National Assembly Cape Town: Thursday, 01 September 2011
Recently, striking workers trashed our
streets, looted businesses and pelted our police with missiles.
Earlier this week, demonstrators in Johannesburg again caused an
estimated R30 million damage. The reported damage to South
Africa's reputation is an estimated R2 million in negative
The vandalism and intimidation, which has
become part of every strike and demonstration, is cause for
serious concern. Unions are denying responsibility, saying that
their members are not responsible, and those who called for
support this week are also denying responsibility.
South Africa is in the news for all the wrong
reasons. We appear to be showing the world that we are a country
of violence and ill-discipline, that our people have no respect
for our police or those in authority.
Instead, South Africa needs to build
confidence. We need to show the world that we are not a country
tourists should not visit because we have mayhem on our streets.
We need to show the world that we are a country full of
possibilities, not disrespect.
We need to show the world that we have some of the most
spectacular scenery in the world and our country is filled with
warm, wonderful people.
Let us all stand together to condemn all of
these wanton, needless acts of violence on our streets.
I thank you.
Contact: Mr Koos van der Merwe MP, IFP Chief
Whip, 082 444 4944.