It’s not my road!
Forgive the wretched of the earth for occasionally burning tyres on precious roads and trashing your CBD.
For the tens of thousands of Grahamstown’s residents with zero stake in this economy, rampaging through town as they burn effigies is a call of duty.
It’s especially goring for uneducated men over 18. Imagine he has lived on a child grant from Age 0; and he is suddenly cut off on his 18th birthday. Pray to tell please, what would has changed about a boy between 17 and 18?
Moreover, the postapartheid redress narrative tends to foreground women, meaning that a black South African man stands an almost zero chance of snaring a job from a competing female of similar qualifications ‒ as if apartheid gave black men any advantage over women.
No wonder these young men, despairing, emasculated, and excluded from all walks of normal South African society, are lashing out.
The service delivery protests are indeed tame compared to the violence these young men are capable of, as we all know.
This is not to excuse them; but to appeal to those with any sense to project how long the country is willing to wait before its sullen young men explode. It’s only a matter of time, you see.
•Simunderstands,(without condoning)thevirulent violenceinSouthAfrica.