Oct 3, 2022

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Delving for answers after the violence, plus 5 highlights from ‘Vrye Weekblad’

The frantic search for the organizers and masterminds behind the July 2021 orgy of violence has been in vain, writes Piet Croucamp in this week’s Vrye Weekblad. The explanation is more complex.

The intellectual reflexes of most analysts have been to look beneath the surface of events for the RET firebrands. However, a meaningful hypothesis about what happened in those dark days requires thorough research and probably a multidisciplinary investigation Destruction lives only in conspiracy views. I am not aware of any warlords, mischief-mongers, or gangsters in this country who have the clout or institutional capacity to put together such an absurd play. There are thousands of opportunists and political militants who would try to cash in on the chaos, but that doesn’t mean they initiated the project.

The violence, corruption and Crime in SA is fragmented and requires complex retrospective insights. Individual values ​​have moral codes that group behavior does not necessarily conform to. Another anomaly is that violence is sometimes a prerequisite for eventual stability.

In a violent democracy, state institutions themselves become implicated in inciting violence. Both national intelligence and the police can be associated with violence, corruption, and other activities that undermine the Constitution.

Most of us know that crime is the glue undermines our democracy, but I don’t understand the systemic nature of it. By this I am referring to the extent to which the system itself reproduces crime rather than being used for criminal purposes.

One example is the voting system, which exceeds the constitutional requirement of the statutory undermines control. This allows government registration and corruption. In the current electoral system, MPs are at the mercy of party leaders. In a manner of speaking, the dynamics of the system breed political resistance and reward political crime.

SA is blessed with excellent investigative journalists who have exposed state imprisonment and corruption. I remain optimistic. The pushback is inevitable: in time, perhaps a generation or two in the future, good will surface.

A Muslim drills boreholes and cleans up after the floods . A Christian opens a soup kitchen, a farmer repairs potholes, and a political party wins an election because of society’s resistance to corruption. Crime is finally under control and unemployment is a single number. At an illustrious event in the Union Buildings, the new President presents the Order of Peace Freedom to the elderly President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

The pendulum is swinging back to the center of lasting peace.< /span>

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THE OX, CHOPIN AND MY BEAUTIFUL DADDY | Recently tending imaginary cattle with her father, Anneliese Burgess realized that she needed to find words to express the overwhelming sadness (and moments of grace) when a loved one falls ill with dementia.< /p>

UKRAINE WAR | Max du Preez writes about the morale and cost of the war in Ukraine and the possibility of a peace deal.

< p THE WEEK IN POLITICS | The war against President Cyril Ramaphosa has escalated and will become savage in the coming months.

THE SVET LODGE PEOPLE | Katarina is of legal age in her mid-30s, a lecturer in interior design and a lover of eroticism, experiments and esotericism. Her skin is covered in ink symbols as if she has spent a few sweaty nights in an open Bhagavad Gita, possibly in the arms of a lover or lovers.

FREE TO READ — FROM BOURGEOIS TO GOLDEN EGGS | Artist Henk Serfontein gets off his high horse and to public transport, where his senses will be pampered. From a coughing chicken to Italian brogues and faded colonel glory, this is a wonderful read.