What is particularly difficult to stomach is how the ANC government stands by and allows the looting of shops and attacks on foreigners in Gauteng to escalate. With running battles and burning shops, our streets look more like the war zones we are used to reading of in far-off places.
We have a police force that is either totally incompetent or, worse, standing by complacently and watching the descent into lawlessness, only to drive to the scene once the smouldering shops are empty and bodies lie in the streets.
The government has failed to handle this situation on several levels. It failed to anticipate the attacks - a failure of the intelligence services - and it failed to react fast enough once the attacks started. Then the government’s International Relations Department failed to react to what quickly descended into a diplomatic disaster, threatening bilateral and regional agreements.
But our African neighbours have not been slow to react, Zambia withdrawing from a scheduled and highly anticipated match against Bafana Bafana, and condemnation of the violence coming from various other African countries.