Warning to violent protesters: iLIVE
As a military person, I know that no weapons must be taken to protest meetings and that the display of any weapon means that you are ready to do battle.
Then you must expect that some among you will fall.
The uMkhonto weSizwe commanders never told us this but we accepted it as part of our recruitment.
The Marikana tragedy needed to happen to send a loud, unambiguous warning to Julius Malema and his ANC Youth League hooligans, and other public-protest thugs, that their nonsense will no longer be tolerated.
The protesters, judging by their conduct, state of mind and personal characteristics, unlawfully and intentionally prepared to commit further horrific crimes.
The crowd's behaviour showed that they were getting instructions from somewhere.
Some people have been influencing the public to take up arms and fight the government, thinking President Jacob Zuma will cower and leave the presidency.
Be warned: this will not happen. Zuma is a very strong and hard man who is still capable of using maximum force if challenged.
For some time we have observed deliberate damage to property and even loss of life during both mine and township protests. These acts cannot be allowed to go on, lest they politically destabilise our country.
Please do not allow the likes of Malema to profit from your circumstances.