We Must Condemn Acts Of Violence On Our Streets
by Mr JH van der Merwe MP
IFP Chief Whip



National Assembly Cape Town: Thursday, 01 September 2011



Honourable Speaker:


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 publicity.


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.