Hagen Engler
3 minute read
18 Jul 2021
6:36 am

Violent protests: Don’t let this chance pass us by as well

Hagen Engler

The most surprising thing is that this week's chaos took so long to happen. Now we must do whatever is takes to ensure it never happens again.

Picture File: Pimville residents protest against looting outside Maponya Mall in Soweto on 14 July 2021. Most businesses have been looted and vandalised. Community members protected the mall overnight. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

Whatever you want to call it, it’s been coming. Whether an anti-poverty uprising, an insurrection, an attempted coup, it has been in the post since 2011 when we watched Tahrir Square and thought: “Angry people make things happen for themselves. How long before they do that here?” It has been coming as long as there have been service-delivery protests. Over 20, 25 years has it been? Since we have been unable to build houses that last and roads that cohere, and to deliver reliable water and electricity to our people in neighbourhoods that function close enough to cities with jobs...