Brian Sokutu
Senior Print Journalist
3 minute read
23 Jun 2022
5:00 am

Government inaction, violent protests aimed at inaction will be the end of SA

Brian Sokutu

Ministers are too guarded in their response to real problems and protests, in case they are seen to be ‘supporting xenophobia’.

Firefighters try to extinguish a burning truck after it was burnt and looted during protests on 11 July 2021 in Durban. Picture: Gallo Images/Volksblad/Mlungisi Louw

For those of us who prefer to use public transport to go to work – a saviour amid soaring petrol prices – Monday went down as a rude awakening. The blockade of major roads in Soweto by protesting members of the community saw the popular Rea Vaya service halted and buses stopped from operating. Using boulders to barricade some Rea Vaya main bus routes in Pimville, Orlando, Jabavu and Jabulani, residents rendered streets impassable, much to the annoyance of taxi drivers and commuters heading to work. The Soweto blockade also had an impact for people using Gautrain. If you had...