The freight industry strike that started yesterday saw truck drivers take the streets, with the (usual) airing of grievances through initimidation, violence and vandalism
The scenes on Joburg's streets probably got the dinner table discussions quite heated, with debates about whether South Africa was headed for doom...with the standard arm chair analysis...
'South Africa is the next Zimbabwe'
The images of violence on Joburg's streets got me thinking about other, similar, images
The events of the past several weeks have presented the world with remarkable images.
Many of them, scary
After all, Egypt is an Arab country
An African country
Some argue that Egypt is not a civilised, westernised, country
Backward Egypt is no civilised Europe
Egypt is going to the dogs
In October 2010, France was gripped by terror.
This terror initiated was initiated by protestors who opposed the increase of the retirement age from 60 to 62
City centres bacame war-zones. There were violent clashes between protestors and police. Many people were injured.
Shops were looted.
Property was destroyed
The rule of law.....non-existent
This kind of behaviour was not expected. France is a westernised, developed country, and thriving democracy
The violence and destruction was an anomoly, wasn't it?
Surely this is not the behaviour of civilised Europeans
France is doomed
In November 2010, university students in the UK took to the streets to protests increased tuition fees.
The authorities struggled to control the crowds.
The protests turned violent. Public and private property was vandalised and destroyed.
Police men and women were attacked
Scores were arrested.
The images were disturbing
Surely the people in that country must feel ashamed? I doubt they can explain away their behaviour, considering the UK is a civilised, a westernised, and above all, a moral society
How could things have gone so wrong?
Clearly, the UK has no future
The year ended a little quieter in that part of the world. But, still a little disturbing
In late December 2010, thousands of homes in Northen Ireland had no water supply. Around 40,000 people were left 'water-less' after pipes burst during the freezing weather
People had to collect water from distribution centres, with limits on how many litres each citizen could take