Beyond the smokescreen

2015-05-01 17:31

EDMUND Burke (1729-97) once famously wrote: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

The chilling truth of this statement was brought home by the events which transpired at a Greater Kokstad Municipality IDP Budget Roadshow last week in Ward 5 Bhongweni.

Under the guise of “concern” for the residents of Ward 5, a peaceful community meeting was tear-gassed by a gang of hooligans posing as politicians.

The gaseous device was unleashed indoors, thereby endangering the lives of innocent civilians whose only crime was to attend a ward community meeting. With this act, these hooligans demonstrated the lengths they are prepared to go to impose their self-mandated political agendas in Kokstad.

They have taken to terrorising the very community they claim to represent. Last week they emphatically demonstrated their intention to do anything, even endangering the lives of innocent civilians, to popularise themselves.

On that most fateful day, everyone present in that meeting became collateral damage in the quest of these individuals to secure maximum coverage for themselves in the week’s newspaper headlines.

It is, of course no surprise that they conduct themselves this way; after all they are accountable to no one. Their attitude can be summed thus: “We are applying justice, this is how things should be done, the law is not for us and we can do whatever it is we like.”

Surely this state of affairs cannot be allowed to continue.

The question we should all be asking is not whether it is safe for Kokstad residents to attend community meetings, but rather what the ANC Youth League and other youth organisations will do in response to these deplorable acts of service delivery sabotage by these so called Kokstad Concerned Residents. The Youth League stands ready to defend the safety of our community members from all acts of anarchy. We will not be silenced by a mob masked as politicians.

We, the good men and women of Kokstad, should ask ourselves whether our silence in the face of this great and unrelenting evil is not the silence that Edmund Burke warned us of when he wrote those words back in the 18th century.

However, we may choose to analyse the events of the past week, one thing is certain - the worst thing we could do, the absolute worst, is to sit and do nothing.


ANC Youth League Secretary, Nelson Mandela Branch, Kokstad

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