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Cops crack down on Gauteng protesters

2012-03-22 21:37

Johannesburg - A total of 110 protesters have been arrested in violent service delivery protests in Ratanda, Evaton and Sharpeville since Monday, Gauteng police said.

Seventeen of the 110 were juveniles and they had been released into their parents' custody, Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said on Thursday.

"There will be strong police presence in areas that have seen violent protests for the past two days," he said.

Dlamini said no violence was reported on Thursday.

Those arrested had been charged with housebreaking, malicious damage to property, possession of suspected stolen property, theft, assault with intent to commit grievous bodily harm and public violence.

Dlamini said roads were blockaded and police were pelted with stones and petrol bombs in the past two days.

Several public buildings and private homes had been burned down, and small businesses in Ratanda had been looted, he said.

Comments
  • Badgerspoon - 2012-03-22 22:03

    Senseless looting and violent rioting - such an easy concept that even a child can do it.

  • Patiwe - 2012-03-22 22:05

    This hooliganism of destroying public and private property when we are protesting won't help in any way possible. The charges should not be dropped and that will possible be a lesson to future protestors.

  • braamc - 2012-03-22 22:12

    Savage behavior nothing new, you get what you voted for

      Rousseau - 2012-03-22 22:27

      "savage" absurd

  • Myvision - 2012-03-22 22:26

    Since Western Cape protests are perceived to be driven by the ANC, is it fair to assume that these are DA driven?

  • colin.dovey - 2012-03-22 22:29

    This is fast becoming a national sport. Except it is not productive in ANY way. I fail to understand what ANY of these "protests" have achieved, because NOTHING has changed. Mindless.

  • Gregory - 2012-03-23 05:27

    More apartheid era police brutality. Zimbabwe style silence the unhappy masses. Deliver on your promises Mr Zuma. The protesting will stop.

      logical007 - 2012-03-23 08:56

      @ Gregory Did you not read the following: 'Those arrested had been charged with housebreaking, malicious damage to property, possession of suspected stolen property, theft, assault with intent to commit grievous bodily harm and public violence. Dlamini said roads were blockaded and police were pelted with stones and petrol bombs in the past two days." WHY should these people not be arrested?

  • logical007 - 2012-03-23 08:52

    Well I'm sure all those protesting now for better service delivery and housing etc will still vote ANC next time 'round. So as long as they keep the cycle of incompetency alive, nothing is ever going to change!!!

  • Mohsin - 2012-03-23 10:57

    LIVE AMMO IS WHAT I SAY!

      John - 2012-03-23 14:06

      AA batteries will do the job like in the old days.

  • Susan - 2012-03-23 13:58

    Exactly what was the reason for this madness? gwantanamo bay

  • Luvive - 2012-03-23 20:34

    They are seeing it from the people in government.

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