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Arrests after Western Cape protest

2012-09-11 09:01

Cape Town - Twenty-six people were arrested during a service delivery protest at a Touws River informal settlement, Western Cape police said on Tuesday.

Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut said the group would appear in court once charged.

"The situation is under control with no further acts of violence this morning [Tuesday]. However the area is being monitored," he said.

Hundreds of Zion Park residents gathered near the N1 highway from 05:00 on Monday, burning tyres and throwing rocks.

The Cape Times reported that a portion of the highway remained closed until 14:00 on Monday as rocks had to be cleared from the road.

Community leader Michael Visagie told the newspaper residents were promised housing and other services at a community meeting last week.

"We are prepared to die. We will not stop protesting until our demands are met. We were promised formal houses, flush toilets, tarred roads, electricity and running water and we want these promises fulfilled."

Breede River Valley municipality manager, Gerrit Matthyse, said the protest was largely due to residents' frustration at being on a housing waiting list for 20 years. About 25 000 people were on the list.

He said 10 hectares of land had been earmarked for low-cost housing by the council, which had been in power for a year.

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Comments
  • julius.hond - 2012-09-11 09:05

    shoot the bastards

      TSR01 - 2012-09-11 12:28

      "We are prepared to die. We will not stop protesting until our demands are met. We were promised formal houses, flush toilets, tarred roads, electricity and running water and we want these promises fulfilled." - this article. So, they want everything for free? And they are willing to die for it? Well, last I heard, HARD WORK NEVER KILLED ANYONE, and what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger! So work hard, become strong, and oh, enjoy the benefits of having earned a salary to afford the luxuries of life (eg. house in nice area, electricity, flush toilets, tarred roads, etc.) P.S. I don't recall the DA ever saying they would give any of those things for free, nor was it a "promise". The ANC made that promise though, but oh wait, they don't run the Western Province! Tough tomatoes.

      TSR01 - 2012-09-11 12:29

      P.S. Before anyone jumps on my case about RDP Housing, that is something Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille agreed to under conditions; it is not "free housing for all", otherwise I ALSO WANT A FREE HOUSE! :)

  • john.windvogel - 2012-09-11 09:38

    I want a house! I want water and electricity! I want tarred roads! Im not prepared to die for it though, Id rather be civilized and work for it instead of spending my time burning tires and throwing rocks around

      juan.prinsloo.750 - 2012-09-11 09:46

      Yeah if you are dead what good is a tarred road gonna do you? A smooth ride in the hearse?

      Stormkaap - 2012-09-11 10:20

      My son was saying he wants a degree, but no one wants to give him one..where can he get one!

  • nigel.mercuur - 2012-09-11 09:46

    I can understand their frustration. Unfortunately, almost all the municipalities have housing waiting lists far longer than what can be delivered. But statement like \we are prepared to die\ are just not necessary. Makes me wonder if it's really about services.

  • billy.tong.731 - 2012-09-11 09:57

    Do they even pay Rates and Taxes? No So stuff them, most of them don't even pay PAYE and then they still want stuff. So who is meant to pay for all the stuff that they want? That's right, the normal every day South African who does pay their taxes.

      ally.oh.7 - 2012-09-11 10:08

      Welcome to the new SA, Billy. Now you as a "normal every day South African" should be able to come up with a solution to what you perceive to be the problem ... or, to put it in new SA speak, the challenge.

      david.g.preez - 2012-09-11 10:22

      No... demanding means that everything is wanted for free. Well those that produce more children, cannot feed them, demands you and I pay for that too... the list goes on!

  • Michael - 2012-09-11 10:05

    Police must shoot to kill protestets who vandalise property until this sickness is over! They have my support.

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-09-11 10:14

    They were promised houses....wonder who never delivered on those promises....

  • david.g.preez - 2012-09-11 10:21

    Hmmm... As far as I know, you pay for services, you pay for upkeep and you pay to continue using... "We are prepared to die. We will not stop protesting until our demands are met. We were promised formal houses, flush toilets, tarred roads, electricity and running water and we want these promises fulfilled." I am sure that can be remidied...

  • lerato.kay.3 - 2012-09-11 10:25

    We are made to believe that formal houses, flush toilets, tarred roads, electricity and running water are a basic feature in Cape Town, I bet these protesters were paid by ANC to cause chaos, actually there is an oversupply of all these services in Cape Town that's why refugees from E Cape are flocking to Cape Town, am I right Madame?

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-09-11 12:21

      You are right lerato. If one take away the people(me, in a way as well) who come from the county side or Eastern Cape out of the total and there will most probably be an over supply of house. Luckily we are all welcome here, but with the flocking of people I wish the budget will also increase/moving with to make it financially possible. No, I am not talking of the normal increase due to the economy, but the amount needed to accommodate the fast growing population due to births and flocking. A lot of the old residents are frustrated because newcomers get houses before them and still most of them do not cause havoc due to the injustice. This injustice was started in the time of the previous rulers of the WC and it will not be easy to correct it as well as accommodate newcomers. The previous rulers could not do it, even having a directly line via politics and we cant expect the new ones doing it overnight either. I am glad I am not the one to solve these headaches.

  • mofstok - 2012-09-11 10:38

    How about getting a job and building your own frigging houses? Lazy bums!

  • darryl.maze1 - 2012-09-12 10:48

    Its just want want want with these ppl. They are not willing to work for it. How many onf them are from other provinces that have houses there and are renting them out and have moved here??? This RDP housing is getting out of hand. I bet you most of those protesers have about four or more RDP houses.They dont even pay taxes or for service delivery

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