William Saunderson-Meyer
3 minute read
24 Jul 2021
7:30 am

Violent protests: You’re on your own, baby!

William Saunderson-Meyer

The real heroes, though, were a patchily armed citizenry. Contrary to the lurid warnings of many, the militias appear to have been generally well disciplined and restrained.

Rioting looters can be seen in Alexandria township in Johannesburg during the day's protests accross Gauteng, 12 July 2021, Johannesburg. Picture: Jacques Nelles

The unrest has been like a flash flood scouring a mountain. It has opened deep crevasses in some places and at others, uncovered the occasional granite outcrop. The first lesson that we all need to take is one of life and death. These events are a stark reminder that in terms of the physical safety of you and your loved ones, as well as the preservation of your property and tools to earn a living, you are entirely on your own. When confronted, government rolled over and played dead. In several KwaZulu-Natal towns, the SA Police Service barricaded themselves in...