Brendan Seery
Deputy Editor
3 minute read
19 Jul 2021
5:20 am

‘Lawless people surely forfeit their rights as citizens’

Brendan Seery

ANC will do anything to avoid looking like the governments of the apartheid era. Why they seldom take action against violent protesters

Looting at Mayfield Square in Daveyton, Ekurhuleni on 13 July 2021. Picture: Neil McCartney

In the ’90s, as SA stood at the crossroads which would eventually lead to democracy, I interviewed General Tienie Groenewald, who, after retiring from the military, became a leading figure in rightwing politics. He recalled that, as a newly qualified jet pilot in the SA Air Force in March 1960, he sat on standby in the cockpit of a Vampire fighter-bomber at Ysterplaat airbase in Cape Town; awaiting the order to scramble for a possible strike into the townships of Nyanga or Gugulethu, which were being torn apart by rioting in the wake of the Sharpeville massacre. Fortunately, it never...