I wonder how many people would agree or not?
By Gareth Cliff:
Between a rock and a hard place….
Thabo Mbeki was right: There really are two South Africas. Most people jump to the conclusion that we’re a nation divided along racial lines.
Others think it’s about the haves and the have-nots.
The events of the past few days have made it abundantly clear that the real divide is between those who want law and order; and those who see the law only as a means to make themselves more powerful.
Those are the two South Africas.
Before you read any further, let’s take a moment to appreciate context and perspective, because nothing happens in isolation: We have been living on a powder-keg of unsustainable, teetering and disdainful politics since about 2009 (the seeds of which were germinating in the ugly part of our pre-1994 history). While Jacob Zuma was a big part of the overall toxic mixture, he was not the only reason we have found ourselves in this situation. A combination of the ANC’s inability to bring itself to order; the constant public narratives used to divide us; an economy that has been mismanaged in a destructive alliance between unions, the ruling party and crony corporations; and ultimately a devastating and unpredictable pandemic have created a perfect storm that just needed an excuse to break.
Let’s be very clear: what we’re experiencing isn’t about Jacob Zuma, inequality and poverty, or a lack of vaccines. While those things may have contributed to the overall power vacuum, they’re symptoms, not causes. That all of this started in KwaZulu-Natal isn’t a surprise either: weak political leadership, confusion in the Zulu royal family and an overpopulated province of young people with no reason to wake up every day, no sense of purpose or hope, this was inevitable.
We’re witnessing the final unravelling of the ANC, and especially the elite criminal coterie who have been manipulating the institutions and authority of government for their own purposes for at least the last decade. Their reluctance to act against each other, abide by the law or do what is good for South Africa is a can that was kicked down the road until they ran out of road. Unimpressive and incoherent fools, promoted far beyond their competence in a system that rewarded greed, party loyalty and failed ideology have brought them to a breaking point. That’s what ultimately precipitated this orgy of looting, criminality, violence and stupidity. That has been predicted by much smarter people than me for much longer.
So if you stop reading here, you’ll probably wish you hadn’t read any of this at all – but fortunately that isn’t all.
The heartening and hopeful evidence of good people standing together, taking up arms and looking to protect each other from criminals and scum is everywhere. I saw a group of old and young; rich and poor; black, white and Indian neighbours on the news last night, determined to look after the suburb of Montclair in Durban. Their eyes betrayed not a spark of fear, but a resourceful, determined and strong sense of community – in the best sense of that word. Those men had something powerful to fight for, and they weren’t in it to steal a TV.
We’ve always had poor people in this country (sadly, far too many) who battle through every day – and none of them partake in arson and theft, even if they’re desperate. There’s a moral majority of granny-headed, religious and decent rural families who have as much disdain for the carnage they see as any angry taxpayer does. Together, they’ve watched crooks plunder the land Mandela promised them. Today, they stand united against the mob.
The great divide in South Africa is and will continue to be between those who want a future for themselves and their children, who believe we are a civilised people with enormous potential – and those who have given in to the chaos of destruction, hopelessness and self-loathing. On the one hand we have the steely resolve of the better part of our nature, and on the other the vacant yellow eyes of opportunists and monsters. The real looting (of some R500-billion or more) has already taken place. Those who took it are now deploying their vassals and playing the only card they have left.
It’s time you asked yourself which South Africa you want to be a part of, and what we need to clear out of the way in order to share our place in the sun. It’s always darkest before the dawn.
Anti gun tirade.
One of the favored arguments of those opposed to private ownership of firearms is that guns kill people. However, while it is true that firearms were originally developed as a weapon of war, this argument ignores the fact is that firearms are inanimate objects that are simply not capable of taking action on their own.
Therefore, they require a conscious human operator with a clear objective in order to fire a projectile. Consequently, the truth is that it is not the firearm that kills people but, instead, the human operator who makes a conscious decision to take a life. The firearm is merely a tool to that end
So if the above is true, why do we have lawmakers and anti gun lobbies trying their best to ban guns? Or trying to make it practically impossible to get one.
We already have character checks, criminal record checks, competency checks in place to try weed out those who may inclined to violence or have some mental disorder that makes them unstable to actually handling a firearm.
When we were immature young boys leaving school, with tons of testosterone flowing through our bloodstreams, we were good enough to be armed with an assault rifle, handgun and hand grenades by the government. We were deemed good enough to go to war with the weapons provided and were hailed as heroes if we killed the enemies of the state. Those that didn’t shoot faster or more accurately than the people shooting at them, died. Survival was as simple as that
Now we have the government trying to say that we no longer have a right to protect ourselves or those around us by owning a firearm for self defence. It would seem that the government thinks that criminals are now going to throw their firearms into the sea,rivers or dams because the rest of the population has had to surrender their firearms? I seriously dont think so!
If ones looks at what the government proposes to do by saying that “self defense” is no longer a reason for owning a firearm, and that your current license is only valid for a couple of years, then you would not be in a position to reapply to renew your firearm license. Then you are illegally in possession of a firearm and would forfeit it to the state. You would also not be compensated for your previously legal firearm.
The government managed to disarm all the commandos as well as all police reservist without too much trouble. This has now created a veritable open season for criminals in areas where people are no longer protected. And the police have admitted that they are not in a position to stop crime, but can only react to crimes already committed. Plus the majority of armed police actually failed their competency tests for using a firearm!
If the proposed bill does go through, then the police and Gun Free South Africa who are pushing for the stringent new laws must also accept that the police and all the security companies that carry firearms aren’t doing it for self defense. They would be carrying firearms to attack defenseless people with impunity.
I dont know what form or shape house invasions, home break-ins, home robberies, or whatever you call them, take in the area you live.
But here in South Africa we no longer have the miscreants waiting until you leave your residence before they break in. They now wait until you are home before breaking in.
Most of the time the robbery is accompanied by extreme violence against the family living in the house.
Now the ANC government here in South Africa wants to take away “self defence” as a reason to own a firearm. So can we now expect more break-ins when the population cannot defend itself?
Yesterday I accompanied my wife to the Watloo Licensing office in Pretoria.
Generally speaking the queues outside the building were keeping their social distancing and keeping their masks on in the correct manner. There are still those few who have their masks pulled down to below their noses as if viruses only get to your lungs through your mouth.
Personally I can’t forget that somebody told me it reminds them of a little boy who has pulled his underpants down and his little willy is hanging over his underpants 🙂
But that was just by the way
While I was there I had to stay outside the building due to Covid19 restrictions. I then took an amble to just have a look at the state of the property compared to what it was like when I last visited some years back.
The first thing I noticed was that the bathrooms for wheelchair access was locked. On enquiring as to where the key might be I was informed that it wasn’t available, and that nobody had asked to use the bathroom for a long time.
Now I might be mistaken but I thought all government or municipal facilities are supposed to have bathrooms easily accessible, to all people who have physical constraints?
Continuing round the building I noticed that all the CCTV cameras where either pointing straight up or down. Not one was even remotely pointing at an area of potential threat. Then I saw this one camera that wasps had built their nest on.
I was wondering if the security even know that their cameras aren’t working. Or are they sitting watching how the wasps are building their nests?
Apparently the staff inside the building are quite polite and helpful so that is a major plus in a country that doesn’t rate very high in these departments.
George Washington grew up in a time when most of the citizens went about armed and the country was still changing. What he said is such a basic truth that all governments around the world should take notice of it.
For some time now the gun owners in South Africa have had this feeling that the government doesn’t want any private individuals to own any firearms.
The excuse given by the police is that they want to reduce the number of illegal firearms in the hands of criminals. Yesterday Beke Cele open his mouth long enough to change feet, and he suddenly said that the new law that self defense would no longer be a valid reason when applying for a firearm license, WAS TO REDUCE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND TO KEEP FAMILIES SAFE!
Now I ask with tears in my eyes, how is it that the reasons for trying to disarm citizens here in South Africa keeps changing and is not consistent? Is Cele actually scraping the barrel for what he thinks are valid reasons to make it impossible for people to obtain firearms?
I can actually prove to the minister of police that the majority of shootings during domestic violence is caused by off duty policemen using their service pistols! Now why doesn’t he focus on sorting out the problems with his department first?
The gangster trouble in the Cape Flats where firearms play a major part, is laid squarely at the door of the police. Thousands of firearms that were handed into the police and were SUPPOSED to be destroyed, suddenly ended up in being given to gang members.
Deaths of gang members being killed with these firearms are included in the statistics issued of the number if people murdered by firearms. Sadly nobody reports on the number of firearm owners that possess firearms for self defence and DIDN’T use them at all.
He said: “he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one”. (Luke 22:36) …
Since way back it has been a right to obtain a weapon with which to defend yourself.
It was in the news a short while ago, albeit on a very low key. So many people missed the article.
Now it has once again surfaced with additional information which means that more focus is now being given to the case of the dirty diplomat.
It seems that David Kweti Nkosi who represents South Africa as a diplomat, is leaving a trail of filthy, damaged rental premises behind him.
Previously he was stationed in New Deli where the costs of repairs and cleaning the unit he and his family stayed in, came to R53 612,20. The government paid the bill for the damage (with tax payers money) but this has not been repaid by Nkosi as yet.
Now Nkosi and family have outdone themselves. While staying in Vienna it seems that the cleaning of the rental flat they were staying in amounts to R714 000,00!
Now my question is, is this the caliber person we have representing South Africa? Why was no investigation done immediately after the New Deli damage was reported, and why wasn’t he recalled?
Now after the damages were reported to the flat in Vienna there should be big red warning lights going off that Nkosi isnt fit to hold any diplomatic position.
Once upon a time it was frowned on if any member of an embassy even got a parking ticket. If you did anything that would reflect badly on the South African government, or people, your career in foreign countries quickly came to an end.
Now I’m hoping that minister Naledi Pandor will do her job properly and ensure that Nkosi is recalled and never given a post outside of South Africa again. Our reputation overseas is already so besmirched that we dont our diplomats having no respect for other people’s properties.
According to the statistics for the year 2019 supplied by the South African police, there were 21,325 murder victims of which 49 were white farmers. Now for a small country like our those figures are horrific. This does not include violent assaults, torture or rapes. Only murders.
So if the government takes away self defense as a reason to obtain and own a firearm, what will our figures escalate to?
The current process for obtaining a firearm license is nearly as bad as applying for a security clearance to work for the government. Only problems is the police dont have sufficient trained staff to process the applications and do the required checks that they put into law.