1) To excite nausea or loathing in; sicken.
2) To offend the taste or moral sense of; repel.
n. Profound aversion or repugnance excited by something offensive.
Synonyms: These verbs mean to offend the senses or feelings of: a stench that disgusted us; hypocrisy that nauseated me; repelled by your arrogance; brutality that revolts my sensibilities; a fetid odor that sickened the workers.
HOOLIGAN: A ruffian or hoodlum.
Yes, disgust is what I feel about the behaviour of our so-called soldiers as they went on a rampage simply because they could not get their own way. I say "so-called soldiers" because no true soldier would behave in such a dispicably undisciplined manner no matter what their grievances are.
On Wednesday. between one and two thousand soldiers, under the banner of the South African National Defence Force Union (SANDU) and in civilian clothes (thank God for small mercies), went on a rampage when the South African Police Service (SAPS) tried to disperse an illegal march to the Union Building, the seat of government where the President has his office. When they were told that the march is illegal and asked to disperse, they refused and the SAPS used a water canon to try to force them to withdraw. This is when they turned violent. They tried scaling the fence around the Union Building, damaged a number of vehicles and even threw a petrol bomb into one vehicle belonging to the Military police, setting it alight. A number of both soldiers and police were injured in the incident but to me, the worst consequence of their behaviour is the immeasurable damage that has been done to the image and status of fellow soldiers and the Defence Force of my country; in fact, to this country in general.
Oh yes, SANDU is quick to come up with all kinds of excuses and justifications. The poor pay, the actions of the SAPS, the fact that the ruling of the court that the march is illegal came late, etc. They claim that it was a peaceful protest that turned violent because of actions by the police. I ask, who carries a petrol bomb with him to a peaceful protest? I am sorry, no excuse and no justification is acceptable to me in this case! This is not a labour issue, this is insubordination in its worst form!
I have always held our men and women who put on the uniform of the SANDF, in very high regard. I admire the dedication and discipline that they display in serving their country and its people. Fortunately, those hooligans of Wednesday is only are very small portion of our Defence Force and I am glad that I do know a great number of soldiers who are worthy of the uniform they wear and the rank they carry. They are the ones I trust for the safety of our constitution, our government, our property and our lives.
I do hope that the guilty ones will be dealt with in the severest manner and that they will never be allowed to wear the uniform of a soldier again for if they do, it will be an insult to every members of the SANDF who serves this country with discipline, dedication and pride.