Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Service Delivery Protests – Police on High Alert!

Service delivery protests have been taking place all over South Africa lately. The normal practise in black townships is to barricade the roads with anything they can lay their hands on. This is followed by the age-old ritual of burning tyres and anything else that can burn, and then pelting the police with stones.

Violent protests flared up last night near Pretoria in Mamelodi East, Hammanskraal, and Hebroen, --- all black townships. The situation in Mamelodi East became particularly volatile when some residents started firing live ammunition. Sporadic clashes between residents and police continued this morning and all police stations in the area, as well as METRO Services have been placed on high alert. The Mamelodi incident can be viewed here.

Poor service delivery is not only affecting the black townships, but also several regions which are predominately white. The contrast between these diverse groups and how each group reacts to poor service delivery was exemplified two days ago, when our National Television showed footage of angry residents of Parys in the Free State dumping their uncollected rubbish outside the municipal hall. They did not burn tyres, barricade roads, or damage property, but showed their disgust by cleaning up the mess and dumping it all in one spot. The Parys incident can be viewed here.

The Blackman’s approach to problems has often been one of extreme foolishness, and a tendency to dramatize a situation to such an extent that, in almost every case, it requires forceful intervention of some sort. The ANC government is now sitting with the exact same problem that faced the old apartheid regime. ---- “Kry vir julle”, is al wat ek kan sê!

See also: The Reasons Behind Service Delivery Protests in South Africa


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