot afford to waste this opportunity away.

jay jugwanth Via email

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