Serve and Protect

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By Robson Melassi.

I note with sadness that ever since the constitution was adopted in May 2013, the police have routinely used violence to suppress peaceful demonstrations and have deployed outright violence to enforce absurd rules on the people, like what we recently witnessed in Harare between commuter omnibus operators and police, who reportedly stirred the tide of violence and vandalism in the capital. And the police’s brutal crack down on NUST students in Bulawayo.

Pressure groups cannot be absolved from direct or indirect responsibility of the violence either. To them, out breaks violence just happen to offer opportune moments for discussing various grievances with the relevant authorities.

During the Apartheid era in South Africa when the Umkhonto Wesizwe was mobilising black people to rise against the white regime, it taught people that for the system to be responsive to their needs, there was need to use violence in the form of burning and vandalising white people’s property such as their buildings, cars, libraries, including the burning of police stations.

That worked tremendously just like the American Black Panthers, with Tupac Shakur’s mother Afeni and his step father Motulu Shakur being amongst the leaders in the late 60s and the Weather underground used the same method…more than 20 years after South Africa’s independence the same comrades who once taught people about violence and vandalism as a form of recognition are now in power and their people are still using the same concept on them as well to get their attention.

This kind of behaviour is foreign to our nation and l’m sure we are borrowing it from our neighbours. It’s an effective and quick way to be heard and make an impact, but it leaves a lot of property damaged and vandalised.

This ED government is pushing people to rise, and once mass uprisings begin, then it’s like a veld fire you won’t control and contain it, with small things triggering such public and mass outrage, and the only way to deal with civilians would be to unleash the military on them, of which that would likely attract a lot of bad publicity…

#100 days of continuous suffering.

We are praying for peace and that we fight through the ballot.

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