Friday, October 28, 2011

“ME and MY Protest March” - Malema

“Look at me, look at me, I’m limping!”

Thank goodness the ANCYL’s grand marathon to the gates of government in Pretoria is finally over!

I don’t know how many folk did not travel to work these past two days, but judging from the number of people living in my immediate surroundings, who decided to rather stay at home than face the annoyance of road and business closures, I’m quite sure there were many others, not living in my immediate surroundings.

Besides the general traffic chaos this little Malema-adventure has caused, many people I know stayed at home in order to avoid a potential disaster, in the event that a large mob of protestors decided to get all wild and angry, which is the habitual tendency in South Africa with protests of this sort.

In Afrikaans there’s a saying – “Eerder bang Jan as dooie Jan!” In English it translates directly to: “Rather a scared John than a dead John!”

If you live in the province of Gauteng, in or anywhere near Johannesburg or Pretoria, your senses are in a constant mode of RED ALERT. It has become a way of life, so much so that some people have become totally fearless and immune to violence. It is not a good sign because it shows how shot their nerves are!

In the end, no matter from what angle you approach the dilemma of living in an impulsive, violent, and anxious society, your chances of staying alive for longer are far better if your senses are tuned towards the avoidance of potential dangers. Even the ANC government was rather jittery about allowing Malema and his mob into the streets.

Thankfully the ANC has realized why the old apartheid police used the psychology of visible policing so effectively in the past. I can recall how the ANC and their liberal supporters labelled the SA Police with all sorts of derogatory names back then. I will not forget the times when the international liberal press regularly used the term “Police State” when referring to South Africa back in those days.

Is it not odd how – after 17 years into democracy, the country and its majority black government get as nervous as hell whenever there is talk of a protest march involving majority blacks?  Even so-called “peaceful” protests are handled with extreme caution, with a heavily armed police monitoring the scene. You don’t see this happening when a large group of white folk decide to have a protest march. The “Sisters with Blisters” campaign is a perfect example. When these people march there’s no need to control their movement or block certain roads with flashing blue lights, water canons, and policemen armed with R5 rifles. Why are these extreme (and costly) measures only necessary when crowds of blacks gather, lawfully or unlawfully? 

On a positive note… I’m pleased the ANCYL march went smoothly without any shedding of innocent blood. It would be untrue to state that the protest was completely free from any criminal behaviour, because the banned hate song Dubul'ibhunu (shoot the boer) was again boisterously sung by some members of the youth league.

Obviously, the fact that there were less than 10,000 people who took part in the march, coupled with the strong police presence throughout the entire 2-day event, contributed greatly towards it not developing into a fiasco.

I’ve just heard on the news that Malema is now claiming there were 25,000 people involved in the march. The Caledonian Stadium, where the night vigil was held, can only accommodate 7000 people max, so I guess Malema is talking nonsense again! He’s probably very disappointed that so few of his supporters pitched up, after all that trouble making YouTube videos with gunshot sounds and all!
-- The poor people don’t have access to YouTube – you bloody idiot!

To Malema…

Look what you’ve now done! All your talk about “economic freedom” has pushed up the petrol price again -- sky-high! Eish man, when are you going to grow up and stop looking for attention? This entire protest march was all about you, and only you, was it not?

It’s a bloody disgrace how you had us all monitering your stupid hike, praying for thunderstorms and rain, wondering whether the affair was going to remain peaceful, or not, ... AND waiting so earnestly for you to fall off a truck and break your leg.

I sincerely hope this is the last time the media is going to provide non-stop coverage of your childish frolics!

Now that you’ve shown us that you CAN behave and CAN keep a promise, only proves that your previous acts of misbehaviour were deliberately planned. Ja Boet, you can be thankful I’m not on the prosecuting end of your disciplinary hearing!


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