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What if – the policemen deployed at Marikana were prohibited from using live ammunition and were thus forced to rely solely on non-lethal equipment and non-lethal tactics to control the protesters?
What if – the situation was reversed, and 34 (or more) policemen were savagely butchered and 78 (or more) were injured by a 3000-odd horde of striking mine workers?
What would we now be reading in the news headlines if this shocking scenario had occurred?
Let me guess – the initial reports in the local media would probably have resembled the following:
Police Lose Battle against Striking Miners
34 Cops Dead – 78 Injured
DA calls for Riah Phiyega’s suspension
Would there have been any mention of a “massacre” or a “bloodbath”? Would there have been any genuine sympathy for the families of the deceased and wounded cops? Would there have been talk of an “uneasy calm at Marikana Mine” on the following day? Would there have been any declaration of a national week of mourning?
Graphic footage and photographs of the slaughter would have been scarce or possibly non-existent, as journalists and press photographers would surely have also been slaughtered - particularly if there were no police to protect them. If any footage did survive it would most likely have been classified as too graphic for public display, and the international media would consequently not have made a big issue of the incident, for sensational stories are nowadays not newsworthy without accompanying graphic portrayals.
Some of the follow-up news reports would have been no different to the ones we see today, for example: Muti made strikers aggressive, Malema speaks at Lonmin mine, and Traditional leaders head to Marikana.
However, there is no doubt in my mind that the policemen on the scene, and not the murdering savages, would still have carried the brunt of the blame for the tragedy, and that the mainstream media would have had much to say about the lack of police expertise, police mismanagement, and other irrelevant issues. The central issue, namely evidence of the instinctive sadistic nature of the noble savage, would have been ignored and suppressed at all cost!
All sorts of 'astounding' yarns would surely have been fabricated… Inflated gossip about police brutality, police intimidation and harassment at the homes of the protesting miners would have been used to endorse and defend the barbaric savagery of the attackers. Sensational invented stories would have, no doubt, placed considerable emphasis on the age-old evils of apartheid and the ‘karma’ (of Sharpeville) that came back with a nasty punch.
The more one imagines a What if scenario the gloomier the situation becomes… Protesters countrywide would have viewed the incident as a major revolutionary victory; chaotic violence would have subsequently broken out in every major city in the country, and especially in areas where there’s been never-ending service delivery protests. A possible rebellion within the ranks of the police is another matter that cannot be excluded, with armed vigilante groups possibly taking the law into their own hands.
A state of Uhuru?
In the end, no matter how one looks at a reverse scenario, hysterical hooliganism, looting, arson, and vicious Rwanda-style savagery would have been the order of the day, with the death toll gradually rising by the hour. In other words - the state of Uhuru, which so many others caution and speak of, would thus have finally hit South Africa, like an unexpected violent thunderstorm.
In the end - after the dust had settled and the blood had stopped flowing, the passionate bravery of the noble savage would have eventually dominated radio bulletins in a droning and repetitive wave after wave, until the entire world finally accepts the nonsense as truth - more or less in the same fashion they made heroes and gods from ANC terrorists.
It gives me no pleasure to sketch an alternative picture of what could possibly have happened if the police did not resort to using live ammunition, but hopefully the picture I’ve sketched will compel the demonic liberal media in this country to shut the hell up and to stop blaming the police for what happened at the Lonmin mine, and to accept the fact that the striking miners were not only a bunch of liars (they lied about their salaries) but also dangerous armed criminals. Is it not ironic that these panga-yielding rock drillers earned more money than the average cop? Rebellion of the poor - my arse!
The police did not shoot to kill anybody; they fired shots to protect themselves. It’s called self-defence!
See also: Why the police resorted to extreme force at Marikana - (SA Police Media Statement)
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