Watch Minister David Mahlobo On SA Violence: SA Has A Violent History


State Security Minister David Mahlobo said the ceaseless violent protests embarked by South Africans could be linked to the country’s past.

The minister who was reacting to the incessant destruction of government properties through an increased violent protests could be as a result of the country’s past where people were listened to only when they protested.

Speaking on Tuesday while tabling his department’s budget for the year, David Mahlobo said the SA government would have to step up its efforts to stamp out vandalism, property destruction and deaths associated with diverse forms of protests.

“If we look back at the history of the struggle in this country, we can see that ours was a very violent one, where people found their voices through various forms of protests that ended with blood on the floor. It was the darkest period in the history of this country,” said Mahlobo.

“It can be argued that the violent nature of many protests in our country and the violent nature of certain crime categories in society reflect the old violence from which we come from as a nation,” the minister added, citing protests around service delivery, violent student protests, tumultuous strikes and those related to housing shortages and over the demarcation of municipalities.

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South Africa has continued to lose properties worth billions to series of violence which in some cases are termed unnecessary. Most of the properties that fall victim to these attacks include classrooms, buses and Metrorail.

Worst in a recent report is violent attacks on human lives, especially the young South African females.

According to Statistics SA, one in every five SA women experience physical violence, while four in every 10 divorced or separated women reported physical violence.

In its survey report released on Monday, statistic SA said that the report is one that not only challenges societal attitudes of patriarchy and chauvinism, but also the effectiveness of government programmes and interventions.

The police minister Fikile Mbalula who reacted to this growing type of violence in the country urged women not to stay in abusive relationships, the likes of  Karabo Mokoena whose lifeless body was discovered days after she was reported missing – and after she opened an assault case against her boyfriend to police.

“If a man is abusing you, stay away. Stay away from them because you will get a better one in the future. To stay with people who abuse you, at the end of the day we end up with the brutality like that and it is very painful. To see the beauty of that woman that has passed away [Mokoena], it only tarnishes the integrity of real men,” the minister reportedly said.

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Meanwhile, State Security Minister David Mahlobo has assured Parliament that the government is ready for any forms of protests by citizens, especially those conducted by students at universities.

He said the government had made provisions for all SA students and that President Jacob Zuma had issued an instruction that no deserving poor student should be left out.