Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Reaping what you sow…..

Mpuma protesters 'barbaric'

Johannesburg - Protesters in Mpumalanga have displayed irresponsible, reckless and barbaric behavior, said the SA National Civic Organization (Sanco) on Tuesday.

"We find it totally unacceptable and criminal for someone to burn down any public structure due to some allegations which will definitely be investigated by competent authorities," spokesperson Dumisane Mthalane said of the Standerton protests.

He condemned the violent protests that rocked the Lekwa municipality since Sunday, saying they sought to undermine the country's democratic processes.

"For many years, our people have been fighting for the social enhancement of our communities in terms of infrastructure development such as libraries and community centres. To achieve that, our government invested in millions of rands.

"The people responsible for such actions cannot be part of progressive forces aiming for the betterment of lives of all South Africans but represent a minority of disgruntled individuals who are not comfortable with the progress that our country is making," he said.

'Call hotline number, don't strike'

"Yes, it will help.....!!"

Protesters should have followed "democratic processes and structures" to voice their grievances rather than resort to violence.

"Our president, Jacob Zuma, has even gone to the extent of introducing a hotline centre where the public can register their issues if all other avenues have failed," Mthalane said.

He urged the SA Student Organization, the ANC Youth League and the Young Communist League to intervene as some of those responsible for vandalizing public property were young people.

Adults watch while kids destroy

"What is disturbing even more is seeing young, school-going kids on television breaking windows, burning libraries and destroying their own future while some adults in the background fold arms and watch," he said, adding that allegations that sparked the protests should be investigated.

The ANC also condemned the violent protests which saw residents petrol bombing a municipal official's house on Sunday and the burning of a library and community hall in Sakhile township on Monday.

"While we know that communities have genuine concerns, violence which has led to a home of Lekwa municipal speaker Tuch Ndlovu being burnt, blocking of roads and the destruction of public property which has cost taxpayers millions, cannot be condoned," said spokesperson Jackson Mthembu.

2 Opinion(s):

Anonymous said...

"What is disturbing even more is seeing young, school-going kids on television breaking windows, burning libraries and destroying their own future while some adults in the background fold arms and watch," he said....."

Naturally their arms were folded. They did EXACTLY the same things when they were kids 20 years ago. It was like seeing a flashback to "Liberation before Education" times!

Sean said...

And yet they will continue to vote for the ANC. Just shows you their level of intelligence! As far as I'm concerned they should all be thrown into jail. They have no room to complain since they got who they voted for!