From top left to right: the remainder of the concrete islands in the main street; the rioters in front of the historic town hall which was trashed; middle two photos: shop windows and doors were smashed; more senseless destruction in the the streets; and an emergency vehicle rushes an injured shopkeeper to hospital in a town 34km away
The images above are of the [main] streets of our normally peaceful home town, Marquard, South Africa. What started as a strike on Monday, degenerated into a full-scale riot by mid-morning on Tuesday. I could have posted a news link of the cause of this upheaval, but suffice to say it's about the lack of essential services and gripes against the municipalities. Hundreds of youths and school children entered the town from the nearby township and literally trashed and smashed the buildings and streets of Marquard.
I'm adding a link of our beautiful, sleepy Free State town and ask that whoever feels so inclined, would pray for the residents of Marquard and the people of Moemaneng township where apparently the destruction and chaos is a lot worse. Emily our house lady and John our gardener live in Moemaneng; I've told them to stay in their homes and not venture into our town until things settle down. Our son, Angus, his wife, Amanda and their two young children, live in Marquard and of course, that is where our home is.
Here's hoping and praying that God will give wisdom to those in authority to resolve these issues that the masses' needs are met as they should be.
Thanks to those of you who are praying for our family, friends and house staff.