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Thursday, August 13, 2015

My city today...

"PORT ELIZABETH - Police have used rubber bullets and stun grenades against protesting residents of Walmer township.
A number of cars have been burned and others have been stoned, as violent protest action resumed in Port Elizabeth on Thursday morning.
Angry community members have been protesting in the township over housing issues.
At least one person, a woman, was injured when she drove her car into a tree in shock after being caught up in the middle of the violence. 
She was transported to hospital.
In a statement released earlier today, police warned protesters not to endanger people's lives and to stop throwing stones at police vehicles and other road users."  - eNCA
I feel sad...the suburb of Walmer is burning. 
I feel sad because of the state of our country.
I feel sad that people feel that they need to resort to disruptive behaviour and violence to make their voices heard.
I feel sad because our infrastructure (roads) are being destroyed by these hooligans and there would be no money in municipal budgets to build up what was destroyed.
I feel sad that so many innocent people are caught in the crossfire of this.  People who are unable to get to work and are kept hostage in their homes.  


I feel sad that business owners are too scared to open their businesses because of fear of looting.  Angry township residents have threatened to bring Walmer to a stand still today. They are protesting about the lack of or slow progress in supplying RDP houses.


I feel sad that even the Walmer police station is under siege and they had to resort to firing teargas and stun grenades to control the violent crowds.

I feel sad because my oldest and his family is considering leaving this country...and on days like this I can't find the right words to convince them to stay.  

Please don't get me wrong...I love this crazy, colourful country.  I wish that there was an instant fix to all it's problems.

xx

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  1. Feel with you Lynette. We used to live in Walmer just after we were married and its disheartening to see scenes like this.
    Hugs
    Desíre
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

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    1. As a child I grew up right there between 6th and 7th avenue in Walmer. I wish the powers that be will wake up and realise that they aren't getting it right...in the mean time they should not allow things to get so out of hand.

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  2. Good piece of writing. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and I'm so sorry to read that this is happening. It is very sad indeed. I was born in SA and lived there until 1991. I grew up and lived in PE for most of my time there and Heugh Road, Walmer was a very regular route for me. I remember the houses and businesses. Pick 'n Pay along route, a café that used to sell amazing samosas and I remember the blue gums dancing in the breeze against the big, blue sky. Despite now living in the UK and despite all the time that has elapsed, PE has always remained very dear to me. I have very fond, personal memories of the area.

    It's dreadful to watch this. I feel for all those peaceful, hard-working people who simply want to get on with their lives. Not only that but it's a tragedy to watch such a beautiful country subjected to such horrendous action and behaviour. If you're upset to such a degree, take it to court and protest your case in a legitimate way. Why cause misery for everyone? I hope sense and reason will prevail and things will return to normal very soon. In the meantime, I hope you all stay safe. Go carefully and best wishes from the UK. xx

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    1. I feel so blessed that you visited my blog today Linda. How did you come across my blog?

      I grew up in Walmer, between 6th and 7th avenue in Albert Road. I remember the samosas that we bought from the shop on the corner of 6th and Heugh road fondly. It was the shop closest to our home at the time. Holidays I worked at the Pick 'n Pay for pocket money...and that is where I met the man that I am still married to today. More reason that it saddens me when things go so horribly wrong. Things have settled down for now...until next time. The problem isn't going to go away...the powers in government is not keeping their promises and most of the mob is in it purely to steal and destroy...it is all just an excuse to behave like criminals. I hope to hear from you again xx

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  3. Thinking of you... This must be an especially hard thing to go through. Sending good, peaceful thoughts to you and your community.

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  4. I feel sad to hear things like that too, do stay safe my friend! Big hugs!

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  5. So sad, indeed. We've had race riots this summer nearby, in Baltimore. It's so disturbing. God's heart must be broken. Hugs to you.

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    1. Every country has its problems...more reason why I don't believe the answer is to run away. God has placed us here to make a difference xx

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  6. So very sad and frightening! Be safe Lynette! Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers!

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  7. Yes, sadly ... Can not you fight for the improvement of other methods: peaceful, legal?
    Nevertheless, South Africa is beautiful! Sorry if your older children will leave it, it is better to live in a place where he grew up. But for the sake of future grandchildren, and perhaps you should think about moving.
    Hugs)))))

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    1. Every country has it's problems my friend...the grass isn't always greener on the other side. We are in full time ministry in Port Elizabeth and we are there because the Lord called us to make a difference...there will be no running away xx

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    2. May God grant you the strength to overcome all the problems.
      Hugs)

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  8. I guess none of is immune to violence. This is a sad world we live in. I wish there were a peaceful fix for everything that is broken. That is my wish. I will pray for Port Elizabeth and its people. I pray that the violence stops and everyone stays safe. xo

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    1. Thank you my friend. Only God can change people's hearts...and praying is what we do right now.

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  9. I didn't know this! I'm incredulous when I look at those pics!

    I hope they decide to stay!!!

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    1. So do I Marcia, I can't imagine my children thousands of miles away :(

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  10. Hugs and prayers for you and your family as well as for your country. It's so difficult to understand the mindset of violence. Praying for a revival ~ the only way to a truly peaceful solution. ~ Blessings, Tracey

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  11. Hope the new morning brings calm and peace in the city and people's hearts. Sending love your way, xx

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  12. Hello dear sister. I am sad with you as I read your post. I am sad too at what is happening around the world in many places. There is much unrest in the hearts of men. But nothing takes God by surprise. In fact He has already told us what to expect. It is in His Word. and somehow we are to trust Him, hang onto Him and take Him with us where ever we go. I pray you will know His grace and strength and also peace for your land too. Xx

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    1. That is what we do. We weren't promised an easy road. I believe that it is just all signs of the times.

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  13. So sad, we've got some of this going on over here too. Why anyone can think that destruction is positive approach to change, I will never understand. Praying for peace everywhere!

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  14. I understand your sentiments entirely my friend ... Our country is in a mess and the people in power just cannot hear it over the sound the the gravy train's wheels!!!! As you said ... I wish there was an instant fix!!!

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    1. Yup...we need a radical change. Economists still believe that with the right people in government making the right decisions...the country can be turned around within 6 months. So we pray xx

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  15. Sounds really awful...... & I feel for your family..... I can see why they are thinking of migrating - it seems not an uncommon outcome for a lot of SA families....... & yeah, I know.....I WAS going to wipe all the my bloglovin....but I couldn't resist visiting a few of my faves [winks!!!!]!!!!!!

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  16. Yip...our country is certainly in a mess, in so many ways! Some days it is hard to remain positive and then other days I know so many reasons why I love this country! Africa is not for sissies....one just always hopes and prays that sanity, love and kindness prevails! xx

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  17. Shame Lynette so sorry this is happening. I had no idea. Don't know all the details so always difficult to form an opinion but destruction and vandalism is pointless I agree!

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  18. I will certainly pray for your city. My grandson lived in both Mali and Niger for awhile but came home when he felt his wife wasn't safe in his absence. However, they want to return one day and continue their mission work. They loved it there.

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