Situation spiraling out of control in South Africa as supply chains collapse, unrest turns violent, claiming dozens of lives
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 by: JD Heyes
Tags: anarchy, Apartheid, chaos, civil war, Collapse, KwaZulu-NatalZulu-Natal, looting, mob violence, South Africa, unrest, violence
(Natural News) The world seemed a much quieter, calmer place when Donald Trump was president, highlighted by the fact that while there was still conflict, his administration managed to help historic enemies make peace — in the Balkans and in the restive Middle East.
As freedom protests erupt in Cuba and police there begin to clamp down in an effort to protect the ruling, tyrannical Communist regime, violence of a different sort is raging in South Africa, where race-related troubles have simmered and, at times boiled over, in recent years.
Notes The Epoch Times:
Authorities in South Africa said that rioting and looting continued on Tuesday, with the death toll rising to 32 as the military and police have struggled to deal with the violence across KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng provinces.
The violence appeared to have been sparked by former President Jacob Zuma’s arrest for being in contempt of court, starting with protests over the decision. That later turned into looting and rioting, as video footage showed agitators and rioters blocking traffic and setting vehicles and buildings on fire.
Not that the former white-dominated Apartheid government was a good thing, but South Africa was at least stable then — so much so that the government managed to develop a handful of nuclear weapons all on its own and without the world knowing it. The only reason it became known was because the outgoing Apartheid government acknowledged that it had such weapons and turned them over to be dismantled.
Post by schwartzie on Jul 14, 2021 17:15:55 GMT -5
South Africa: 72 Dead – Baby Thrown from Burning Mall as Food and Gas Run Out
By Richard Abelson
Published July 14, 2021 at 2:24pm
Photo credit: BBC
At least 72 people have been killed and 1,234 arrested in rioting and looting in South Africa, which started on the weekend in KwaZulu-Natal province and spread to Johannesburg, as Gateway Pundit reported.
Shocking video from a burning mall in Durban showed a woman throwing a baby to safety from the second floor to the ground below, where it was caught by a helpful crowd of onlookers. The child was unhurt, as BBC reported.
Opposition leaders questioned the government response, which had called up 70.000 soldiers to enforce COVID lockdowns, but only 2.500 largely ineffective troops to fight the largest insurrection in South Africa since the end of Apartheid 1994. Videos showed police letting looters escape or participating in looting themselves.
South Africa Plans to Deploy 25,000 Soldiers. SANDF Army to Quell Unrest After Day in Which Teen Died
By SAPeople -Jul 15, 2021
DURBAN, South Africa (Reuters) – South Africa plans to deploy up to 25,000 extra soldiers in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) where security forces are struggling to quell days of looting, arson and violence, its defence minister told a parliamentary committee on Wednesday, according to local news channel eNCA.
A military surge of that size would increase tenfold the number of soldiers deployed in the hot spots of those two provinces, where the police and army have been battling unrest for days.
“We have now submitted a request for deployment of (about) 25,000 members,” according to a video recording of Defence and Military Veterans’ Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula shown on eNCA.
(Natural News) The jailing of former South African president Jacob Zuma has led to widespread protests and civil unrest throughout that country, which is hitting sugar cane and citrus exports hard and creating food shortages.
Looters have been pillaging trucks carrying produce and other goods while cane trucks are being hijacked, mills threatened, and farms set ablaze by arsonists. The chaos is preventing food from getting to market as well as interfering with exports.
“Farmers have already had major losses because they cannot get their products to local markets and to shops,” says Christo van der Rheede, executive director of AgriSA, South Africa’s main agricultural body.
One AgriSA farmer has already reported losing more than $206 million worth of perishable produce that simply could not be transported to its destination. Many area sugar cane farms are also being destroyed by rioters.
“Around 300,000 tons of cane to date have been burnt,” says Thomas Funke, the chief executive of South African Canegrowers. “This is roughly R180 million (roughly $12.38 million) of grower revenue.”
Kwazulu-Natal, the main sugar-growing area of South Africa and one of the hardest-hit provinces in the country, saw all of its sugar mills closed after rioters began to destroy the means of production and transport, as well as the product itself.
Sugar producer Tongaat Hulett also reported that its mills and refinery have been closed due to the chaos, which has seen rioters clashing with police as they sow discord in the streets, loot shopping malls, and even kill people over Zuma’s jailing.
South Africa is the world’s second-largest exporter of citrus, and much of it can’t get to port
Citrus Growers Association chief executive Justin Chadwick told the media that citrus exports out of South Africa have had to be halted because the main arterial roads that the delivery trucks use to get products to port are now closed due to protests.
(Natural News) While we weren’t looking, South Africa, which has actually been teetering on the edge of unrest and instability for years now, has completely fallen over the edge and is now descending into the kind of chaos Americans experienced throughout 2020 in the form of riots and will experience again soon when patriots are pushed to the bring by the fascist Biden regime.
Following days of unrest and riots, South Africa’s largest oil refinery, which is responsible for producing more than one-third of the country’s fossil fuel energy needs, has shut down citing uncertainty and the country’s security apparatus being unable to keep the facility from being overrun.
Bloomberg News reports:
South Africa’s biggest oil refinery, a joint venture between Royal Dutch Shell Plc and BP Plc known as Sapref, shut down because of safety concerns and logistical issues.
The 180,000 barrel-a-day facility was closed “due to the ongoing civil unrest and disruption of delivery and supply routes in and out of the KwaZulu-Natal Province,” the company said in an emailed response to questions.
“This decision was taken after careful consideration of risks involved including the safety of our people,” the email continued, noting that the plant could not even be guaranteed a supply of oil to process.
The shutdown comes on the heels of other reports noting that the country’s largest food distribution warehouse, like so many businesses and malls, has also been looted and completely drained.
“VALUE TRUCKS National warehouse situated in KZN, the biggest food distribution centre in Africa and RSA is being looted to the bone by thousands of looters. This is the central nerve centre for bulk food distribution in KZN supplying Shoprite, Checkers, Woolworths, SPAR nd Game,” a local journalist reported via Twitter.
South African president decries violent ‘insurrection’ as death toll hits 212
Cyril Ramaphosa vows to find instigators of violence following jailing of his predecessor Jacob Zuma
17 July 2021, 6:27 pm
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Friday that those behind a week-long spree of violence and pillaging that has shocked South Africa sought a “popular insurrection,” as the unrest death toll reached 212.
Ramaphosa also acknowledged in a televised address that “we were poorly prepared” for the disorder, but vowed that “we will find those who have instigated this violence.”
“Those behind these acts have sought to provoke a popular insurrection amongst our people,” he said.
“We will spare no effort in bringing those individuals to justice.”
A minister in Ramaphosa’s office, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, had earlier told reporters the investigations “are at a very advanced stage.”