Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Violence 'Under Control'

Is it?

Is it ‘under control’ or just contained?

Questions, lots of questions remain.

The migrants are still here and the locals still resent them so what has changed?

Perhaps the gubbermunt’s readiness to concede that a problem of over-migration exists?

Maybe the willingness to finally listen to the people through seeing what depraved fury looks like when unleashed by a people who have had enough? Maybe the thought of that special attention being focused on them some day?

Or was it the speed and sheer numbers involved in the violence that transformed their views?

Whatever the answer, the alarm bells are ringing. Let’s hope the gubbermunt buffoons recognise that the PEOPLE have the power to dismantle their comfy existences. I’d like to go with the last option. The ANC does nothing unless it is for its own self-interest and preservation.

So the words ‘under control’ coming from a gubbermunt munista that denied crime was a problem, that denied xenophobia existed and that told whites to eff off out of the country if they didn’t like it, must be taken with a bucket of salt.

I’ll believe it when I see it.

PS: Hey Charlie, you should have stuck to serving wine, asshole!

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A wave of violence against immigrants that left 56 people dead and forced 30,000 from their homes has subsided, South Africa's safety and security minister said Monday.

Police reported isolated incidents of looting and shacks being set ablaze over the weekend, but Safety and Security Minister Charles Ngakula said that anti-immigrant attacks have slowed.

"The situation is under control," Ngakula told reporters.

Foreigners continued to journey home to neighbouring countries on Monday, while thousands remained in makeshift camps after fleeing stick- and knife-wielding mobs of South Africans who accuse immigrants of taking jobs and blame them for crime.

The violence, which has gripped South Africa for more than two weeks, has centred on squatter camps and notoriously bleak dormitories built during the apartheid era for single men who were allowed to work in the cities but not to bring their families.

The attacks spread to Cape Town on Friday and more than 10,000 people spent the weekend in churches and community centres. City authorities also set up six special sites as dedicated camps for the displaced.

More than 1,300 people were being housed at a camping site near Cape Point, one of South Africa's most famous tourist attractions. Hundreds more, mainly Somalis, gathered outside the gates as disaster management teams inside put up giant tents and installed basic lavatories. A large contingent of armed police tried to quell tensions among the crowd.

Many blamed the South African government for doing too little too late.

Malim Hajim, a Somali, fled his brother's store when it was looted. Even though Somalia has no functioning government and is wracked by violence, Hajim said he hoped authorities would help him and his countrymen return home.

"I don't want to stay here anymore. It's finished," he said.

On Sunday, a group of South Africans assaulted five men from neighbouring Mozambique in the eastern port city of Durban, police spokeswoman Phindile Radebe said.

Another Mozambican man was shot in the hand north of Durban Saturday as he drove his family toward Mozambique, police said. It was unclear if that was related to the wave of xenophobic attacks.

Mozambique and Malawi have given assistance to their citizens, including transport back home.

The first bus containing 120 Malawian evacuees arrived in Malawi Sunday night, and another was expected Monday, the government said. Mozambique reported more than 16,000 of its citizens had returned from South Africa by Saturday.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, whose country's political and economic crisis has chased as many as 3 million citizens across the border into South Africa, promised free land to Zimbabweans who chose to return home.

Meanwhile, regional Red Cross director Francoise le Goff said Zambia is making contingency plans to receive up to 25,000 Zimbabweans who may flee South Africa.

Also Monday, lawmakers visited some of the worst affected areas around Johannesburg.

"Whatever our political differences, what unites us all is our outright condemnation for what has been happening in recent past," said Andries Nel, deputy chief whip of the governing African National Congress.

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