Friday, July 24, 2009

Bring Zuma his machine gun

Xeno Riots Part Deux? - In early June 2009, ILSA predicted the xenophobic riots would resume.

Xenophobic attacks return - The Times

Violent protests have erupted in townships across South Africa over poor delivery of basic services and foreigners have again been caught up in the chaos.

But Jacob Zuma’s new administration has vowed to crack down on violent protest.

Television footage show police firing rubber bullets and tear gas at township rioters. Several people have been arrested while scores have been hospitalised.

Zuma’ spokesman Vincent Magwenya said South Africa’s leader believed there was no justification for the violence. “While residents may have genuine grievances the president’s view is that there can be no excuse for violence or destruction of property,” he is quoted saying today.

The unrest, with scenes reminiscent of violence against foreigners in 2008 that killed 62 people, also undermined South Africa’s hope of showing a positive image less than a year before the country hosts the soccer World Cup.

Many say local officials of Zuma’s African National Congress (ANC) have failed to provide jobs, housing, sanitation and medical services and have promoted a culture of nepotism.

Service delivery protests broke out in several informal settlements with residents burning tyres and blockading roads. Foreign nationals who run business have their enterprise looted and burnt.

As protests continue, police say 90 people all members of the South African Unemployed People’s Movement were arrested on Tuesday after storming into two supermarkets and helped themselves to food without paying.

Its leader said until the Zuma led government took them seriously they would carry on with the action. “We want the government to provide the unemployed with R1 500 basic income grant. This is just the tip of the iceberg” she is quoted saying.

The arrested were caught feasting on roasted chicken, chips inside the stores while loading other goodies inside trolleys.

5 Opinion(s):

Anonymous said...

By not clamping down they add legitimacy to the claims of the rioters leading to more violence.

By clamping down they add fuel to the fires of discontentment leading to more violence.

Catch 22.

What happens when the thin blue line collapses?

Dachshund said...

They always steal the roast chicken. LOL.

Anonymous said...

Koons. Haha, you gotta laugh at them. Feasting on roast chicken ... my eyes are watering ...

Doberman said...

KFC outlets must be shaking in their boots right now..

Anonymous said...

Oops, black jesus is turning on his peeple/sheeple. What next? Could this be the beginning of "african democracy"?