Govt must take heed of protests

2017-06-01 06:02

THE recent violent protests have struck fear into South Africans and should be condemned in the strongest possible terms.

In Coligny, Eldorado Park, Richards Bay and other parts of the country, there has been huge damage and loss to personal and public property.

Such protests are truly unacceptable and leave South African citizens with a deep sense of anxiety and insecurity.

These protests should serve as a lesson and a warning to the ruling party, the politicians and political elites, to study seriously how the apparent corruption, nepotism, cronyism, political infighting, lack of service delivery, tender-driven fraud and unfulfilled promises made by politicians to get votes, are fuelling anger and tension in the country.

The masses are hungry, unemployed, living in miserable conditions and tired of coping with socioeconomic difficulties.

The protests that we have witnessed are a sign of disappointment and could in the long run affect the stability of South Africa.

If the government fails to take heed and begin to address the trigger factors, then we all are in for some very challenging times.

In order to prevent the rapid breakdown of our country, the government needs to act fast on service delivery and boost economic growth.

Citizens can help improve service delivery by holding leaders accountable and pointing out the abuse of systems and structures.

MOHAMED SAEED

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