A cat with many tails

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A cat with many tails
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Metrospoor confirmed that about 66 train carriages were already burned or destroyed since March 2017 – the latest incident was the burning of train carriages in Langa near Cape Town and in Stellenbosch. The United National Transport Union says severe action should be taken against people who destroy public transport infrastructure.

But this habit is much more than just a habit. It is a cat with many nasty tails.

In the first place it has become common to destroy things for the slightest reasons. And in most cases, totally unrelated to each other. Two or three people might be unhappy about service delivery in the street where they live, or about a road that is not maintained, so they gather a gang of hoodlums and burn a train or a school out of protest. There is not the slightest concern about the effect of the action on their own lives and on those of the people around them. In fact, there is no concept that unemployment, or the raping of children, or the late payment of social benefits has nothing to do with the public transport provider of the Department of Education.

The second fascinating thing about this habit is the fact that matters such as “White Monopoly Capital” and white dominance of land ownership etc is always blamed. But very few white commuters make use of the trains. I fail to understand the logic behind burning the train you use yourself to prove a point to someone who doesn’t use the train at all anyway???

Thirdly, the inability (or maybe the unwillingness) of government and the police to prosecute people who destroy public facilities, turned this habit into an everyday occurrence now. I’ve got a toothache today, there is a long queue at the clinic waiting. This is the fault of the Health Department, let’s burn a library or loot the nearest Shoprite. Nothing will happen anyway.

Equally awkward, in the fourth place, is the fact that the looters and burners cannot grasp the concept of the interrelation between sympathy and respect. They want sympathy and understanding for their cause, but they approach it with disrespect towards public and private property. This concept is easy to understand. If you don’t have a house and you are cold because you have to sleep under a bridge, what on earth makes you think that you will gain sympathy with me when you burn down my house to raise awareness? And in this lies the failure of black South Africa to gain sympathy and understanding from white South Africa. Black South Africa believes that they are entitled to sympathy and respect. It is owed to them and if it isn’t given, then something is burned. Which leads to quite the opposite of the expected response. Even less sympathy, even less respect. This is what “moral high ground” means.

Lastly comes one of the most important aspects around the issue of looting and burning and destroying train carriages and buildings and houses and everything else that can burn: who REALLY benefits from it? And now one might ask: Does this not explain why they get away with it? Because every train carriage that is burned, must be replaced. And someone has a government contract to replace them. Now we know how government contracts are awarded in South Africa. With a bit of reasoning one might get to a conclusion who actually benefits by the burning of train carriages and other property, for surely, someone is making a pretty penny or more out of this habit.

Read the original article by Daniel Lötter on Front Nasionaal SA – blad

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