Govt 'must learn from UK riots'

2011-08-10 18:52
Johannesburg - The government must learn from the riots in Britain, to prevent them happening in South Africa, the Christian Democratic Party said on Wednesday.

Most factors behind the violence were also present locally, CDP leader Theunis Botha said in a statement.

These included undisciplined children with no regard for authority, alienation of minorities, heated inter-racial exchanges, poverty and boredom as a result of unemployment. Gang subculture was also present in some areas, he said.

The government was "extremely slack" in dealing with people like ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema, who attacked minorities, said Botha.

The government further poured fuel on the fire, with nepotism and racially slanted employment policies.

"Things presently experienced in the country [Britain] are as a result of the absence of an environment conducive to sound moral and family values."

The riots, described as the worst in decades, entered their fifth day on Wednesday. According to Scotland Yard, 768 people were arrested and 111 police officers had been injured during clashes, AFP reported.

The riots were sparked after the fatal shooting of civilian Mark Duggan by police. Violence initially broke out in London's Tottenham district, after a protest against the incident.

Riots then broke out in other parts of the city, AFP said.

Meanwhile, the international relations and co-operation department urged South Africans planning to travel to London to postpone their trips.
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