Frightening riots in South Africa show exactly why America’s Second Amendment is critical

After former South African President Jacob Zuma was arrested last week on contempt of court charges, the nation began a rapid descent into riots, looting, and shootings that have resulted in at least 32 dead and some of the worst violence in that nation’s history.

The chaos is very reminiscent of the riots after George Floyd died in the U.S., with fires being set and roads being blocked. Rampant looting is taking place all over the country and citizens are reportedly arming up in self-defense and to scare off rioters in the streets of South Africa. The situation is spiraling out of control and is rapidly deteriorating, as the Associated Press reported. It is a stark reminder of why the Second Amendment is so vital to the freedom and security of Americans as well.

Many residents are reportedly remaining barricaded in their homes. Some have formed what local media are calling “defense squads” to protect their neighborhoods and businesses as looting and burning continue. The people are now in survival mode.

President Cyril Ramaphosa gave a sober address on Monday night, vowing that the police and the army would restore order. He called for all South Africans to work together for peace, according to the AP. So far, that does not seem to be working. The South African National Defence Force has reportedly deployed 2,500 soldiers to assist the police. Over 800 people have been arrested so far.

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Ramaphosa also noted that the “violence may indeed have its roots in the pronouncements and activities of individuals with a political purpose, and in expressions of frustration and anger … However, what we are witnessing now are opportunistic acts of criminality, with groups of people instigating chaos merely as a cover for looting and theft.”

“This moment has thrown into stark relief what we already knew: that the level of unemployment, poverty, and inequality in our society is unsustainable,” Ramaphosa declared. “We cannot expect a lasting and durable peace if we do not create jobs and build a more just and equitable society in which all South Africans can participate freely and equally.”

Zuma started serving a 15-month sentence for contempt of court last week. He brazenly defied a court order to testify before a state-backed inquiry that was investigating allegations of corruption during his term as president from 2009 to 2018. His imprisonment was evidently an excuse for lawlessness to erupt.

Across the country, malls and retail outlets were trashed and looted. Frustrated armed police were far outnumbered and basically just watched the crimes take place. Appliances, TVs, food, and clothing were hauled off with no pushback whatsoever, as seen in footage in multiple videos. Malls were set on fire as items were loaded onto trucks, dollies, and tractors.

“Yesterday’s events brought a lot of sadness. The number of people who have died in KwaZulu-Natal alone stands at 26. Many of them died from being trampled on during a stampede while people were looting items,” said KwaZulu-Natal premier Sihle Zikalala in a statement to the press.

Journalists who were covering the riots for the public South African Broadcasting Corporation and news channel Newzroom Afrika had their equipment stolen as well.

The rioting has become so bad that South Africa has now reportedly had to halt COVID vaccinations in key provinces according to Bloomberg.

Police warned citizens that anyone using social media to encourage rioting could be arrested and prosecuted. Some of the blame for the unrest is being aimed at Zuma’s daughter, Duduzile Zuma-Sambudla who has tweeted alleged incitement.

“She will have to answer and explain what her tweets mean and where they’re going to lead to,” Jesse Duarte, the party’s deputy secretary-general, stated, according to South Africa’s Daily Maverick.

The violence occurring in the streets of South Africa is simply terrifying:

It is worse than a nightmare.

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