Sharpeville youth threaten to set fire to buses

2012-03-20 16:01

Sharpeville is burning.

Scores of youths have erected barricades in the streets in protest against government’s decision to hold the main event commemorating the 1960 massacre in Soweto.

They youths have threatened to burn buses that are earmarked to transport people to the main rally tomorrow.

On March 21 1960 police shot and killed 69 people protesting against pass laws in Sharpeville.

Residents, including survivors of the massacre, say they are unhappy with the decision to hold the event in Soweto.

Youths have gathered in Seeiso Street, near the site of the massacre, saying they are waiting for government officials to give them an explanation of the decision.

City Press saw a police contingent move in to rescue three Ethiopian nationals trapped inside a spaza shop which a mob of youths was attempting to break into and loot.

“All I need now is a visa to go back to my country. I’m tired of South Africa,” said one of the Ethiopians as he salvaged goods from the shop into a bakkie under the watchful eye of the police.

Youths stoned police and the traders as they sped off through the streets barricaded with burning tyres, rocks, logs and other items.

“Nobody is going to Soweto!” shouted the youths who also inscribed “f*ck Soweto” onto the back of a police Nyala.

“If they want to take this event to Soweto then they should also carry the bones of those people who were killed in 1960 with them,” said 79-year-old Thabo Motaung who still has a bullet fired during the massacre in his pelvis.

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