No violent march, say organisers

2017-06-21 06:01

The organisers of the peaceful march that started at Absa in the Kuruman CBD and proceeded to the Kuruman police station dismissed claims that the march had turned into looting, violence and damage to property in which foreign nationals were assaulted.

The march took place on Friday (16/06). Violent incidents in Maruping and Batlharos were reported to have erupted around the same time.

This was followed by negative comments on social media, which sparked outrage and a debate among the community regarding the ­incidents that happened this past weekend, including on Monday (19/06).

Some members of the community approved the manner in which the community behaved and treated foreigners, calling for them to be sent home, while others called for calm.

Among the angry comments was one from Lucky Boy: “Batho ba Kuruman, julle is dom, you were busy voting for the ANC, now the ANC fails to give you jobs, so you create lies about Indian tuck shop owners, just because you’re hungry, so you want to steal. The ANC fails to protect your mines, there is no contractor from Maruping, Magojaneng or Dikgweng or somewhere here in Kuruman that have a tender in mines. All contracts are not from Kuruman. But you go and beat Indians just for a loaf of bread while your mines are gone.”

Another comment from Lee-Pado reads: “I’m not saying its OK, but these Indians are using their comfort zone as advantage of benefiting in our country, ha ke tla ke gola kene ke itse makula ba rekisa bedding and ne ba sa nna in our country, but now they are in a comfort zone ba iketlile and ba ungwelwa, e.g. Guptas.”

One of the march organisers, Paseka Tlhapi, said they heard of such an incident of looting, but it was not in any way linked to the march, which went smoothly and saw the successful handover of a petition to the police and liquor board.

He elaborated that the petition was in demand of the shutdown of the Grant Hotel and Brazil Park, which are identified as hotspots for activities like drug trafficking and alcohol abuse.

According to him, the march was in partnership with other stakeholders and organisations like Desperados, Operation Wanya Tsotsi and more.

“We heard about the violence, but it was in another section of Kuruman and it was not our doing in any way. We heard the outrage of the community was sparked in Maruping, where it is alleged that a foreign national was accused of assaulting a local women,” added Tlhapi.

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