SOUTH AFRICA IS BURNING

2016-06-22 09:14

Our beloved country is burning down into ashes, Today when you go to work you must budget three hours more on top of your normal travel time as you must anticipate violent service delivery protest, where access and major roads are blockaded. Cars are stoned and criminal activities are taking place.

Memories of Andries Tatane, violent strikes in Mpumalanga, Emandeni in KZN where factories were burnt down and burning of schools in Livuwani Limpopo are still fresh in our minds. Currently Tswane is burning as its residence are protesting agaisnt the mayor that is imposed by the ANC.

Surprising enough the ruling party sees nothing wrong with all these protest. They say all is well, people are just exercising their democratic right to protest.

ANC general secretary has called this particular protest an act of thuggery. He failed to acknowledge that his party has failed to respect internal democracy.

Justice Malala said on Radio 702 that the Tswane protest is about people who wants to control resources and tenders in Tswane under the outgoing mayor. If this is true, the ANC must conduct a self introspection on what it stands for.

It must also be remembered that Senzo Mchunu was replaced as the KZN premier because he decided to centralise tenders in his office and starving some comrades, as a results he was removed.

The current leadership has messed-up the ANC,and will cost a lot of effort for the next ANC leadership to rebrand it and to reposition it back into a reputable Organisation, that it was before.

These protest are not good for our economy and for the country as they shift our spot as a perfect investment destination. Furthermore the township economy is also suffering. Traffic congestions at N1 and M1 bring the whole Gauteng province to a standstill. Police and the intelligence have proved their incompetence by failing to deal with violent protest.

Protestors must know that there are other decent alternative methods of protesting like using the ballot paper, to vote for the party that listens rather than vandalising public property. The upcoming local government elections must be used as a barometer to measure what will happen to the national elections.

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