Activists claim Zuma supporters attacked them

2011-12-08 17:00

Johannesburg -Tensions between local left activists at COP 17 in Durban and the government exploded again on Thursday with activists claiming they were assaulted by “a group of pro-Zuma supporters” at a meeting with President Jacob Zuma.

“In a meeting designed for engagement between President Zuma and communities and civil society, violence broke out when peaceful civil society demonstrators silently held up signs asking ‘Zuma to stand with Africa,’” said Tristen Taylor from Earthlife Africa.

He said the “pro-Zuma supporters”, many wearing the uniforms of COP 17 volunteers then attacked the demonstrators “in an act of mob violence”.

“Demonstrators were roughed up and some had to flee the hall,” he said. “While all of this went on, President Zuma sat up on the podium and remained quiet. Furthermore, it took nearly ten minutes before police entered the hall to restore order.”

Siziwe Khanyile of groundWork said: “This was our event, organised to communicate with President Zuma. We were then abused, kicked out, robbed, and manhandled by Zuma supporters disguised as COP 17 volunteers.”

The latest incident follows violence over the weekend where activists were attacked by a group of COP 17 volunteers, also dressed in their bright green uniform.

The “green bombers” as they were dubbed by the activists roughed up the green activists and pelted them with stones over the weekend at the Day of Global Action march.

Before COP 17 the leftist activists also complained that they were closely being watched by both National Intelligence and the police’s crime intelligence.

City Press has approached Zuma’s spokespeople for comment.

  • Shirley - 2011-12-08 17:13

    All visitors to S.A. must think they have arrived in "clown town"!!!! Realy what an image we portray for our overseas geusts! Shameful!!!!!

  • Larry - 2011-12-08 17:19

    Welcome to the Asylum COP 17.

      Helmut - 2011-12-08 17:46

      Sorry, Larry. Last minute name change:FLOP 17.

  • joeballito - 2011-12-08 17:20

    Who is who in the zoo? No posts yet,are you guys tired of this rubbish? So am I........

  • david.lebethe - 2011-12-08 17:21

    I am not amused by the story. The President has a tendency not to intervene when it serves his interest. He did the same when Youth League ridiculed Mbeki in the months leading to Polokwane. With his ambitions to serve another term under threat, it's most likely that he didn't do anything and that it long for the police to intervene.

  • Rhea - 2011-12-08 18:10

    I was at the meeting in City Hall. The problem had nothing to do with the President or alleged supporters of the President. The fight was between security and protesters. Listen to the news on radio, the President was extremely concerned. He made it clear, people should be allowed to raise their concerns and not arrested. What were some of you expecting, the President to come down from stage and play security official? I said it before and will say it again, your continued attack on the President and the ANC will get you no where. Do something valuable with your time and be part of the solution. Comments of nothing coming out of COP 17, is not surprising, considering the amount of HOT air some of you continue to blow. Dont be anti Black, be anti wrong.

      Shirley - 2011-12-08 18:47

      I must be blind-did not see any comments here mention colour! Are you the presidents P.A. as you seem to know all his emotions and sentiments?Are you doing something "valuable" by plugging Zuma here?

      Kevin - 2011-12-08 18:51

      "Don't BEE anti Black....?" Which space ship did you get off from.....?

  • mario.dippenaar - 2011-12-08 18:14

    Maybe the volunteers and the Zuma supporters can find a middle ground on which they both agree on. Like encouraging showering instead of bathing, it uses less water and electricity and it cures AIDS!

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2011-12-08 18:29

    Beat up and man handle peaceful demonstrators . Is wrong , our constitutional rights mean nothing to the ANC the only law is their law. F...k the citizens. I assume Rhea has a tender that's why she is smiling and insulting .

      Rhea - 2011-12-08 18:46

      You obviously was not at the meeting, hence your comment about "peaceful demonstrators". Tender, i assure i do no work for government and never will. I hope you are sitting, i am a COP 17 participant. The demonstrators tried to rush the stage and i am ashamed to say, it was a lady who slapped the security. This is not how the ANC operates and the president reprimanded the security and police.

      Kevin - 2011-12-08 18:54

      @ Rhea...the President reprimanded the security and the police..!! Wow...who was guarding who...? The security guarding the Police, or vice versa..?

      Roland - 2011-12-08 18:59

      If anything at all Rhea probably isn't a South African, anyone who claims any dignity or credibility in this country and still defends these people must be foreign - German, Dutch??

  • Andries - 2011-12-08 19:20

    What a dysfuntonal society SA has become since 1994. There is no order. Because there is no law. Except that of the jungle.

      Sam - 2011-12-09 18:03

      Hellen Zilles people who are driven by swaart gevaar campaign

  • sibusiso.mkoko - 2011-12-08 19:39


  • witmanikie - 2011-12-08 23:46

    This is not a claim. this is a FACT !!! People must open their eyes to what is happening in South Africa and the world. Lets see how long my post is up before it is removed. If you are reading my post, please share the link wherever you can because I'm certain this will be silenced like everything else in this "free" land of ours.

      jody.beggs - 2011-12-09 12:27

      Thanks for the link , its now my facebook profile

      Sattva - 2011-12-09 12:46

      what a cool link - thanks

  • ruben.maistry - 2011-12-09 18:55

    I am sure cameras were focused on the event.Could someone please clarify what or who started the incident. The guilty party must be brought to book.Such incidents are a sad day for South Africa.

  • Paul - 2011-12-09 21:44

    Whatever you do out there, please don't send any of these protestors back to England. We have enough looby loos already!

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