Crisis? What crisis? Haven’t we heard this somewhere else before. Safety and Security Minister, Charles Nqakula doesn’t seem to think it’s a crisis. Nor does Gauteng Safety and Security MEC Firoz Cachalia, who said yesterday that there was “no reason to panic and no reason to deploy the army”.
Now excuse me for just one minute here if you think I am over-reacting, but surely in any civilised country, foreigners would in the first place not just be set upon and killed, raped and driven from their homes by violent mobs. Secondly, in the unlikely event that something like this did happen, the government would use everything in it’s power to quell the violence.
But in South Africa? Well, we’ll just use our inefficient police force, with a dismal success rate in crime prevention, to try and keep the death toll down to “manageable levels”.
The press, both local and international are obviously having a field day.
Here is my take on this disaster.
- Mbeki’s “quiet diplomacy” in Zimbabwe is a direct cause of this human disaster.
- South Africa is one of the (if not THE) most violent countries in the world, with the average citizen having almost zero respect for life, either animal or human.
- The “Rainbow Nation” is a dream and violence just simmers on the back burner.
- Tribal divisions are as marked as ever (what with a Zulu in line for the Presidency).
- How did 4 million illegal immigrants just slip over the border? Can you imagine this happening in the US?
- It is so much easier to just break and destroy and burn, than to work and build up and create.
And the 2010 Soccer World Cup?
IN YOUR DREAMS !!