Tuesday, May 18, 2010

And it just continue, over and over again.

It is really scary to read articles like this, and then do a bit of research, to then see that as far back as 2006 R400 million were given for housing in this particular township.

See: Olievenhoutbosch receives R400m housing project
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA Feb 20 2006 15:50

I can only make the assumption that the R400 million never got to where it was suppose to go, or that it was just a feel good article in 2006.

Looking at photos of Olienhoutbosch, and thinking where this specific area is, I can only assume that the new houses were never build

The townships are burning – and foreigners may be next. Again.

On Monday the petrol bombs came out in Olievenhoutbosch, a settlement right in the heart of Gauteng. It was just wanton destruction, but the talk is of targeting foreigners, and soon. If security forces don't start taking that talk seriously, we face a repeat of 2008. Alex Eliseev was there.

When South Africa sobered up from the xenophobic mayhem of May 2008, we all thought we had learnt some lessons about humanity.

Dragging elderly Mozambicans from mining hostels and smashing their heads in with steel pipes, or torching them in front of a frenzied crowd, soaked our rainbow flag in blood and shamed us before the world. But as the struggle for resources intensifies, and anger grows over the most basic of service delivery, it appears a different lesson lingers.

Listen to the words of an Olievenhoutbosch resident, speaking about his fear that a housing riot that erupted there on Monday is headed for xenophobic fury:

“Later, they (the protesters) are going to start in the houses, they’re going to take them out…”

“Take who out?”

“They’re gonna chase the people from other countries out… like Zimbabweans, Nigerians, those who are living here… those who have shops here, they’re gonna break them down and take everything inside, because they belong to them… They say if maybe they start that fighting of xenophobia, killing the foreigners and stuff, the government will listen to them, to what they say.

“Zuma just said they should stop everything and wait until the World Cup is over and then he will help them. But they refuse to listen to the command.”

The equation is strikingly simple: we want what they have. We are willing to kill to get noticed. And we can use the World Cup as leverage.

Whether these threats – delivered on the second anniversary of the xenophobic attacks – are real or not is irrelevant. What they show is a terrifying glimpse into the minds of those who throw the rocks and shout down the tank-like Nyalas. Those who draw strength from being an invisible face in a crowd.

The riot in Olievenhoutbosch, near Midrand, was organised on Monday without the knowledge of many community leaders. It began in the dark hours of the morning and, before the sun was up, the protesters were at war with the police.

Taxi ranks were paralysed, workers returned home, children couldn’t go to school and instead took part in the fighting. By mid day, officers were destroying failed paraffin bombs or hiding them in their armoured vehicles. Kids hid behind homemade shields and fired their catties.

Police arrested 21 people. Paramedics rushed around treating the wounded. And the battles continued throughout the day.

Being there, one couldn’t help feel that the housing demands were giving way to some kind of primal thirst to destroy. Shops were set alight. A journalist’s car had a window smashed. Streets were blocked with rocks and hawker cages. There were no negotiations and the violence ended slowly, once a stalemate was reached.

Make no mistake, the issues are real and the demands are legitimate. It cannot be that this far down the road people are still living like this. Jacob Zuma said so himself while – on the same day as the protest – he visited the Sweetwaters township and met with its residents.

But the problem is that protests like these have become so frequent that those organising them have realised that it’s no longer enough to burn tyres and hurl rocks. They realise they have to up their game.

Last month, the government reported that more service delivery protests have taken place in the first three months of this year than in any equivalent period since 1994. Deputy minister of co-operative governance and traditional affairs, Yunus Carrim, warned that the riots are growing more violent.

We can throw many factors into this fiery cauldron – a third force, political motives fuelling the protests, anger at municipalities and untrained riot police. In the end, though, we have to face reality. People are angry, violent protests are increasing and there is dangerous talk of turning on foreigners. Again.

In 2008, police were caught off guard when attacks first broke out in the streets of Alexandra. Now, with the World Cup three weeks away, they cannot afford to make the same mistake.

And we cannot afford to ignore the voices in the streets.

6 Opinion(s):

Piet the Pirate said...

The author of this article sounds almost amazed this can, and is, actually happening.
The pot is boiling friends and the lid is about to blow off.
This is simply the next stage of the downward spiral that the rainbow nation finds itself trapped in.
Nothing can stop it. It was the fate we prescribed the day we allowed these brainless savages to rule what was once the greatest land on this planet.
May God forgive us for our folly, but really, we deserve no better.

Anonymous said...

The fate of the rest of the world will be no better, because they prescribe to the same insanity we do.
We are merely leading the descend into madness. At least SA is ahead in something.


Anonymous said...

Well, perhaps they should go for it.

From what my brother in SA told me it seems most of the farm murders may well be jobs done by illegal immigrants rather than local blacks.

Born to be wild said...

There was an article in The Times on Monday about Zuma finally going to see a woman in a township who'd left countless messages of distress on his hotline. Woman is 50, has six kids, no job, only the youngest child qualifies for a child grant, so one of her daughters has become a prostitute. Sob sob. No mention of any husband, as usual. So she thinks Zuma who has four wives and countless kids is going to help her out for not realising that a child grant can only provide a child with a subsistence living for a limited time period, but not enough for an education so no job or future. Blacks winkle babies out at an astonishing rate for R250 a month a pop; one suspects they'd it for R100 a month, anything for a freebie. There are plenty of white mothers who qualify for child grants but you don't see them standing in benefit queues because social grants are a "black" thing. "Black" meaning stupid with a loser mentality. So don't be surprised if they kill each other for R5.

Anonymous said...

Brilliant video on SA!


Para Bellum said...

If you are a white in South Africa and you have not yet joined a white preparedness group:

There is strength in numbers.

EENDRAG MAAK MAG is as true today as it was the day the Marxist scum removed it from our coat of arms. By taking that from us they will be able to take everything else. But, there are those of us who remember.

It is no use fleeing the country. Europe and the US are about to drag the world into famine and depression like you have never seen. It is going to get brutally Darwinian out there. The whites had better realise that their only hope is in each other. The Mandelatopian (or is that Dystopian) dream of multi-culti-feel-good-la-la-land is nothing but a myth.

Forget any friends you have who are not white. Just because you have a buddy of "colour" is not going to stop the panga. Stuff them! Concentrate on your own nation and we maybe will survive the coming shitstorm. If you want to kiss and cuddle with the unwashed, your blood will be on your own head.

As sure as God made little green apples the ANC are pushing this country to the point of a very un-CIVIL war.

Join your brothers NOW and STAND UP!!!