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    Looks like things could spiral out of control down there as Black people who never got a taste of the good life they were promised Post apartheid take matters into their own hands....

    Zuma needs to get his act together here

    - and on these people he can't use his machine gun!

    SA township protests spread - The Irish Times - Wed, Jul 22, 2009

    Violent protests in South African townships spread today, piling pressure on President Jacob Zuma to deliver on government promises of help for the poor three months after elections.

    Protesters hurled stones at police, who responded with teargas and rubber bullets, after thousands marched through South Africa's Thokoza township today over poor services and unemployment.

    The unrest, with scenes reminiscent of violence against foreigners last year that killed 62 people, also undermines South Africa's hope of showing a positive image with less than a year to go before the World Cup finals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catalpa View Post
    Looks like things could spiral out of control down there as Black people who never got a taste of the good life they were promised Post apartheid take matters into their own hands....

    Zuma needs to get his act together here

    - and on these people he can't use his machine gun!

    SA township protests spread - The Irish Times - Wed, Jul 22, 2009

    Violent protests in South African townships spread today, piling pressure on President Jacob Zuma to deliver on government promises of help for the poor three months after elections.

    Protesters hurled stones at police, who responded with teargas and rubber bullets, after thousands marched through South Africa's Thokoza township today over poor services and unemployment.

    The unrest, with scenes reminiscent of violence against foreigners last year that killed 62 people, also undermines South Africa's hope of showing a positive image with less than a year to go before the World Cup finals.

    Well I am sure you will welcome them as asylum seekers in Dublin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiernanator View Post
    Well I am sure you will welcome them as asylum seekers in Dublin.
    Yes, the nearest place of refuge would be Dublin of course.

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    Yes, the nearest place of refuge would be Dublin of course.
    Nigeria is pretty far away too...

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    Documentary on BBC last night presented by Peter Hain. The real issue is that it appears that SA is another Zimbabwe in waiting. Download expat shield to watch it.
    BBC iPlayer - This World: South Africa: The Massacre that Changed a Nation

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    Quote Originally Posted by gijoe View Post
    Documentary on BBC last night presented by Peter Hain. The real issue is that it appears that SA is another Zimbabwe in waiting. Download expat shield to watch it.
    BBC iPlayer - This World: South Africa: The Massacre that Changed a Nation
    This isn't surprising. People have been saying it's a disaster waiting to happen for years and the process has already begun. The critical moment will be when Mandela passes away. There's simply nothing there for the young people. All the spoils of the war against the old reign went to the older generation and they didn't have the capabilities to run a country. The only viable opposition is seen as the white peoples party so no one will vote for them. Any opposition to the ANC is crushed by the ANCYL on the streets. The blacks hate eachother (same as in Zim), they all hate the whites. The place is a pressure cooker.
    What have British in Ireland contributed to Ireland? Nothing of the scale that the Irish have contributed to Britain. - Runswithwind.

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    Only a matter of time tbh. Place is a bloody mess.

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    Rhodesia was the bread basket of Africa. Mugabe destroyed it. South Africa was a leading country. Look where it is now. Sad. People it seems need to be careful what they wish for. Too much 'democracy' may not be the best for the people as a whole.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Auld Cynic View Post
    Rhodesia was the bread basket of Africa. Mugabe destroyed it. South Africa was a leading country. Look where it is now. Sad. People it seems need to be careful what they wish for. Too much 'democracy' may not be the best for the people as a whole.
    Have to agree about the democracy bit, look what it did for us, Bertie's social partnership focus group and voodoo economics ever decreasing income tax rates, more and more exempt from paying any income tax, while simultaneous benchmarking for PS, increasing SW and extended rights \ benefits, and we bought it not once but 3 times till the bubble burst!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silentmajority View Post
    Have to agree about the democracy bit, look what it did for us, Bertie's social partnership focus group and voodoo economics ever decreasing income tax rates, more and more exempt from paying any income tax, while simultaneous benchmarking for PS, increasing SW and extended rights \ benefits, and we bought it not once but 3 times till the bubble burst!
    I grew up favouring democracy at every turn but the older I get the more I am questioning the wisdom of it given the results too much diversity in voter motivations throws up.

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