Violent protests need to be stopped

2016-06-21 06:00

THE recent spate of violent protest action is giving South Africa a poor image abroad.

This destruction and mayhem seems to continue unabated with no end in sight and South Africa has been accorded the dubious title of protest capital of the world.

Never a day passes without the mention of violent protest action in some corner of the country. Hearing of protesters blocking roads, burning tyres and cars and causing damage to property has become the order of the day.

The security personnel either do not have a clear-cut strategy or they are not equipped adequately to deal with these volatile situations.

This is a dangerous path to follow, especially when suspects are apprehended and released on warnings.

This is ultimately sending out the wrong message to people who want to indulge in violent acts.

New stricter legislation with severe sanctions needs to be drafted to arrest the situation.

Intervention is required immediately to put SA back on a positive road to recovery.



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