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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
AGE OF ANARCHY
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.
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.