Hein Kaiser
Journalist
2 minute read
14 Jul 2021
4:10 am

SA on ‘brink of civil war’ if riots not quelled effectively

Hein Kaiser

A shopkeeper, who did not want to be named for fear of retribution, lost his livelihood this past weekend when his retail store was looted and torched.

Arrested looters at Mayfield Square in Daveyton, 13 July 2021 Police were extremely over extended and arrested a large number of looters, but they simply couldn't cope with the sheer numbers. Picture: Neil McCartney

South Africa has not been this close to civil war since the early ’90s and it is the first time since PW Botha’s Total Onslaught and state of emergency that the military been called in to crack the whip of public order. And three decades ago, the only time shopping malls closed was when they were bombed. But by Monday afternoon, centres and malls had shut one after the other as a precautionary measure after widespread thuggery replaced rational protest and responsible citizenry. If the military cannot contain the spread of this social infection, President Cyril Ramaphosa may have no...