SA’s rot starts at the very top

Samwu's Pikitup affiliated workers engage in an illegal strike in JHB's CBD | Photo - Tracy Lee Stark

Samwu's Pikitup affiliated workers engage in an illegal strike in JHB's CBD | Photo - Tracy Lee Stark

South Africa is facing a serious moral dilemma, as evidenced by the widespread lawlessness and violence in the country.

On Monday, a lecture theatre at Wits University in Johannesburg was torched by students protesting over fees and the alleged deregistration of 500 students. Scenes of chaos like this are a daily occurrence in many communities across the country. Virtually all student protests at the country’s institutions of higher learning have been characterised by violence and destruction of property.

The ongoing Pikitup strike is another indicator of total disrespect for the law. Workers belonging to the SA Municipal Workers Union have intimidated and assaulted contract staff hired by the municipality to remove refuse.

Striking workers have also emptied rubbish bins on the streets of Joburg – a criminal act that poses a health hazard to residents. One of the main reasons the country is battling moral decay is the absence of principled leaders. This is the price the country is paying for being led by flawed individuals with no regard for the laws of the land.

 

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