Thursday, August 27, 2009

Now it's soldiers rioting

To see the once mighty and proud South African Defence Force reduced to this level is quite tragic. The end of South Africa is nigh. In fact, I wish they would rename the country because this thing the country has become does not deserve to be called South Africa. It's a fu*king zoo. Police, soldiers, workers, citizens rioting almost every day. It's a country controlled by a rubbish regime that will leave nothing to salvage when it is eventually removed which will only be through violence. This is all these people understand. Violence, destruction, chaos. They are in their element. There was nothing there when the white man arrived and there will be nothing again. I don't know what to say. The demise is almost complete. There's very little to be proud of anymore.

Related:
Violent troops face Sisulu's wrath - Soldiers who were dispersed with rubber bullets and teargas following an illegal march on
Wednesday, will be immediately suspended without pay, Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said.

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Soldier protest in Pretoria turns violent

10 vehicles damaged and one police officer injured by SANDU members

PRETORIA (Sapa) - Empty beer bottles, strings of wire and abandoned placards were all that was left after an illegal protest by soldiers at the Union Buildings in Pretoria turned violent on Wednesday.

Just after 4pm, the day long protest over salaries spotted with flashes of violence came to an end when soldiers reluctantly heeded police warnings that more "necessary force" was imminent.

Earlier a group of SA National Defence Union (Sandu) members managed to climb over the fencing into the building's perimeter.

However police intervened and sent them scattering by firing tear gas and rubber bullets.

The crowd then moved towards the south lawns where they continued to taunt police by throwing a petrol bomb into one car and vandalising many others.

Military vehicles "brought in to help contain the situation" were also targeted.

Tshwane community safety spokesman Console Tleane said at least 10 vehicles had been damaged and one police officer and several soldiers had been slightly injured.

Sandu attempted unsuccessfully to have the march declared lawful. However the High Court in Pretoria earlier on Wednesday dismissed this.

The message did not get relayed to the soldiers who complained that Sandu leaders had not addressed them.

Department of Defence and Military Veterans spokesman Ndivhuwo Mabaya quoted Minister Lindiwe Sisulu as saying the threat to human lives and violence represented "the worst form of criminality in a democracy".

"To the Minister's absolute dismay a group of soldiers represented by Sandu chose to break the law," said Mabaya.

Any breach of lawlessness in the defence environment was a serious breach of national security. and especially by those charged with protecting the state, he said.

A chaplain from the army and members from another union the Democratic Military Union of SA (Demusa) also attended the protest but to try and ensure that soldiers belonging to Sandu did not bring the military into disrepute.

Tlholo Bathobakae said soldiers had valid concerns but Sandu had operated undemocratically and in bad faith with the department.

"We strongly condemn this illegal march. Soldiers are the cornerstone of democracy, they are the custodians of justice and peace, this could culminate in anarchy," said Bathobakae.

He said the presence of protesting soldiers, police and other military personnel in a standoff was an embarrassment to the army and also scared the citizens of the country.

Just after protesting soldiers dispersed in buses and mini buses, traffic through the city traffic was quickly congested with motorists warily making their way through broken glass, damaged vehicles and throngs of armed police and military in uniform.

6 Opinion(s):

WHITEADDER said...

I am sure Sepp Blatter must feel very comfortable...

Doberman said...

@ Whiteadder, indeed. He must be phoning the Plan B country and thinking it's gone from 100% cert to be in SA to what, 70%?

Pensioner said...

South African National Disgrace Force. This is the headline in today's Sowetan.

Even the houts are getting pissed off.

How is this scenario;
jz has a problem with mugabe and wants to send the SANDF to sort old robert out before the old fart up and croakes. jz call the minister of defence and tell her to mobilise the the whole lot. "Sorry Sir", she says, "I can't do it, the soldiers are on strike, we don't have any pilots to fly our aircrafts and helicopters and the navy is not trained to actually go to sea or on any bit of water, you see we made all the admirals females to jack up the gender ratio and they get sea sick, even on a stretch of water like lake kariba". Eish we are phucked up beeeg time in this great cuntry of ours.

Anonymous said...

"now it's soldiers rioting"

When the soldiers have a "union", what do you expect?

Are there enough "soldiers" to go to Somalia on the peacekeeping operations? Does this mean the para-military SAPS will be the only one-world government force left to complete the eradication of the Boer Nation?

Anonymous said...

Pity the soldiers didn't bring their R5's along so we could see some nogs wiping each other out for a change, instead of white people.

Loggi said...

WTF

League calls for solidarity with soldiers

CAPE TOWN - Soldiers should not only have the right to strike, but should be allowed to elect their senior officers, the Workers International Vanguard League said on Thursday.

League secretary Shaheed Mahomed said the organisation condemned the “brutal suppression” of Wednesday’s protest by soldiers at the Union Buildings.

Soldiers should have the full right to protest as well as the right to strike.

“It is a disgrace that rank and file soldiers earn such low wages while the officer corps and generals earn huge pay packets, sitting in their comfy armchairs while sending soldiers into life-threatening situations.

“We fully support the right of soldiers to elect their leaders in the army and that their leaders should be subject to instant recall.”

South Africa needed to draw a lesson from Madagascar, where the soldiers united en masse with the working class, disobeying their generals’ order to shoot on worker protests.
http://www.citizen.co.za/index/article.aspx?pDesc=103952,1,22