Thursday, July 23, 2009

Unemployed Threaten City with Violence

Public protest the African way. I fail to understand how a "survey" can "uncover" an unemployment figure of 26 million, in a country where there probably aren't even that many adults. Did they just ask people how many unemployed they know - including babies?
Would I be considered cynical if I predict that a lot of non-food items such as TVs and laptops will also be looted?

A GROUP representing the unemployed in KwaZulu-Natal has threatened to set townships alight and unleash an army of looters on shops unless all jobless people received a basic income grant of R1500 a month.

National spokesperson for the SA Unemployed People’s Movement, Nozipho Mteshana, said a survey the group commissioned had uncovered more than 26million unemployed people in South Africa, more than half of the population.

The figures had gone up recently because of job losses from the economic meltdown.

Mteshana said the country would soon be in flames if the government failed to do something because people’s anger could not be contained much longer.

“We give our government and eThekwini municipality, which is our focus at this point, seven days to give us answers.”

The group has handed the municipality a memorandum of their grievances.

“If we don’t get positive answers by next Wednesday we will let people loot all the big shops and take whatever food they find in those shops. If this is the only language our government understands, then we will speak it very loudly,” she warned.

Mteshana said most of their members were young tertiary graduates. They were fed up with “ANC pals and the same people getting tenders” while others went hungry.

She said in a country where pensions were granted only at 60 it pained her to note that most unemployed people were between 18 and 35.

Crime was escalating because people were hungry.

“Hungry stomachs are angry stomachs, which is why we feel that unemployed people should be provided with a basic income grant. Our government has money but it is not prioritised properly.”

Economic expert Bonke Dumisa said it was unreal to expect an economic solution to these problems.

“Business can’t do it. Business is in the business of making money with as few people as possible, given the economic downturn.”

He said the answers lay with the politicians and their will to deal with the real unemployment figures.

4 Opinion(s):

Ranger Tom said...

Viking, wasn't I saying something last night about burning down one's own neighborhood and looting, just to get what you want?

When's the last time you saw whites doing the same?

FishEagle said...

It's another example of the typical African 'Give me! Give me!' mentality. I shudder to think how far it is going to be allowed to go, given the lack of political will (and probably more importantly, know how) to actually do something about improving the lives of people.

Anonymous said...

Seriaas? 26 million unemployed at R1500 a month? A drop in the ocean. Add on the child grants at R240 each, and the child carer grant of what is it now? R150 a month? and nobody needs to work again, they can all stay and home and screw plenty more babies into existence, compliments of the ANC.

Let them loot the kakkest, most anti-white supermarket I have ever come across, Shoprite Checkers. Serves them right.

AMB said...

Ol Raymond Ackerman must be a bit concerned when the masses start targeting his little profitable enterprises. Not that I feel sorry for him, but it's amazing that the government is to blame for the sheeple's poverty, but they target private enterprises as retaliation. Why don't they go burn down a few menestas houses??