Finweek English Edition - - THE WEEK -

Apart from the fi­nan­cial im­pli­ca­tions of the de­struc­tion caused dur­ing the Tsh­wane ri­ots, the rul­ing party has yet again demon­strated its ap­par­ent in­abil­ity to deal with ex­plo­sive po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tions. Deputy pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa, who voiced con­cerns about the “trib­al­is­tic un­der­tones” char­ac­ter­is­ing the vi­o­lence – some pro­tes­tors ex­pressed their op­po­si­tion to Thoko Didiza as the ANC’s may­oral can­di­date be­cause “she is Zulu” – was quoted by BDLive as hav­ing said that there “has to be a very clear mes­sage … SA does not tol­er­ate vi­o­lence and we call on all our peo­ple of Tsh­wane to de­sist and find bet­ter ways”. How­ever, these “bet­ter ways” seem to be lack­ing for many, and in the months run­ning up to lo­cal elec­tions, we’re likely to see many more sim­i­lar in­ci­dents.

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