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‘We will defeat those who seek to destabilise our country’ – Ramaphosa

President calls in the army following looting and violent demonstrations by pro-Zuma supporters in KwaZulu-Natal and some areas of Gauteng.
Supporters of former president Jacob Zuma block the freeway with burning tyres during a protest in Peacevale, between Durban and Pietermaritzburg on July 9, 2021. Image: Reuters/Rogan Ward/File Photo

Parts of South Africa “are reeling from several days and nights of public violence, destruction of property and looting of the sort rarely seen before in the history of our democracy” President Cyril Ramaphosa conceded in a live address to the nation on Monday night.

However, he reiterated that those involved in any criminal activity linked to the riots in several parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng would face the full might of the law.

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He also confirmed that the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is being deployed in the two provinces, which together account for over half of the country’s GDP.

“Together, we will defeat those who seek to destabilise our country, who seek to reverse the gains we have made. We will stand as one people, united against violence, unanimous in our commitment to peace and to the rule of law,” said Ramaphosa.

His urgent address came in the wake of escalating riots in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, which have been linked to anger around the jailing of former president Jacob Zuma last week.

However, concerns have been raised that criminal elements and syndicates are taking advantage of the situation, with widespread looting in KwaZulu-Natal on Monday which also saw at least two shopping centres in the province (the privately-owned Brookside Mall in Pietermaritzburg and JSE-listed SA Corporate Real Estate Fund’s Springfield Value Centre in Durban) set alight.

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The financial toll of the destruction to property is not yet known, with hundreds of shops and smaller retail centres across KZN and in parts of Gauteng being looted and vandalised. However, this is likely to run into at least a few billion rand, if one considers the massive claims for insurers, in addition to lost business as several major shopping centres, factories and other businesses being forced to effectively lockdown in Durban, Pietermaritzburg and in the Johannesburg CBD.

SA’s busiest national highway, the N3 from the Port of Durban to Gauteng, was closed for much of Monday after trucks at Mooi River toll plaza were torched and targeted since Saturday.

“Even as we know the high cost of this violence to property, to livelihoods and to businesses, the loss of human life is the greatest cost of all,” said Ramaphosa.

“Many South Africans are at this hour counting the cost to their livelihoods and property, to their shops and businesses, to their safety and security.”

“Many more South Africans are feeling anxious and afraid,” the president noted.

Ramaphosa did not refer directly to Zuma’s arrest prompting the unrest, however he highlighted that “some [people] have characterised these [violent] actions as a form of political protest”.

“This violence may indeed have its roots in the pronouncements and activities of individuals with a political purpose, and in expressions of frustration and anger,” he noted.

“At the beginning of this unrest, there may have been some people who sought to agitate for violence and disorder along ethnic lines. We know that the majority of our people have out of principle refused to be mobilised along these lines,” he said.

“However, what we are witnessing now are opportunistic acts of criminality, with groups of people instigating chaos merely as a cover for looting and theft,” he added.

“There is no grievance, nor any political cause, that can justify the violence and destruction that we have seen in parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng,” stressed the president.

“Although these may be opportunistic acts of looting driven by hardship and poverty, the poor and marginalised bear the ultimate brunt of the destruction,” he also pointed out.

Ramaphosa meanwhile said that law enforcement agencies had arrested 166 suspects in KwaZulu-Natal and 323 suspects in Gauteng in relation to the riots and looting.

Read: Pro-Zuma protests spread to Johannesburg

However, he conceded that the violence is continuing in many areas and emphasised that it was “of vital importance” to “restore calm and stability to all parts of the country without delay”.

The president has heeded calls from the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry and other organisations to deploy the SANDF in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng to help deal with the unrest. Other organised business bodies such as Business Unity South Africa (Busa) and the South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa) welcomed the SANDF move.

“We are mobilising all available resources and capabilities to restore order. As the Commander-in-Chief of the South African Defence Force, I have today authorised the deployment of Defence Force personnel in support of the operations of the South African Police Service,” said Ramaphosa.

“The National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure – known as NatJOINTS – has intensified deployments in all the affected areas in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.”

“The South African Police Service is putting measures in place to call up operational members from leave and rest-days to increase the presence of law enforcement personnel on the ground,” he added.

“The NatJOINTS is receiving support from the Intelligence Coordinating Committee, comprising of SAPS Crime Intelligence, Defence Intelligence and State Security. In addition to greater visibility and an intelligence-driven presence in potential hotspots, we will be prioritising the prosecution of suspects alleged to be involved in this violence,” he noted.

Ramaphosa further pointed out that the National Security Council, which he chairs as Commander-in-Chief, will be meeting twice a day to coordinate “all measures necessary to restore stability”.

He however gave no indication of the scale of the SANDF’s deployment of forces in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

Read: Stores close across SA as violent riots intensify

The president called on religious leaders, traditional leaders, trade unions, businesses, community organisations, political parties and NGOs to work together in addressing the situation.

He said government ministers and senior officials in the economic and the security clusters had already met with Busa.

Meanwhile, Busa described the rioting and looting as a state of anarchy.

“This anarchy has caused significant economic damage and costs. The ongoing violence and destruction of property continues to cause severe losses to the economy,” it said in a statement.

“The anarchy started after the imprisonment of Jacob Zuma, as ordered by the Constitutional Court. Busa notes this, but the critical issue for us is that relatively small groups of people are destroying property, endangering lives, and holding the country hostage,” the organisation added.

“This cannot be tolerated in a constitutional democracy, in which the preservation of law and order and the protection of people’s rights are paramount,” said Busa.

Neil Gopal CEO of Sapoa and a board member of Busa called for “punitive and decisive action” against those looting or destroying property.

“We strongly condemn the incidents of looting and malicious damage to retail property centres,” he said.

“Clearly our police services are being overwhelmed and are ill-equipped to deal with the magnitude and nature of the violence and destruction that is happening around us … We are pleased that the Presidency has deployed the SANDF to help curb the situation.”

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The old SAP and SADF would have quelled this uprising in an instant. Unfortunately, the current police and defence forces are a mere shadow of their former selves. In actual fact, the defence force is little more than sheltered employment. But at least it is a step in the right direction and to be welcomed.

As a white male I’m very happy those boer in short shorts are no longer around, the last thing we need is Klein jan and piet with guns now also, jesus you people stress me out

So you’re one of those people who think English South Africans sat around and did nothing in the old SADF and SAP.

Oh, and English people never voted for the NP.

Right…

You’re not fit to shine Hitchens’ shoes.

The man leading the ANC’s expropriation without compensation campaign last night urged the looters to respect the property of others. oh the irony.

Many people will attribute this campaign to Zuma while the instigator is actually CR and his cronies.Thank you tonalddrump for stressing this point. CR YOU AND YOUR INCOMPETENT CADRES ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM!

Hey cANCer, This is how you came into power with violence, looting and intimidation. Now that you are on the receiving end you have no idea how to handle the situation other than to call for peace and calm.
The current “kid glove” approach is only being used because these are your supporters.

The ANC government and its leaders are to blame for this mess no one else.
YOU and only YOU corrupted these ANC supporters out of millions. Take responsibility just for once.

I have an even better solution than the old SADF or SAP. Let’s get Gun Free South Africa to sort this out. Deploy Gun Free SA’s members to trouble spots, and let’s get them to speak nicely to the looters.

Has to be shoot to kill. Only way to stop this looting.

You destabilized it when you let criminals sit in government, now you have job seekers plundering their way to wealth.

Rama waking up from a deep slumber. Oh look, the country’s on fire.

….The President speedy enactment of martial law under the guise of covid enforcement is revealing

The ANC has no faith in its police force and its hoping the army(misfits and obese louts) will protect them

When you see the police take part in looting, the soldiers will be tempted too

Reminds me of Nero who was fiddling while Rome burnt.

Who waits for two days to come on TV to make some pronouncements at 8pm in a state of emergency?

Just someone as detached as Cyril, leader of the ultra corrupt and useless useless ANC.

He had to wait until his votars stole their tv’s so that they can see he will not do anything serious.

He knew what was coming and did nothing.
Days later he deploys the Army.
The looting is done. Too late.

Not very impressive, is it? Failed state. Failed president. Failed SAPD. Failed Army.

No he did not know because his Intelligence dept. is dysfunctional!

Ya agree it took too long but I also think our Pres also sits with Marikana at the back of his mind as he does NOT want to be seen as the trigger happy leader. You have to be careful, the narrative a few years on is “poor, innocent, defenseless miners mowed down by a well armed bullying police force”. This was constantly reinforced by images of wailing mothers and wife’s. This absolute black and white memory of things is not true. Not saying they deserved to die but these same Sons and Husbands were at the time charging at the Police with weapons.

The strategy must be the quiet one, let them do their thing as long as it is only property and NOT lives whilst gathering intel and that night arrest the ring leaders.

The Police at Wembley on Sunday also could not control such an event however in the wake of it have arrested +- 50 or more people.

“Only property”. What a callous and ignorant thing to say. The destruction of “only property” will cause misery and starvation for thousands in the years to come. Calculations are that every working person feeds 10 people on average. Start counting.

Sadly Rama Lite, your army is sitting under trees with packets of Durban’s finest whilst the SAPS is bringing cigs across the border and running a vehicle export business into Moz.
How you now wish you never got rid of all the Pale Males….

Why what do pale males do that is different? Are they some how immune to something? What are you suggesting?

I really hope you educate yourself on the history of this country and the corrupt pure evil that ran this country before even thinking about trying to hoist yourself up onto any high horse, esp an inbred one missing a leg……

I beg to differ

You want to know what pure evil is?

Treating 26000 Boere women and children like animals.

Tying Jezail rebels to the front of canons and then firing the canons

That’s pure evil

You don’t fool me.

You poor misguided idijit !!

Send in Gun Free South Africa, they will talk some sense to the looters.

Brilliant chirp. Never has Gun Free SA s credibility been so clearly destroyed. We need to be armed as long as the SAPS are incapable of doing their job. Hundreds of overpaid, obese and incapable generals.

SAM says-fire the lot!!

Hats off to Pres Ramaposa for acting so quickly on this one. (Say what you want, but just imagine the horror – had he waited another few days)

Now to get all the video footage from E-news as many thieves are easy to identify for community leaders.

@ JapieM – In what world are you living ? La La Land ?

JapieM is probably a patient at an asylum where the staff have gone looting leaving the front desk unattended

The escalating anarchy can be a very positive event for our democracy. In the first place, the people are demonstrating their contempt for the current leadership of the ANC through lawlessness and plunder. We see the Zuma and RET factions, but where is the Ramaphosa faction? The riots display the extent to which the ANC has broken apart. We see a Zulu ANC and a “the rest” ANC.

Secondly, the current ANC leadership is trembling with fear as they watch the TV screen and read the reports. Luthuli House can be overrun at any moment. In their minds, they see the guillotines being built in the streets. Now all of a sudden they want to start talking to civil society and other political parties to seek advice, while they have ignored and ridiculed the pleas from these groups for 27 years. The ANC has put the churches in lockdown, and now they want faith communities to assist them. They abused and terrorized the business community with lockdowns, labour laws and extortive tax laws, and now they want their victims to create jobs to save the Top 6 from the marauding hordes.

This must be a seriously humbling event for Ramaphosa. If this dangerous process of anarchy is able to bring some humility to the ANC leadership and motivate them to respect civil society and other political parties, it will serve a purpose. The ANC has been abusing its majority in parliament. We have seen how absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Maybe, in the end, it will be Zuma and Magashule, rather than Ramaphosa, who indirectly and unintentionally delivers stability, economic growth and law and order. Anything that destroys the ANC from within is good for South Africa.

He is not intelligent enough to understand this Sensei. He is no leader but I do hope you are right and will soon be an ex leader.

be careful what you wish for. The next one on the throne could be worse.

Once again you have hit the nail on the head..!The sooner the Cancer destroys itself the better…

My domestic made an interesting comment this morning. She said this is a Zulu thing plus a few opportunists.

ECape Taxi guys are not going to start anything here, they suffered enough during lockdown.

This will have an interesting spin, those that expected the country to follow will be left without pants on when the tide goes out, narrowing the instigators down to certain people in the province where it started……

Very interesting observation. I recall before 1994 we had a “third force” fomenting violence in KZN and Gauteng. At the time the previous government had to deal with the situation while Inkatha and ANC leaders tried to negotiate peace. At the time they blamed white rightwing elements in the defense and police forces.

Had a similar conversation with a random East-Cape street vendor. Response: What did Zuma do for us? He was looking for trouble. We’re going home.

If they don’t cull this with brute force, it will happen again. Mark my words. Jail time won’t be a detergent. Obviously a short term solution. Job Creation (and education) is the only long term solution, but with acts like these and a “pap” government and police force, who are going to invest in South Africa Inc now? I had such high hopes for Ramaphosa, but I am afraid the damage and destruction of 27 years of mal management runs so deep, it is going to take 50 years to rebuild South Africa just to the leverl of the Apartheid days. Then probably another 25 to get it to the country we all wish for!

….”the damage and destruction of 27 years of mal management”

President Mbeki was removed by internal coup d’état for being tight fisted
The thuggery of Zuma and EFF wanted the coffers loot and the damage of RSA really started with them; Ramaphosa most likely profited too, being the Vice

Sorry Leah, but no. Both Mbeki, although good in comparison with Zuma, and Mandela ploughed with another’s calves. It was like Mallet ploughing with Carel du Plessis “kallers” but taking all the credit. Between 1994 and 2007, the international community was the ONLY reason why we had it so good. If the right policies was implemented during this time and the law upheld, as it should’ve been done, we would still bath in that success. Unfortunately, not one of our previous presidents, did us any favours of implementing long term success. After 2007, when basically international support left South Africa, we could not stand on our own legs! That is the fault of mal management, incredibly wrong policies, abysmal law enforcement and an sadly degrading education system! I am sorry, you don’t have a case!

The people presently calling the shots in South Africa are probably, on average, the least intelligent representatives of homo sapiens on the planet. Obviously these same people responsible for destroying South Africa are not those who will rebuild it. So who do you think will set matters to rights? South Africa is in for a long, long decline which will eventually end up with the country resembling Somalia.

“Jail time won’t be a detergent.” Ja-nee, that won’t wash.

Where is big mouth CELE in all of this.
He was very quick to be seen on the beaches and vowing to enforce the law which is easy when there is no threat to him or his cadres.

He’s with the rest of the police. And the army.
Not on the ground where the sh1t has hit the fan, but in hiding.

Blood needs to be shed to change a thug mindset.

SAPS couldnt catch a cold let alone a looter. They are too fat! The defence force must be chomping at the bit to have a go.
Rama as slow as a tortoise to action anything, besides he is surrounded by pathetic lieutenants…
SANDF should have held on to some hardcore whities…but hey that wasnt transformation.

The government is the cause of what we are witnessing, with their idiotic policies and incompetent cabinet. More likely their culture to destroy everything. How far we have fallen. This is what happens when you’re in bad shape when disaster strikes. With high unemployment and low economic growth, there is nothing to cushion the blow, like we are experiencing with the epidemic. The divide between rich and poor just gets wider and wider. The ridiculous lockdown implementation was the last straw that broke the camel’s back. Only downhill from here on. The president might as well call Xi Jinping and offer SA on a silver platter to China!

The only thing the ANC is going to defeat is the drinks cabinet at Luthuli House.

Nah — That cabinet is stubbornly indefatigable !!

Bwahahaha! I enjoyed that.

How much tax,Vat etc will be lost? The shrinking tax base will be getting bigger. Anyone thinking of leaving SA. You have your final answer.

Have you seen the Massmart share price today. 6% or about R800mil wiped off the board….

Pres CR made a good speech, even if it is after the fact.

The ANC government should have anticipated the riots.

The riots are probably caused by JZ ‘s intelligence operatives, as they have been doing since 2016 with the burning of trains, trucks and libraries.

Cyril always too late with everything.

The whole world is seeing this.You still wanna invest?

The estate agents are reportedly still discovering idiots from overseas who are ready to throw away $1million or so on immovable SA property!

Sweet platitudes from our President. But we all know there is nothing he can really do… these are his voters. The ANC dare not come down hard on their voters in fear of losing the loyalty of their rank and file.

Its easier to deflect blame on the Apartheid years.

“They will face the full might of the law” That is what they are not scared of, there is no might in the law. The police and their minister are a joke.

… but they are facing the full might of the citizenry now and saw some beautiful clips of lethal ammo being sent downrange. Splat splat

Full might of the law :

Viscous – he hit me with a flower – he does it every hour ( Lou Reed )

A lot of people want to see this and people will always try to destabilise the country. They are jealous. Call it a shit hole. Support riots. Encourage corruption. There will always be bad people. Too bad for them we have good people as well. They are use to fighting struggles and overcome their problems.no matter how big or discouraging it may be.

Mr President,
Lost night your 20.30 address to the Nation was pathetic. Your Goverment including State Security should have gone on Hi Alert last week already and deployed th Military to support our Police. This is not about Zuma but a devided ANC that has not put the Poor and Unemployment and build this country. Of course we continue to blame the Apartheid and Covid problems. Hope this is a final wake up call to us as a Nation that the Inequalities have to be addressed including some Communists in your Goverment. Business need to be given a voice and work together to take this Country forward.

Ashamed right now. If you cannot stand the heat get out the kitchen.

WJS

Oh, Dear Mr President, could you please explain to “Mrs Tshabalala” in Diepsloot JHB, Kennedy Road in Durban or Masiphumelele in Cape Town why she has to live in a leaky shack with her four children, one of which has HIV/AIDS, another has a drug problem and the other two don’t have a a nearby school to get an education. The children’s fathers are absent and don’t support the family. She hasn’t seen them in years.

She was working as a cleaner at Checkers, but now, with the pandemic and the rioting, her job and meagre earnings are at risk.She has chronic asthma and has to take time off to go to a clinic which is often shut due to crime. The taxi fare is exorbitant.

Her eldest son is 19 with a Grade 10 education and when his friends ran off the burn, loot and steal, he decided that seeing as he has no hope of getting a job anytime soon, he may as well fill up bags with whatever he could carry back home to sell or use.

When you said: “This is not who we are,” you were quite correct. You and your ANC elite cadres are not ‘these people”. There used to be the us and them in the Apartheid days and now it is simply “us” the politically connected, and them to rest.

The chickens that have not been stolen are now coming home to roost.

What a goon. Cannot see that he and his ANC comrades are the ones who have destabilized the country. This is all about unemployment and poverty with Zuma merely the trigger.
Through CR’s trade unions, labour laws, corruption, cadre deployment and BEE racism, we have seen our economy stagnate and social inequality soar.
No Cyril, look in the mirror and you may see a good part of the destabilization problem in our country.

“looting of the sort rarely seen before in the history of our democracy” he says……but the looting has been happening unabated for the past 20+ years without much evidence of the “full might of the law”….pffft, does anyone take this joker seriously?

LOCKDOWN!

Ever since the 6 people in the NCCC bowed down to the mighty WHO/ UN etc and agreed to enforce a policy never imposed in 6,000 years of human recorded history. (Quarantining healthy people).

What is happening today was immediately set in stone the day you announced you were switching off the economy, how could it possibly end any other way??? There are all sorts of speculations as to the cause. Zuma – please. They say organised crime are taking advantage – nonsense – in my research of organised crime on the logistics industry – all organised crime just about hate civil unrest, it is very bad for business. They are usually the people to set up first line of defences in their communities, which has already happened in many areas like Phoenix. They actually make a difference because they shoot to kill.

Now ministers are running around trying to fix this “3rd force”/ Zuma Cadres. Careful this is the right hand, watch what the left hand is doing behind their backs.

Remove lockdown please for the love of God. You have trashed millions of jobs and whole industries. You will soon learn that the new millions of starving unemployed, out number your SANDF/ Police 100 fold. So unless you want another Marikana x 10. Lift this lockdown, allow the poor their indulgences in alcohol and accept the death toll on covid will naturally rise in winter, as all respiratory diseases do. Covid is now endemic – and since when has man ever stopped an air borne virus.

It is no coincidence that after your thrilling state of the nation address extending lock down YET again, that all hell broke loose on Monday. This is already spiralling out of your control and shortly will take on the form of a failed state.

Sadly i think you and your NCCC members knew this back in April 2020 – but the presentations from Ferguson and the WHO were just so overwhelming.

Lastly, thanks to ANC modus operandi over many decades, you have one of the most highly trained populace in the world when it comes to violent unrest and malicious property damage. Good luck in keeping them under control.

So an extra 14 days on lockdown. Then i am guessing the political instability by mysterious forces (A STARVING POPULATION), will warrant a security lockdown with many of the same rules.

Do not worry you keep good company, in equally peculiar decisions made by Johnson/ Merkel/ Macron/ Draghi etc – in fact it is surprising it has taken this anti lockdown violence to hit RSA as it has been going on there for a while now.

round of applause. correct

There is an official clamp down on news reporting on the violence that is happening. Have a look at any of the news sites, the last updates on the violence are from 9 hours ago

Lunatics are running the asylum….

Where is our president, where are the police, where is the army, where is…. anybody?

Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrika Maluphakanyisw’ uphondo lwayo Yizwa imithandazo yethu
Nkosi sikelela, thina lusapho lwayo
Morena boloka setjhaba sa heso O fedise dintwa le matshwenyeho O se boloke, O se boloke Setjhaba sa heso
Setjhaba sa South Afrika

It’s not that there are “those who will destabilize the country,” and no, you’ll not defeat anyone, because you’ve demonstrated that there’s no consequences for lawlessness.

Where does this come from? The destabilization comes from the corrupt elite of the ruling party the ANC who have scant regard of=r care for millions of common people who are now desperate, jobless and starving due to corruption of the “ruling elite.” This is the destabilization, the economic disruption effect on the people of the country: start within the ruling party, not some external agents.

Things are so bad the ANC Government is meeting to announce some emergency road and town name changes!!!!!!!!!!!

Do you remember the 1992 Los Angeles riots?

So far I see not much action or any ‘Might of the Law’ I hear a lot of rhetoric so that it appears that something might/is going to be done.

The Police are outnumbered, yet they have to use ‘minimal force’

Our political leaders remain basically toothless, but with vocal chords rining away! This is unfortunately the way of the populist. What is being said is not being reflected in action.

If ex-President Zuma was in any way a true leader, he would have immediately condemned this action even when incarcerated.

This has to be one of the most exciting, anxious interesting times in our country’s history!
I for one, would much rather be here, battling it out with our politicians, struggling to boost our temperamental currency and economy, worrying about the over population by the uneducated, the homeless, celebrating the resilience of our JSE, moaning about our tax rate…..than listening to boring ( lying) Boris and hoping I can catch a walk before it rains…again! Or jostling cheek by jowl with smelly people on public transport, or burning up in California, or being watched by Gov stooges in Hong Kong, or being jailed for chewing gum in Singapore!!!
Living in South Africa is never boring – the weather is wonderful, it’s people ( usually) are wonderful, it’s innovative, interesting, complicated, inspiring, beautiful ….and worth saving.

I work with a lady who as a child escaped Saigon on a boat in 1975. She said more or less the same things about South Vietnam.

The FIRST thing a country must provide is safety for its people!! You sir AND YOUR PARTY HAVE failed! So don’t go around with veiled thoughts and statements that have ZERO believability! I remember one (wanna be) leader saying “I would die for Zuma.” Ever wonder why nothing gets fixed here? You have dumbed down the school children, you have presided over the looting of a country BY YOUR PARTY. You have closed trade schools and NOW made people forever poorer with little “hope.” All this with your on the job trainee ministers, that are clueless and appointed upon party affiliation or they are a Stalwart OR have a famous surname. So when I see you let these looters do their irreparable damage to businesses that feed YOUR government money, One has to ask Just how feckless is this “government helping the poor?” Just an outsider looking in. To quote a famous U.S. President “You’re fired!”

Nothing has changed in 200 years. What is happening now is the same as what happened to the 1820 Settlers.

Social commentary on the Watts riots in the USA by Frank Zappa.
“a timeless rant against racial discrimination and the mindless commodification of news by American TV.”

Zappa wrote it while watching the 1965 Watts riots live on television, adding the riots lasted for six days and left 34 dead, more than a thousand wounded, and two hundred million dollars in damage.

He may not have lived in the current era of FOX News, but he sure as hell saw it coming, and makes the CALLED SHOT right here….. 55 years ahead of time.

More than thirty thousand blacks took part in them, and there were around 4,000 arrests.

Very different circumstances but the lyrics say it all.

“Trouble Every Day”
Well I’m about to get sick
From watchin’ my TV
Been checkin’ out the news
Until my eyeballs fail to see
I mean to say that every day
Is just another rotten mess
And when it’s gonna change, my friend
Is anybody’s guess
So I’m watchin’ and I’m waitin’
Hopin’ for the best
Even think I’ll go to prayin’
Every time I hear ’em sayin’
That there’s no way to delay
That trouble comin’ every day
No way to delay
That trouble comin’ every day
Wednesday I watched the riot…
Seen the cops out on the street
Watched ’em throwin’ rocks and stuff
And chokin’ in the heat
Listened to reports
About the whisky passin’ ’round
Seen the smoke and fire
And the market burnin’ down
Watched while everybody
On his street would take a turn
To stomp and smash and bash and crash
And slash and bust and burn
And I’m watchin’ and I’m waitin’
Hopin’ for the best
Even think I’ll go to prayin’
Every time I hear ’em sayin’
That there’s no way to delay
That trouble comin’ every day
No way to delay
That trouble comin’ every day
Well, you can cool it,
You can heat it…
‘Cause, baby, I don’t need it…
Take your TV tube and eat it
‘N all that phony stuff on sports
‘N all the unconfirmed reports
You know I watched that rotten box
Until my head begin to hurt
From checkin’ out the way
The newsman say they get the dirt
Before the guys on channel so-and-so
And further they assert
That any show they’ll interrupt
To bring you news if it comes up
They say that if the place blows up
They will be the first to tell,
Because the boys they got downtown
Are workin’ hard and doin’ swell,
And if anybody gets the news
Before it hits the street,
They say that no one blabs it faster
Their coverage can’t be beat
And if another woman driver
Gets machine-gunned from her seat
They’ll send some joker with a brownie
And you’ll see it all complete
So I’m watchin’ and I’m waitin’
Hopin’ for the best
Even think I’ll go to prayin’
Every time I hear ’em sayin’
That there’s no way to delay
That trouble comin’ every day
No way to delay
That trouble comin’ every day
Hey, you know something people?
I’m not black
But there’s a whole lots a times
I wish I could say I’m not white
Well, I seen the fires burnin’
And the local people turnin’
On the merchants and the shops
Who used to sell their brooms and mops
And every other household item
Watched the mob just turn and bite ’em
And they say it served ’em right
Because a few of them are white,
And it’s the same across the nation
Black and white discrimination
Yellin’ “You can’t understand me!”
‘N all that other jazz they hand me
In the papers and TV and
All that mass stupidity
That seems to grow more every day
Each time you hear some nitwit say
He wants to go and do you in
Because the color of your skin
Just don’t appeal to him
(No matter if it’s black or white)
Because he’s out for blood tonight
You know we got to sit around at home
And watch this thing begin
But I bet there won’t be many live
To see it really end
‘Cause the fire in the street
Ain’t like the fire in the heart
And in the eyes of all these people
Don’t you know that this could start
On any street in any town
In any state if any clown
Decides that now’s the time to fight
For some ideal he thinks is right
And if a million more agree
There ain’t no Great Society
As it applies to you and me
Our country isn’t free
And the law refuses to see
If all that you can ever be
Is just a lousy janitor
Unless your uncle owns a store
You know that five in every four
Just won’t amount to nothin’ more
Gonna watch the rats go across the floor
And make up songs about being poor
Blow your harmonica, son!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=naFQ7KG_nHg

Too little, too late.

As with the vaccine rollout.

This is just the first act. When Magashule gets dumped in the slammer then we can kiss the Free State goodbye. Along with its commercial farms. Then we will see food insecurity like never before!

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