Comments on: Violence in South Africa: Audio slideshow http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2008/05/27/violence-in-south-africa-audio-slideshow/ What makes a great picture? Thu, 18 Aug 2016 11:13:37 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: jacques van niekerk http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2008/05/27/violence-in-south-africa-audio-slideshow/comment-page-1/#comment-336923 Wed, 26 Nov 2008 00:36:05 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photo/2008/05/27/violence-in-south-africa-audio-slideshow/#comment-336923 okay, so last time i checked, the goverment was elected by the people, so were is the milk and honey that was promised??? sorry, no sympathy here, deal with it, its what people voted for. just a shame so many good and hardworking black and white people have to suffer because of ignorant others

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By: Gottfried Mader http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2008/05/27/violence-in-south-africa-audio-slideshow/comment-page-1/#comment-335329 Wed, 18 Jun 2008 19:25:01 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photo/2008/05/27/violence-in-south-africa-audio-slideshow/#comment-335329 Why codemn this violence, violence is the heart of africa.

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By: Ayan http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2008/05/27/violence-in-south-africa-audio-slideshow/comment-page-1/#comment-335276 Sun, 15 Jun 2008 03:25:36 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photo/2008/05/27/violence-in-south-africa-audio-slideshow/#comment-335276 One party governments are ineffective all over the world. Why should South Africa be any different? Crime, power cuts, corruption, waste, inefficient government workers, weak AIDS policy, weakness with Mugabe and now racist riots. Its time for a real multi-party democracy to arrise in the Republic of South Africa.

The people of South Africa need to vote out the ANC in the next election and bring in the opposition for atleast one election cycle; teach the ANC a lesson.

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By: ndumiso http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2008/05/27/violence-in-south-africa-audio-slideshow/comment-page-1/#comment-335009 Tue, 03 Jun 2008 12:30:30 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photo/2008/05/27/violence-in-south-africa-audio-slideshow/#comment-335009 ATT: HONOURABLE MOBUTU SEIKO

“All white people shold leave Afrika”

WHAT YOU SAID SHOWS HOW LITTLE OR NO BRAIN YOU HAVE. IT SHOWS THAT UPSTAIRS YOU JUST NOT THINKING CLEARLY. WHY WOULD YOU WANT WHITES TO LEAVE AFRICA WHILE CONTINUING TO BLAME SA FOR BEATING THESE FIREGNERS, WHY DON’T YOU FOLLOW WHAT YOU PREACH THEN BY LOOKING ON AS SOUTH AFRICANS BEAT THE BLACKS OUT. AREN’T WHITES HUMAN BEINGS LIKE TO WARRANT YOU CALLING THEM TO LEAVE AFRICA WHILE ON THE OTHER HAND YOU SAY WE MUST NOT CHASE BLACK FOREIGNERS IN OUR COUNTRY. OR MAYBE YOU SAY WHITES SHOULD LEAVE ANIMALS LIKE YOU FIGHT EAH OTHER?

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By: Barry http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2008/05/27/violence-in-south-africa-audio-slideshow/comment-page-1/#comment-334996 Mon, 02 Jun 2008 21:41:15 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photo/2008/05/27/violence-in-south-africa-audio-slideshow/#comment-334996 I lived in South Africa for 25 years. From 1971 to 1996. Yes I ran away because I could see what would happen, it was expected, as obviously if your rights are taken away from you and the after International intervenion you are given rights, things will change. We decided to put our tail between our legs and run while the going was good. Yes we were there for the elections and stood for hours in the que to vote back then. But what still astounds us is that that the New South Africans back then thought that the day after the Election that the coutry would be different and that all the so called luxuries that we had would just fall out of the sky and they would live happily ever after. But they are now starting to realise that it does not matter who is in charge of the country, the people at the top are there to line there own pockets and do not given a dam about the working person who put them there to represent them. Yes I do in away feel sorry for those who are being victimised, but hey we were victimised aswell. That is why we left, because we knew that the Rainbow Nation would not be the land of milk and honey ever again. We returned to SA in 2000 to see if we had made the right decision and believe me we were not 10 k’s for the airport when my wife, (who is a born South African) asked when can we go home. The young South African’s have to realise that they have to accept other people from other countries as other countries have accepted them. The question I would like someone there to answer. Why ar you called the rainbow nation, Show me a country in the world that does not have a mixed culture, it is about time you lot woke up and started living like civilised people and regards to an earlier comment from Mwana Wevhu regarding education. My parents worked hard and paid taxes all there life while there and out of that money they build schools which were burnt to the ground and so blew there oppertunity to learn and be educated. NO I DO NOT FEEL FOR THE SOUTH AFRICANS. They have voted for what they wanted and now must face the consiquenses. I just hope they do as I still have family there, who refuse to leave because they love the place and are willing to fight for what the have earned.

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By: Lucky Tshuma http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2008/05/27/violence-in-south-africa-audio-slideshow/comment-page-1/#comment-334988 Mon, 02 Jun 2008 15:59:54 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photo/2008/05/27/violence-in-south-africa-audio-slideshow/#comment-334988 Eish your pix Bro i hope they would show those who subscribe to xenophobia that akusizi why hatred to another black brother.

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By: Mark Oloo, Kenya http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2008/05/27/violence-in-south-africa-audio-slideshow/comment-page-1/#comment-334987 Mon, 02 Jun 2008 15:32:16 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photo/2008/05/27/violence-in-south-africa-audio-slideshow/#comment-334987 The orgy of violence witnessed in South Africa against foreigners leaves mouths agape. My position is that such an occurance must be investigated, with the vigour it deserves. Who knows, it could be the beginning of a major strife!!!.

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By: Chris http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2008/05/27/violence-in-south-africa-audio-slideshow/comment-page-1/#comment-334977 Mon, 02 Jun 2008 04:49:24 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photo/2008/05/27/violence-in-south-africa-audio-slideshow/#comment-334977 Great report and slideshow.
I really hope news agencies like Reuters keep on top of this story. I suspect that had there not been tragedies in Burma and China, that this horrendous violence in South Africa would have remained front page news for a lot longer than it did.
The story is far from over though. There are thousands of refugees in camps all over South Africa. The various levels of government have all been slow to react, and conditions in many of the camps are abysmal. The refugees in many camps are asking for UN assistance – a plea that so far the SA governments have rejected – as they believe the conditions are so bad that disease and death are serious risks.
As if the violence wasn’t bad enough, it now appears that the governments’ lack of action is going to put a lot more lives at risk, and perhaps worsen the xenophobia.
As a white foreigner living in South Africa, I am totally appalled at the weak response from city, provinical and the national governments. Their callous lack of meaningful response suggests that they don’t care much or that this is life as usual in another pitiful African nation. Their inaction and apparent desire to shirk any responsibility speaks volumes about the state of this nation. It’s seems South African leadership has taken the more expedient route to blame “third forces”, use the situation for political ends and dodge any responsibility rather than stand up, lead and take action to help these people.
The lack of government relief action has created a vacuum that is being filled by NGOs, churches and individuals, but the governments’ lack of moral leadership is sewing the seeds for this to occur again, soon.
The refugees in the camps are becoming increasingly resentful of the lack of government support and are now pleading for the UN to intervene in the relief efforts as they have no confidence in government and further believe that conditions in the camps are already deteriorating to the point where disease and death are serious short-term risks.

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By: Micha S http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2008/05/27/violence-in-south-africa-audio-slideshow/comment-page-1/#comment-334974 Sun, 01 Jun 2008 17:31:34 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photo/2008/05/27/violence-in-south-africa-audio-slideshow/#comment-334974 I Might Not Be A South African.
I Might Not Be A South African..
I might not be a South African

But I’m black, my skin is the same as yours
My colour is the same as yours
My genes are African, nothing but African
When your leaders were beaten by whites
I was there to shelter them
I was patient with them
I offered them food, shelter,
Most of all, I offered them protection

I might be a South African

I can’t speak Zulu, cause I’m Vhenda
I can’t speak Zulu, cause I’m Shangaan
I don’t know what an elbow is in Zulu
As much as you don’t know it in my language
Since when was Zulu the only South African language?
Yes……………I’m not from Gauteng
I was not born here, but I’m South African
Where should I go if you beat me
I’m not beating your father, mother, brother or sister who works at my area in the mines
I’m not calling them makwerekwere though they can’t speak my language.

I might be dark in complexion

I might have the foreigners looks
I might have the foreigners body structure
Now I am scared to go to the only place that I call home
I’m scared of working down the street without my ID
Whites wanted me to do that centuries ago
Now you, my black brother is acting white

Why should you Black South Africans do this?

What makes you think that you better than me?
Who told you that I’m responsible for your unemployment?
Who told you that I’m less human
If I need to go back to Vhenda……..let all the Zulus go back to KZN
Let all the Tswana’s go back to Botswana
Let all the Sotho’s go back to Lesotho
Let all the Ndebele’s go back to Kwandebele
Let all the Xhosa’s go back to Eastern Cape
Yes…………let all the Swati’s go back to Swaziland

Is this not ignorance?

Your unemployment is your responsibility
Use your intellect
Get up and work
Let education empower you
Seek humanity

Before 1994 you blamed whites
Now you are blaming me
Who are you going to blame after chasing me away?
Who are you going to blame after killing me?

For what it’s worth…………………..

I’m sorry I was not born here
I’m sorry I can’t speak Zulu
I’m sorry for being too dark for your Joburg
I’m sorry for cleaning the toilets you don’t want to clean
I’m sorry for doing your garden
I’m sorry for repairing your shoes
I’m sorry for protecting your leaders while they were in Exile
Yes…………………what you call Exile………..is my country

And most of all…….I’m sorry for building South African infrastructure

Please my brothers let there be peace and prosperity amongst black African people.

Written by a Teary Black African ……

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By: Slowriver http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2008/05/27/violence-in-south-africa-audio-slideshow/comment-page-1/#comment-334967 Sat, 31 May 2008 14:33:39 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photo/2008/05/27/violence-in-south-africa-audio-slideshow/#comment-334967 Black South African leadership is to blame because they have failed to deliver their promises to their people :they are instead busy getting rich and wasting their time in court for sex scandals.
In the other hand, I have heard numerous stories of those ghetto youth giving easy excuses for their lack of ambition and willingness. There are opportunities for education and empowerment as nowhere else in Africa. Foreigners are more intelligent than them.
Why young black South Africans can’t follow the example of the Somali shopkeepersfor instance who have started their businessess from scratch.

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