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Chaotic looting and destruction reigns

Zuma’s incarceration set off violent protests in tweets and on the streets, with unrest spreading into malls and beyond.
By late Tuesday evening, some five days in, the police ministry had confirmed 72 deaths and 1 234 arrests. Image: Siphiwe Sibeko, Reuters

Two weeks ago, on June 29, the Constitutional Court found former president Jacob Zuma guilty of the crime of contempt of court for failure to comply with the order made by the same court in January, and sentenced Zuma to 15 months in prison, with no right to appeal. Zuma was given five days to hand himself over. Last Wednesday, July 7, he handed himself in and entered the Estcourt Correctional Centre.

Zuma’s Constitutional Court loss and subsequent imprisonment set off a wave of inflammatory and celebratory tweets from his children as well as the Jacob Zuma Foundation and other supporters.

Zuma’s son Duduzane Zuma (37), with 230 700 followers on Twitter, tweeted on June 29: “A war declaration” and “A path has been chosen, many will suffer”, and on July 10: “They declared war. Let them rip the fruits!” … #Free JacobZuma.

Twitter deleted the tweets that followed after that.

Duduzane’s twin sister Duduzile ‘Dudu’ Zuma-Sambudla, with 107 900 followers on Twitter, tweeted many celebratory tweets of burning cars and infrastructure, including: Cdes [comrades] In Diepkloof…We See You! Amandla; [to] Cdes In Richards Bay, We See You! Amandla Raised fist!!! (Who does sugar cane that is being burnt belong to?); Somewhere In SA…Flames Of Freedom! Amandla Raised fistRaised fistRaised fist!!!; Mooi Plaza…We See You!!! … #FreeJacobZuma.

Hotbed erupts

The violence flared up in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and moved to Gauteng. KZN has over a number of years been a hotbed of protest.

Violent protest erupted overnight on the N3 highway near Mooi River on Friday night (July 9), with trucks being torched. A section of the main freeway at the toll plaza was blocked off. Rioters became emboldened, blocking roads and attacking vehicles.

Many malls, factories, warehouses, and small shops have been cleaned out and set alight.

The hashtags SouthAfricaIsBurning and #ShutDownSouthAfrica were used to refer to riot areas, but to also celebrate “successful” riots.

As I write, I am watching a crowded Queen Nandi Drive, which runs between KwaMashu and Durban North. Bakkies and vans overloaded with fridges and furniture are slowly making their way through throngs of ‘protestors’ carrying microwaves and stuffed boxes, and pushing trolleys full of wares.

We await the identification, arrest and charging of the instigators and agitators. 

Wanton destruction

The wanton destruction of every physical object that couldn’t be stolen by the “political protestors, looters, the desperate in need of food” is mind boggling.

Nothing was safe – not the small shop that weaved ladies’ hair, not the pharmacy, not even the clinic. The anguish of the pharmacist trying to save her medicines stood in stark contrast to the brazenness of a group of men trying to remove the gate of a homestead while they were being videoed by the woman in the house who had no one around to protect her.

The looting and burning is indiscriminate, from warehouses to clothing factories.

Gauteng Premier Mayor David Makhura said the blocking of roads has hampered the mobility of ambulances, the delivery of oxygen, and the administering of vaccines. Vaccine sites have been closed.

Businesses that were built up from nothing but pure vision and the hard work of the entrepreneur may never recover.

If the looting is political, why destroy the environment in which you live?

Motivation

Or are there different ‘classes’ of looters?

Those bent on destroying the businesses of foreign nationals in the townships, others taking the opportunity to steal luxury goods and pack them in their luxury motor vehicle, political looters who were told to cause chaos … and the poor who took the opportunity to steal because it had presented itself?

Organised crime has taken advantage of the mayhem and the low police profile.

It is hard to align the stealing of a luxury TV with a protest against the arrest of Zuma, but perhaps there is a deeper philosophical message that I have missed.

Does insurance cover riot damage?

The state-owned Sasria (South African Special Risk Insurance Association) is the only insurance company that covers damage caused by risks such as politically motivated malicious acts, riots, strike action, terrorism and public disorder.

It was formed over 40 years ago – “inspired by courageous young people who shaped the course of history for South Africans through a series of demonstrations and protests known as the 1976 Soweto Uprising”.

Sasria had R8.4 billion in assets under management as at March 30, 2020.

Sasria also undertakes research and investigation of any risks that can be considered to be of national interest. It was not possible to contact the association in time for publication, regarding any intelligence they may have on these riots.

One small business that has fallen victim

An example of a victim of the unrest and looting is Tiro Funeral Solutions (tiroinsurance.co.za), a business established by Tiro Ratone, a well-known social entrepreneur and marketing practitioner.

Only a month ago, Tiro celebrated its 10th anniversary. Tiro is well known for its elaborate tombstones, and also specialises in funeral insurance cover. On June 22 it announced that it would soon be opening three new branches, in Kagiso Mall, Mamelodi Mall and Hebron Mall.

Today, the business is in tatters.

Ratone tweeted:

 

His branches were trashed by criminal looters, who, under the guise of “protest action”, systematically destroyed, broke, smashed and stole everything in sight. He posted pictures of shattered windows, demolished offices, equipment lying in pieces, and wires pulled out of walls.

Ratone’s message on his website – “I was born into and inherited a beautiful world. I commit myself to make sure that one day when I’m not around, I have played my part to ensure that I leave behind an even more beautiful and better world!” – is heart breaking.

There is only one winner

We now face possible food, fuel and medical supplies shortages. Many have lost their livelihoods, single parents may now be in jail, and medical staff, already working under pressure trying to deal with Covid-19 patients, are now having to deal with injuries from the unrest.

With the vaccination rollout hampered even further, the only winner is Covid-19.

That’s how a pandemic thrives – it feeds off the weaknesses of the community.

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The technological prowess of the ANC is unsurpassed in the world.
They have created the world’s first perpetual looting machine !!!!

TG it is not a full blown emergency situation that required a declaration of Martial Law. No folks, to the ANC this is just a minor unhappiness that will sort itself out. No need for the ANC to over-react to “local discrepancies.” The fact that this is unprecedented destruction of property and livelihoods means absolutely nothing to them. Yep, no need for even an emergency declaration. Lala land SA is.

I pity all those feeble minded that handed their guns in.

During yesterday’s security cluster briefing the minister of state security vociferously denied that they were caught with their pants down: thanks to their intelligence gathering they were able to prevent the destruction of some ANC office in Durban/PMB.

That, and ensuring that your tax is paid on time, are this government’s priorities.

There is however a silver lining to the ANC plunging the country into civil (Cyril) war: for at least a week we may be spared a sycophantic opinion piece by Basson, Grootes and the other cheerleaders.

Don’t forget that paragon of journalistic virtue, Nickolaus Bauer.

“We await the identification, arrest and charging of the instigators and agitators.” In a land with no consequences for theft don’t hold your breath – you will likely die.

Sasria had R8,4billion in March last year, I doubt if it has enough to pay the claims that will follow from this crazy crime wave.Will BEE businesses be paid first?

What is the shelf life of the vaccines that cannot be administered due to this war?
UNBELIEVABLE!!

Who can we thank for this situation? The answer may surprise you. The Constitutional Court ruled a while ago that it was illegal to use deadly force to stop looting. So the cops cannot do the right thing and take out those who have abdicated from the human race, due to judicial overreach and too many rights.

they have the intel. just block the instigators facebook,twitter whatsupp…accounts???? oh! forgot the SSA is dysfunctional.

Why take then burn?…..you know the answer Tiro.

Have Duduzani and Duduzile Zuma been arrested and charged with inciting public violence, High Treason,Sedition and Insurrection ?
I dare say no.
The ANC regime through it executive brances of goverment are squarely to blame for the anarchy reigning in the country, as a result of years of systemic corruption,leading to in inept security forces,especially the army and police and causing the judicial system to fail,notably the NPA. Without any hope of imminent change the long term future of a safe and prosperous South Africa is as unrealistic as the country again becomming a civilized first world country.The end is nigh.

The saddest part of this is that 90% of the stolen items are NOT insured as SASRIA does not cover theft. Fire yes but NOT theft. How many businesses will be broken and destroyed for ever after this. Jobs lost. Must be absolutely heartbreaking and of course government – a little to late.

Instead of being rendered into a charming cultural activity, African tribalism has been promoted and harnessed by the ruling party. Making Zuma the President was very smart. The proud Zulu nation was happy to feel that the Zulu nation was in charge of SA. The Zulu royalty was also the chief of the traditional leaders and things could not be better. The scurrilous entirety of the ruling party made hay under Zuma. The last faction to complain was always going to be the Zulu camp. And then they tried to make a scapegoat out of him.

Oh Cyril… What a pickle you are in.

Cyril is the most hated person in the country at the moment. Its a case of Damned if he does and Damned if he doesn’t.

If he declares a State of Emergency his detractors will compare his administration to the Apartheid Government which is the biggest political insult for a revolutionary party. If he doesn’t declare a state of Emergency, his detractors will call him and his administration weak and having lost control of the country.

The solution is actually easy.CYRIL NEEDS TO LEAN INTO THE RULE OF LAW. He needs to regain control by any lawful means possible He needs to show he has regained control.

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