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Protesters 'roughed up' in Sandton

2012-05-29 09:24

Johannesburg - Five activists protesting against discussions on nuclear energy were "roughed up" at the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) office in Sandton, Johannesburg, on Tuesday, Greenpeace Africa said.

The environmental group staged the protest in an attempt to halt talks aimed at expanding nuclear energy on the continent, spokesperson Ferrial Adam said.

"Five Greenpeace activists have been roughed up outside the Industrial Development Corporation building in Sandton... following their action this morning where they demanded a halt to discussions aimed at expanding nuclear not only in South Africa, but also the rest of the African continent."

Energy Minister Dipuo Peters opened the conference, which was organised by Omega Investment Research, a Cape Town-based international advisory firm.

Police could not immediately confirm the incident.

Comments
  • Koos - 2012-05-29 09:30

    Greenpeace might work in Europe and the US but this is Africa boys. Greenpeace has go nothing on the Blackhand.

      John - 2012-05-29 10:11

      jup correct, backhands and the thinking of uneducted politicians, not one of them cares if there will be anything left of this continent in the next 20-50 years, live for today syndrome.

      William - 2012-05-29 12:51

      Ja, especially in Sandton...that's such a rough part of town!

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-29 09:41

    You should know by now : Only official ANC protests are allowed in S.A. We are part of the Brics community. Any non - ANC protesters will be thrown with bricks.

      Pieter Mulder - 2012-05-29 09:50

      Strange but true!!! ANC democracy works one way only.

  • tricia.sutherland1 - 2012-05-29 09:51

    Yep, rough up a few Greenpeace boys with flags. Next time carry some knobkerries and sticks and you will be surely left alone to do as you please as is done in other political marches.

  • Marion - 2012-05-29 09:54

    I didn't realize the security guard from the Goodman Gallery had been relocated.

      Rob - 2012-05-29 11:09

      Lol @ Marion.

      tszigah - 2012-05-29 18:18

      lmao! thats a good one

  • heiku.staude - 2012-05-29 10:01

    Uninformed hippies getting roughed up? Good.

      Chris Van Berg - 2012-05-29 11:10

      Bunny huggers you are an uninformed bunch

  • Freddie - 2012-05-29 10:02

    Greenpeace activists like to act like such victims. What did they do to cause the roughing up? They are not so innocent. They have a biased view of the universe wherein their reality is the only truth.

      dave.prinsloo - 2012-05-29 10:12

      and how dare they prevent the ANC from hitching more wagons onto the gravy train?? Selfish basterds

      ludlowdj - 2012-05-29 10:24

      They have a biased view of the universe wherein their reality is the only truth Sounds like every single other organisation in existence, know a lot of people like this to.

  • MattQ4 - 2012-05-29 10:16

    So we are currently experiencing the world's worst nuclear disaster in Japan and people are looking at building MORE nuclear power stations? Brilliant!

      michael.a.devilliers - 2012-05-29 10:49

      Incorrect. We experienced that with Chernobyl. Japan has nothing on that. And once again - all a result of poor design / freak accidents.

      Bertus - 2012-05-29 10:52

      Compare the hundreds of thousands of people impacted in a minor or major way with the 7 billion that will be impacted due to the continued use of coal.... It is very easy to finger a problem without actually tendering a solution or better even, being the solution. The reality is that even though we hope that economics will drive the adoption of solar and wind power in South Africa, there is a 3:1 price difference between solar and nuclear (this is common knowledge http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cost_of_electricity_by_source) whcih will last for many years still...

  • Vic - 2012-05-29 10:21

    And so the 5 " Roughed Up" individuals thought they could halt the talks. Get real. Nuclear energy is here to stay, so get a life.

      dave.prinsloo - 2012-05-29 12:33

      you'd be surprised how wrong you are Vic. Nuclear is on its way out. Ni nuclear plants have been built since 1990. After Japan, most plans in Europe for more have been scrapped.

  • Fhedzani Sadiki - 2012-05-29 11:37

    Green Peace is a nuisance...

      Chris Van Berg - 2012-05-29 11:55

      hear hear!

      dave.prinsloo - 2012-05-29 12:26

      Not as big a nuisance as nuclear waste or a meltdown.

  • dave.prinsloo - 2012-05-29 12:30

    not America, not Australia, not Russia, not even Japan could do nuclear without disaster. We're already playing with fire at Koeberg. Avoiding disaster depends on unbroken cadmium delivery by road transport, and extreme vigilence in servicing. I do not think we're ready for more.

      Roger - 2012-05-29 15:32

      Check this out a Scottish project for UNDERSEA renewable energy generation. http://www.scottishpowerrenewables.com/pages/sound_of_islay.asp

      John - 2012-05-29 15:45

      Exactly, imagine the standard of work from dodgy tenders, cost cutting and general shoddy work practises. Chernobyl 2 in the making. As much as i hate the bunny hugging hippies they have a valid point when it comes to nuclear energy.

      Bertus - 2012-05-30 06:52

      Where do you get your information that no nuclear power stations being constructed after 1990? According to http://www.euronuclear.org/info/encyclopedia/n/nuclear-power-plant-world-wide.htm there are 63 nuclear power stations currently under construction - 26 in China alone....

  • tszigah - 2012-05-29 18:23

    I just don't get it...Aren't we supposed to focus on DR Congo hydropower idea to generate energy for Africa? What are doing with Nuclear conferences now...What is SADC & AU all about, what are they discussing when they meet? Am confused...

  • Eish - 2012-05-30 00:23

    Eish! Welcome to Africa, where the necklaces are free and only the cANCer is allowed to protest!

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