Prof Snyman, the leading criminologist in South Africa, in my opinion, defines public violence as follows:
“Public violence is the unlawful and intentional performance of an act or acts by a number of persons, which assumes serious proportions and is intended to disturb the public peace and order by violent means, or to infringe the rights of another.
(1) an act
(2) performed by a number of persons
(3) which assumes serious proportions
(4) which is unlawful, and
(5) intentional, and more specifically, includes an intention to disturb the public
peace and order by violent means, or to infringe the rights of another”
Now call me crazy but if one threatens to make one’s very own country ungovernable you cutting your nose off to spite your face. In much the very same way as police brutality needs to stop and police needs to deal with crowds in a manner not similar to the apartheid government so too does the way in which we protest need to change. The under-pinning’s here is ‘Constitutional democracy!’ Just go and tell mad bob you going to make his country ungovernable and see what he does to you!!!