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« on: July 13, 2021, 09:43:57 PM »

This doesn't seem to be yet another service delivery protest nor is it just a case of starving impoverished people stealing food for sustenance. From multiple sources on the ground, this seems to be a co-ordinated attempt to do the following:  
1. Loot the stores to remove food from circulation.
2. Destroy the stores so they cannot be restocked.
3. Destroy the trucks that deliver food  i.e. cut off the supply chain
4. Attack the food producers now that the retailers and logistics have been dealt with.
5. Bring the country to its knees.
6. Throw in a race war for good measure.

The President is being advised by well respected legal minds  to declare a state of emergency. While the President dithers, the bodies are piling up and the food supply infrastructure is being razed to the ground.

Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) and Lesotho (and to a lesser extent Zimbabwe) are countries which depend on South African economic engine for supplies and livelihoods. Neighbouring Zimbabwe was once the bread basket of Southern Africa  - well, there is a woeful tale of how that turned out.

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Durban - Communities formed snaking, often silent queues, at shops that had not bore the brunt of looters in Durban in an effort to buy what ever essentials they could get their hands on.

What was, however, clear was that bread and milk supplies had run out.

With shopping malls across the city looted bare, food security was fast becoming a concern.

In addition to basic food supplies, mothers were desperately queuing for baby formula and nappies, with supplies fast running out.

Speaking in her personal capacity, Mbali Ntuli, a senior DA member in the KwaZulu-Natal provincial legislature, who was one of the many people who lined up to buy essentials, described the situation as “madness”.
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Police Minister Bheki Cele says that they have a list of 12 instigators of the current unrest and looting in South Africa.

When probed by the media on whether this list included members of former president Jacob Zuma’s family, he skirted the question and said that they had a list of "12 South Africans" who have been inciting violence.
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Parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng have been rocked by unrest. News24 earlier reported that violence broke out on Friday, incited by calls to free Zuma from prison, but has since descended into mass violence and looting.

Cele said there were people who did not even know Zuma, but had joined in on the unrest.
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 The ANC failed to sort out its politics when the Zuma matter was for its members only to resolve. Now parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng are in flames, as they were almost three decades ago. The immediate danger now is of armed conflict between races, because their government is not capable of protecting its citizens from thugs who have hijacked a pro-Zuma bandwagon for their own nefarious intentions.

The devastating impact of the political violence in KwaZulu-Natal in the 1980s and 90s is often viewed in the context of the number of lives that were lost as communities defended their territories against marauding mobs pretending to be anti-apartheid activists or defenders of law and order.

They left the township economies decimated after they were finished with looting and razing to the ground general dealers, tea rooms, liquor stores and other local businesses.
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There is a sense that the state cannot protect its citizens. The government of the day is clearly not in charge.

The message from President Cyril Ramaphosa was meant to give leadership and assure everyone that he and his team have a handle on the situation.

Unlike during the dreaded 1980s and 1990s, the criminals roving from one mall to another have no fear of the police or the soldiers.

Meanwhile, residents are taking it upon themselves to protect their properties and communities because the government is helpless and afraid to declare a state of emergency lest it is compared to its apartheid predecessors.
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Duduzile Zuma-Sambudla – from pampered diamond queen to armchair instigator of violence

On Saturday, barely 48 hours after Zuma was whisked out of his home at Nkandla at the 11th hour to begin serving his 15-month prison sentence, the violence began with the burning of trucks in Mooi River. Duduzile Zuma-Sambudla, the woman who wed in an off-the shoulder gown encrusted with Swarovski crystals with her feet shod in Christian Louboutin, had become an armchair revolutionary a few weeks earlier.
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A video of a pump-action shotgun being emptied into a poster of President Cyril Ramaphosa was also retweeted by Zuma-Sambudla and later deleted.
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« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2021, 09:54:27 PM »

Yikes!
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« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2021, 10:03:04 PM »

Yikes!

We wondered why the leader of our resident fascist party had tea with the Looter-in-Chief despite being instrumental in his ousting.
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« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2021, 03:08:12 AM »

How frightening.  Thank you for a concise overview and analysis.  How are you?  Are you safe and stocked up?
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« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2021, 09:56:44 AM »

Very scary situation. Thank you for the information Chandrasekhi ! I hope you and your family are safe in the middle of all this madness  Sad
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« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2021, 11:54:15 AM »

Elissa, Corde:  Hug we have been unaffected by the violence but friends and family haven't been as lucky. The only reason there has not been complete anarchy in the stricken regions of the country is because communities have banded together, armed themselves, erected barricades (in some cases human shields with fatal consequences  Cry ) to defend lives and property.

The Minister of Police of the beleaguered, under resourced, inadequately trained police force, is now calling on communities to work together to fight against criminality. One must wonder where he has been for the past two weeks when the first salvo was fired by the burning of fuel tankers to cut off the arterial route between the coast and interior.

As much as the formentors of the violence and plotters of the plan for destabilisation may have wished, the attempt to provoke a race war isn't working out too well: the destruction has been roundly condemned (especially by those  who relied on the jobs provided by the destroyed businesses) and communities are working to assist each other across the lines the formentors hoped to divide South Africans.

The formentors, their families and cronies have been trying to destroy South Africa for well over a decade. That South Africa is still standing is a credit to our sterling investigative journalists, independent judiciary (despite attempts to infiltrate it), the brains trust that we still have in the business sector, brave South Africans and some civil servants who are more interested in nation building than lining their pockets from the public coffers.

President Ramaphosa has my support and I am convinced that of the majority of the nation. Even the infamous Taxi Association, a major disruptor when it wants to be, is taking an active stand against the violence, forcing looters to return their ill-gotten gains in some instances. If only the President wasn't hobbled by his own party. His  primary allegiance as President is to the people and the Constitution he was instrumental in crafting, not to his political party. If he truly believed this, he would act with the decisiveness we require of him.
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« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2021, 02:21:42 PM »

I also which everyone there the best. How horrible to hear that some people still relate on violence to get what they want.
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« Reply #7 on: July 14, 2021, 05:32:50 PM »

Chandrasekhi  Hug  Please stay safe.

 Thank you so much for the information.  I'm sorry to say I haven't seen much on American news about this dangerous situation.  I'm encouraged that communities are working together and the evil intentions of the instigators aren't happening, I pray that continues and the violence is quelled with no more bloodshed.  Peace to you my friend and your beautiful country.
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« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2021, 02:00:11 AM »

Kris, CoC  Hug

An excellent article on the genesis of the current troubles:
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AGE OF ANARCHY ANALYSIS
Under investigation: Twelve masterminds planned and executed insurrection on social media, then lost control after looting spree

By Ferial Haffajee• 14 July 2021

South Africa suffered an insurrection attempt this week with two provinces, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, disabled and national fuel and food supply lines disrupted. It is the first such campaign organised and orchestrated on social media
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More than 70 people have died, at least 1,354 people have been arrested and 12 ringleaders are being investigated for a political campaign that has spiralled out of the control of its firestarters.

The first arson “protests” at the weekend, in which 35 trucks were torched on the N3, which links Gauteng to KwaZulu-Natal and is South Africa’s food and fuel route, started the darkest week of anarchy in the country’s recent history. Information has now emerged that this was planned by intelligence operatives and other cadres loyal to Jacob Zuma. The former president is jailed at the Estcourt Correctional Centre for contempt of court and his loyalists want him out.
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By the divine right of Kings, the new Amazulu King Misuzulu kaZwelithini, provides leadership to bring an end to the destruction in KZN. #Respect.
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« Reply #9 on: July 15, 2021, 04:48:46 AM »

I have seen nothing on American news, sadly. Thank you for keeping us up to date. Scary!
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« Reply #10 on: July 16, 2021, 12:39:37 AM »

I have seen nothing on American news, sadly. Thank you for keeping us up to date. Scary!

The South African journalists covering the "AGE OF ANARCHY" are the best in their field.

http://www.dailymaverick.co.za
http://www.mg.co.za

For situational updates:
https://www.iol.co.za/new...aa-402b-ac83-04f0173cae91

There are articles on MSN too.


Situation at the moment:
1. One of the Treacherous Twelve has been arrested; scapegoating of the poor has begun as a defence.
2. Ordinary citizens, Taxi Association, business owners are still fighting back. More troops on the ground. Concerns being raised that the flat-footedness of the police may have been deliberate i.e. the rot of the Zuma years has not been excised. Sporadic looting.
3. Severe food shortages and fuel shortages in KZN.  Hours long queues with purchases restricted to 10-15 per person if you are lucky enough to find anything when you reach the front of the queue. Community based organizations  have hired planes to fly bread and other essentials from other parts of the country to KZN. At least one of the airlines has increased the number of flights to Durban to assist with food distribution from other parts of the country. This while some farmers are discarding perishables running into millions of USD daily because they cannot get the food to market. This situation should start improving with the deployment of the army but the damage has been done.
4. Pollution:
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According to reports, run-off water and chemicals reached the ocean through storm water drains after firefighters battled a blaze at a chemical plant at Cornubia started by looters on Tuesday.

“The public is advised to refrain from all recreational activities, including fishing or surfing, bait collection and picking up of dead species in this area,” said the municipality.

“Collecting or harvesting of any marine living resource in the area is temporarily prohibited until the cause is determined and the threat has abated.

“Authorities are investigating the source of the pollution and cleanup companies are trying to contain the spill.”

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Amid the human tragedy from violence and looting in KwaZulu-Natal, the impact of arson attacks on chemical plants and warehouses has also spilled out to poison fish in local rivers and the Indian Ocean.
Thousands of fish and other marine creatures have begun washing up in a river lagoon and on beaches north of Durban after poisonous effluents poured into the sea in the aftermath of numerous land-based arson attacks.

The uMhlanga estuary turned turquoise on Thursday, leaving thousands of fish and prawns dead or gasping for breath, while crayfish, crabs and octopus were also reported to have washed up on beaches next to uMdloti.
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Emissions  from burning chemicals can be smelled for miles.
5. Communities are in dialogue to prevent the fightback from being portrayed as anything but a protection of lives and property against criminality.
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« Reply #11 on: July 18, 2021, 02:06:08 PM »

On this Mandela Day, further conflict is brewing in South Africa and the destruction continues albeit on smaller scale. It is turning racial which no doubt was the intention of the agent provocateurs. Please read the links provided if you want to find out more or PM me. Twitter is a cesspool at the moment. As of this morning, one of the worst race-baiting accounts, calling for genocide,  was disabled.

https://www.news24.com/
https://mg.co.za/
https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/

An interview with Imtiaz Sooliman, of the international Aid organisation, "Gift of the Givers".
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« Reply #12 on: July 18, 2021, 02:58:19 PM »

Wow  Shocked
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« Reply #13 on: July 18, 2021, 03:37:39 PM »

South Africa, Cuba, other places? These are strange and scary times.

Meanwhile oligarchs and the rich get richer in certain countries.

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