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The ugly scourge of violent protests in South Africa

04 May 2018, 12:13

Glancing through the news of the day for one last time before getting really irritated, it is almost impossible to navigate around the big stories of the day without bumping into an article related to violence. 

Either we read about somebody whose life was the cost of booty, a young folk losing their life when caught in a cross-fire between rival gangs; and more recently, an increase in violent protests. 

There's always something reflecting the dominant violence in our society.

This barbaric behaviour stems mainly from our anger against ugly officials and unemployment, amongst other 'real' issues. Correct. We've got to vent our anger, and our internationally-acclaimed Constitution - drafted by our iconic Nelson Mandela and his colleagues - have given us permission to do exactly that. 

However, a small, yet dominant tendancy by some to overstep the boundaries of peace and turn things horribly wrong is due to their inappreciation for what little we may actually have. 

Burn schools. Burn cars. Burn houses. Loot shops.

How does that address our issues positively? 

In fact, these people have actually burnt the future of a bright child. They've burnt somebody's transport. They've burnt somebody's dignified shelter. They've stolen the legitimate and clean income of a certain individual.

Bringing the country to a standstill disrupts business which is, obviously, bad for our fragile economy. It is a disgrace and a shame that President Cyril Ramaphosa had to interrupt an important trip to settle the wild behaviour of some, who have also stained the reputation of the innocent and peaceful protestors in their midst.

That is, of course, not forgetting the horrible behaviour of others at the iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium which is meant to be the pride of an African city. 

I call upon all those involved in the barbaric acts to stop damaging the image of our country and obviously the infrastructure of our country. Their actions, they haven't  realised, are also detrimental to them as equal as it is to the rest of South Africa.

The matters of concern must be addressed swiftly and fruitfilly by relevant authorities. 

Right now, Supra Mahumapelo must go. If he stays, he has an uncontrollable tsunami of violence rapidly rising. It's an inevitable disaster waiting to unfold, if not already unfolding.  

To Mr President, speaking sweetly is not a sustainable solution. You've got to stamp your foot, show your authority and do something immediately to cleanse government of all those corrupt and selfish people - or else everything will be destroyed.

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