3 dead in violent Cape service protests

2012-08-14 17:37

Johannesburg - Protests in Khayelitsha have so far left three people dead and cost millions of rands, the City of Cape Town said on Tuesday.

"This senseless loss of life is unacceptable and on behalf of the City of Cape Town I again convey my condolences to the families," Cape Town mayoral ccommittee member for safety and security, JP Smith, said in a statement.

Smith said a 30-year-old man died on Monday evening after protesters pelted his truck with stones and he drove into a barricade on the N2.

On 3 August, a Golden Arrow bus driver died after his bus was stoned and he drove into an informal settlement, Smith said.

A man inside one of the houses died from his injuries three days later.

"The city will do everything in its power to assist the South African Police Service in identifying and prosecuting the individuals responsible."

He said a R50 000 reward about information on the protests was being offered.

"We welcome any information that will help in the successful prosecution of those people who are responsible for these deaths, the destruction of property, or who make themselves guilty of instigating or participating in public violence."

Smith said the protests had caused R5m worth of damage to municipal infrastructure, diverted police resources and had required more than R600 000 in overtime for law enforcement.

About 350 residents of Khayelitsha's BM section took to the streets on Monday morning to protest over houses and sanitation, forcing the closure of a section of the N2 highway.

They threw stones at police officers and passing vehicles, including five Golden Arrow buses.

Community leader Morris Sifo told the Cape Times residents had been living in dire conditions since 1987.

"It is not fair that we have to live in these conditions, while other parts of the area receive continuous upgrades," he said.

Smith defended Cape Town's record on service delivery and said the city was contending with historical backlogs and urbanisation.

"However, unlike many other metros, Cape Town has high levels of service delivery, with the lowest number of people not receiving basic services," he said.

Shouting and screaming

Meanwhile, Cabinet Ministers refused to bow to pressure to condemn the violent protests.

Deputy International Relations Minister Marius Fransman, who is also Western Cape ANC chairperson, told a National Assembly sitting that the protests were as a result of a lack of service delivery.

He rubbished allegations from the Democratic Alliance and the Congress of the People that it was part of an ANC Youth League attempt to make the city ungovernable.

"The reality is if there's protest action in other provinces, then they say there are service delivery problems. In the Western Cape there are service delivery problems," Fransman said.

Tensions rose in the house when Fransman was heckled several times, prompting chairperson Fatima Hajaig to intervene.

"If you want to shout and scream, I'll give you five minutes to shout and scream and then be quiet," Hajaig said.

Fransman went on to accuse the DA-led Western Cape government of implementing a skewed development pattern.

"The reality is if the premier of the province speaks of refugees, about black people, it shows what they are doing in this province," Fransman said.

"If former president De Klerk says homelands were not as bad a issue and people in Western Cape feel the brunt of that, that becomes a real problem."

Earlier in the house, both the DA and Cope criticised the African National Congress for not commenting on ANCYL calls to make the city [of Cape Town] ungovernable.

"The youth league threatens ungovernability (sic) in the morning and denies its involvement in violent protests in the evening," DA MP Debbie Schafer said.

She accused the Youth League of calling residents to protest by sms, pamphlets and loud-hailers at midnight.

"We know the DA delivers more than the ANC. If they can't win at the ballot box as a result of good service delivery, they render the province ungovernable by inciting violent protests," Schafer said.

Cope MP Alfred Kganare told the National Assembly the silence of the ANC could only mean its leadership approved of what the ANCYL was doing in the Western Cape.

"They [ANC] must not complain when what they are doing here happens in the rest of the country."

  • harold.parsons.37 - 2012-08-14 17:49

    Is this the start of the ANC declaring war on the Western Province and its people? Is the ANC the enemy ot the people of the Cape? Has the time come that we take up arms against these political criminals and drive them out of the Cape forever? I am getting tired of these brainless bullies.

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-08-14 17:59

      Can you begin to imagine what will happen if the DA dares to win another province in the next elections?? Does this not remind one of the situation in Zimbabwe where the opposition has actually won some of the elections, but the black Hitler refuses to step down!

      TSR01 - 2012-08-14 18:14

      Christelle, I like the comparison; "Black Hitler" - its surprisingly accurate.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-08-14 18:15

      So ANC, after almost 20 years we are exactly where we were in the 80's. You have wasted your opportunity to govern. The only opportunity you have used successfully has been to steal. Step down.

      claudia.meads - 2012-08-14 18:54

      After less than two decades of ANC (and its alliance) rule, South Africa has gone full 360 degrees - it is back in exactly the same situation it was before the end of Apartheid. The ANC is a feral, demonic, monster - its savage nature is evident from the Western Cape to the North West Province. People are killed with a regard that is less than that for animals. A key element of the ongoing slaughter on the Platinum fields is the way labour laws were structured to protect a Cosatu monopoly. The entire world goes into shock if people are shot in a cinema (or alike) - yet in the face of the bludgeoning savagery in SA, it pales in significance. Ask yourself if there is a future in such a place? Civilised South Africans will have to face up to a very uncomfortable reality - unless you are able to leave South Africa fast, then those South Africans who want a future for their children and theirs, will have to be ready to take very drastic action. A UNILATERAL DECLARATION OF FREEDOM for the Western Cape and a UNILATERAL TAX DEFERMENT is fast becoming a matter of ‘no other option’. South Africa is a country that is fast spiralling out of control – if you do not take drastic action immediately, you cannot blame anybody but yourself.

      sheda.habib - 2012-08-14 18:59

      A UNILATERAL DECLARATION OF FREEDOM for the Western Cape and a UNILATERAL TAX DEFERMENT is fast becoming a matter of ‘no other option’. I for one will fight for the freedom that the WEstern Cape represents. Even it means fighting in a civil war. Where does queue start.....

      husaberg.twostroke - 2012-08-14 22:42

      TYPICAL BOGGOM ATTITUDE. Brake everything down. IDIOTS.

      Matthew - 2012-08-15 09:06

      Better yet....Why dont we respond. Those are sick and tired of this cr@p. Why dont we form our own mob,and meet them head on!!! cut the old black bins in half,and make them into sheilds. push come to shove,we go roman.Testudo if the throwing of bricks and etc starts. And we go straight into them,pummel them. We show them and their corrupt leaders that we've ALL had enough and we WILL fight back. I'm just waiting for the when?! So anyone knows,let me know.i wanna enlist in whatever rebel/vigil anti group that starts fighting these animals in the streets head on. Tired of this.time to fight back

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-15 12:36

      Harold the ANc has declared war on the W.P. Every time a school is build, every time children have their school books on time, everytime people are housed, it makes the ANC's efforts in the rest of the country look like a shambles. That is why they want the place back, so kids can wait for school books here too and their incompetence can be country wide. I have a feeling they are in for a nasty surprise. There are too many black people sick and tired of the mess created by these fanatics.

  • Michael - 2012-08-14 17:57

    Rubber bullet is needed urgently to address those protesters, these criminals are starting war againts government as a whole, police must shoot to kill criminals and protect law aboding citizens, why are they burning buses, vandalising robborts, and other infrastructure? This is no longer an issue of service delivery. Bloody idiots!

  • rob.tubbs.39 - 2012-08-14 18:16

    Welcome to South Africa all you 'rich' potential money spending tourists who come on holiday to the 'Rainbow Nation'...

  • barbara.agnew.980 - 2012-08-14 18:25

    The problem throughout Africa is not Aids its birth control. There are simpy too many peolpe to house,employ, feed & accomodate in Africa.So lets agressively promote birth control.Five million tax payers CANNOT support an ever increasing opoulation.

  • Malose-Nyatlo - 2012-08-14 18:25

    Aren't we the only country in Africa - no, in the world - where everybody, except the working class, is promised free housing and services, and where that everybody can go on a mrderous destruction spree when such promises are not fulfilled - and still get no get no rebuke from government?\r\nSurely that's a first!

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-14 21:14

      Oh govt rebukes and condemns and declares. Seldom do they actually DO anything

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-15 12:39

      Maolse, yes we are and wait for the day when all the pensions and allowances can't be paid anymore. Then and only then will the people realized they have been fooled all the time. The Arab Spring may very well become a South African one then.

  • osmaseko - 2012-08-14 18:27

    Politicians should stop playing with peoples lives and emotions. They should deliever period. You cannot complain about spending money on SAPS to contain the situation when you should be using that money to deliever services.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-15 12:40

      Osmaseko, what is the point of delivering services if they are torn down the next day?.

  • mantsho.tlali - 2012-08-14 18:27

    ANCYL, Why do we have this people , Zuma must get rid of them,he got rid of Malema. they are nothing but troubles. The way they talk and think is a Disaster.This weak president we have, will never open his mouth and say anything, this behaviour of people who destroy property when protesting is getting worse, change the law if the current one is not working.

      jannie.beirowski - 2012-08-14 19:05

      Mantsho. You describe Zuma as a weak president who never opens his mouth to say anything, yet you demand that this weak president gets rid of the ANCYL? I agree with your demand, but not directed at the weakling, but at a new president who can control the situation. Speak to your voters and get them to change the person and his co-passengers on the gravy train, and not the system.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-15 12:42

      Manthaso I can't agree more, instead of drinking tea in Harare Zuma should, for once, open his mouth and start earning his pay. What a shambles that man is.

  • Nhlanhla Zondi - 2012-08-14 18:33

    Our democracy has spoiled the people of SA, We have this mentality that we're being owed something by the government that's why there's so much protests around the country

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-08-14 18:41

      You're quite correct. They are too lazy to get off their backsides and do something for themselves. Everything must be handed down on a silver platter. No sympathy WHATSOEVER.

  • masixole.mqolo - 2012-08-14 18:36

    I think many people including the parlementarians are not looking into the facts here if ANCYL said the people must turn against the DA government there must of been a reason for the people to listen to such rubish now let me tell you about this area because I can see all of you don't know it BM has been in existance since 1985 yes it was a small number of shacks and now it has become a full shanty town its one of the few places in south africa that is still using the bucket system for toilets it is full of elctricty cabels coming from one point to the other as they don't have elctricity and what they have Is pirated they have no running watter they have to share one tap amongst 200 shacks they are provided with these old cargo containers were they are supose to dispose of their rubish or let me say their dirt there are no proper roads into this area there is no drainige system evry winter these people have to battle with water coming into their homes these are families that the main breadwinner earns R1500 a month drive past this area and you see school children beutifully dressed in their school uniform dodging cars on the streets in order for them to go to school the lists just goes on and on so you tell me where is the service delivery here if we are paying so much tax to our government if you come to our airports they tax you on a can of sweets so where is all this money going there is no service delivery for these people and they have reached boiling point its a shame that lifes have to be lost while they fight for their rights but its sad that we call on police to use live amunition on them that will do nothing but bring that city into distress Ms Mayor do what the people elected you to do get out of your cozy office and go to your people all the people in that parliment should get off their backsides and do something to help instead of fighting amongst each other

      ou.pel.9 - 2012-08-14 19:05

      another one that missed the text books..?

      jeremy.forbes.1293 - 2012-08-14 19:49

      Thank you Masixole, a sane voice of reason at last. If people on this discussion were living in these conditions I have no doubt they too would be on the streets. We must eradicate these living conditions as a matter of urgency. It is well known that the more equal people are in society the happier everyone is, rich and poor alike. We must strive for this in WC. The DA, although, very good in most of what they do, have a blind spot about poverty alleviation such as these.

      masixole.mqolo - 2012-08-14 21:27

      @ leneord if I were to look @ the history books then I would have to go fetch the bushmen from the khalahari and go to countries like france britain and netherlands to go look for all the stranloopers that left their native land due to collonisation even you would have to go back to were ever part of europe your ancestors came from that's not the point the point is our fellow country men are suffering yet we are bieng milked dry by our goverment ANC DA it doesn't matter if they can just focus on helping the people instead of fighting each other things would be much better rather than poor people bieng pulled into their power strugles

      pws69 - 2012-08-15 08:12

      Masixole, you have, I suspect inadvertently, answered your own question as to why there are no facilities here (and in other areas of CT/Khaya). "there is no drainige system evry winter these people have to battle with water coming into their homes" The City of Cape Town, on serveral occasions, proven that it would be physically impossible, and completely illegal, to provide facilities due to these shacks being built in low areas i.e. below the high water table. They have offered to relocate the residents, but the residents REFUSE because of various reasons including the new location would be too far out of town (addition 30km travel in some case) and they have a history and community where they live. Should the city bow down to these thugs and fools and provide facilities which would be in contravention of the LAWS of SA? I have no sympathy with stupidity. You cannot complain if you CHOOSE to live in a legally and physically uninhabitable area.

      siphiwo.spitch - 2012-08-15 10:35

      @Leonardb1 trying to get back to history books would not answer our current problems.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-15 12:49

      Masixole, who have asked these people to leave their homes and come to the Cape?. No one asked them they came because they thought it was better here than where they were. Do the DA look like God to you?. Able to create miracles overnight?. You are just another one, justifying the stealing of electricity that we end up paying for. The fact they battle water every winter is telling, dig a moat around your shack and you stay dry, but don't expect such things to happen, Moaning, groaning and demanding, that is the way of life in these areas and the ANCYL fires that on every change they get. It's funny though, if the conditions are so bad, and they are, why do they say?.

  • Hermann - 2012-08-14 18:39

    This is nothing other than ANC methods to try and bring the Cape Town DA administration to its knees. What should be done now after all that damage is to tell them they have spent their budget allocation and stop all service delivery in toto. Let them suffer.

  • Phelamanga - 2012-08-14 18:40

    An important point that the ANCYL has made is that they want to make the Western Cape ungovernable. This implies that the province is being governed well, otherwise why would they want to make it ungovernable? It's ludicrous to try to make Limpopo or the Eastern Cape ungovernable because ...well! One also wonders why these protests are peaking now, when the DA has only been governing for a short time. Was it not the ANC who governed the province from 1994 until 2009? These protests are not about service delivery. It the politics of thuggery! What a shame that 100 years of history is reduced to pure thuggery and criminality.

      wo0two0t - 2012-08-15 09:11

      It’s easier for the ANC to make the WC ungovernable than to make their own provinces governable.

  • sarita.devilliers.5 - 2012-08-14 18:43

    Treat them the way they behave.They contribute to nothing but expect to just receive whatever they demand.Kids have kids and then just dump them to become the so called under privilege.I am just so gatvol for understanding where they are coming from!I am not responsible for your circumstances and refuse to feel guilty or even sorry for you.

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-08-14 19:39

      @musan ~ Do you know who your grandfather was?

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-08-14 18:46

    The ANC want the Western Cape as bad as Zuma wants his 2nd term, his jet and his zumaville and will fight until they get their hands on it. Really, its time these people are taught to start helping by working to uplift their areas. By letting them do some of the easy work, then call in the contractor to finish. Those people who are working and already paying for services are burned enough by paying tax so that those who do not have services can get them. Let these people now also start to help themselves by donating some of their time and energy to help uplift themselves. The Poor need to realise, nobody is going to take their hand and give them a job, nobody is going to give a bank account with a million rand in it. Nobody is going to give them designer furniture or an expensive motor car. They need to pull their weight and start working at getting a better life instead of waiting for manna to fall from heaven. I have seen a lot of poor families and they become very laid back, they become lazy and would rather wait to see who is going to come around and relieve their plight instead of trying to do something for themselves. When the communities have to work to help build and set up their areas there wont be the burn burn burn trash trash trash they will appreciate things much better.

  • matome.calvin.3 - 2012-08-14 18:50

    i would like to make utturence with regard to the issue of sabotage and vandalisation of property, why do these people do that ,do they need basic services or a person ,if i was them i would have not committed violent actions , because indeed they increase the shortage of services.

  • ADDIBERNETTE - 2012-08-14 19:05


      Watkykj - 2012-08-14 19:14

      So what??? It's ok for them to take other peoples lives? F@#k off!

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-08-14 19:40

      Do the people residing on the 'slopes of Table Mountain and along the Atlantic Seaboard' pay rates and taxes or do they get it for freee?

      Zahir - 2012-08-14 20:08

      The people protesting want free houses they demand it as it was promised to them by the anc if u give them that they want all services free but don't want to work or pay

      Matthew - 2012-08-15 09:31

      Make sure "Caps Lock" is off next time before you make stupid comments

      wo0two0t - 2012-08-15 09:52

      Addi - there are no laws preventing you from living on the "slopes of the mountain" you just need to work for it don’t expect someone else to do it for you. If it were not for that small % of people there would be no infrastructural development anywhere and if there were no services for them they would go elsewhere then where will you get you welfare from? FYI government don’t make any money they just take from the HARD working people.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-15 12:55

      AddiBernette. Squalor is caused by people and people can clean it up. You have a rubbish bin?. I am sure you use it, so can they. The city seems to work just well for you though but then you pay taxes don't you?.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-15 12:58

      Irene. buthelezi1, depends on what people you are talking about. The shack dwellers pay for nothing they want everything for free. The rest are responsbile citizens paying their dues. Your question is immature.

  • lester.nel - 2012-08-14 19:37

    DA stop these ancyl scum at all cost!if undermanned call us back in!

  • Mbavhalelo - 2012-08-14 19:53

    The ANCYL says things like dat even 2 de ANC itself, so de DA should stop de blame techtics and come up with a plan 2 solve problems of service delivery. Blaming de ANC n its youth wing is not going 2 change de facts. Instead of spending money on delivering de DA is prepared 2 spend money on buying evidence, typical white capital

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-15 13:04

      Mbavhalelo, if the DA delivers everything tomorrow, the ANC and the ANCYL will be f*cked. Typical white capital?? What a laugh. Go complain to your BEE buddies with their big houses and expensive cars and overseas shopping trips. They are the ones screwing you over, good and proper.

      Mbavhalelo - 2012-08-15 19:21

      Jaqui u use valga language, u dont deserve a conversation with me.

  • musan.thabethe - 2012-08-14 20:01

    Let D.A

  • ad.madock - 2012-08-14 20:29

    These anc/ancyl thugs must stop using service delivery and bucket systems as a motive to destroy government property and stoning cars ,even killing people to make a point.What works in the rest of SA wont necessarily work in the Western Cape. The Metro police and SAPS in the WC are more than capable of handling and curbing these violent behaviours ,unlike the rest of SA's .Thats why the planned service delivery protest was called of due to effective police work. Only the spontaneous once materialise.

  • Cameron - 2012-08-14 21:28

    Thanks for taking my comment off that sooo many people liked, scumbags!!!

  • tommie.roux - 2012-08-14 21:56

    "The reality is if there's protest action in other provinces, then they say there are service delivery problems. In the Western Cape there are service delivery problems," ---------- Eish man Fransman! The ANC-YL did not say it would make those other provinces ungovernable, BUT they did say that about the western cape

  • Patieluv - 2012-08-14 23:50

    Arggg these protests make me sick. Let us not be fooled into thinking that they are about service delivery. How does throwing a persons car with stones = service delivery? How does destroying the infrastructure we already have help with service delivery? These people are a bunch of lazy, uneducated, unemployed idiots who are intent on destroying other peoples lives. 1stly they are the ones who elected their ANC ward councillors. 2ndly does the City of Cape Town own that piece of land they live on? Shack dwellers have been known to build anywhere whether its legal or not. Lastly where is their memorandum? What are they doing to better their lives? They chose to go live in that area knowing fully well what the conditions are like.

      ad.madock - 2012-08-15 05:30

      Agree with you 100%..Ontop of that these squatters are bused in from other provinces trying to increase the number of anc suporters.They can import as many refugees/migrants as they want the WC will never see anc in power again because the coloured people got short changed the last time they stood with the anc. They plak themselves on a piece of land when they come here then demanding houses and sanitation even though people of the WC are on waiting list for 20 years or more.Go back to your corrupt provinces!Go back to where you throw away kids textbooks, where kids get raped and murdered, where insest is a norm(EC). Now i wanna see if these pro anc moderators will delete my post for speaking the truth.

  • pws69 - 2012-08-15 08:15

    The actions of these criminal thugs have resulted in the deaths of three innocent people. Shoot to kill. Charge the ANCYL leaders with treason (their actions are no different to that of the boeremag thugs) and jail them for ever.

  • stefan.kruger.1297 - 2012-08-15 08:18

    Ladies and Gents…. This is exactly what happens when you don’t take care of your people… I know that there is so many of us sitting in our homes waiting and hoping for this country to restore itself, but it will never be able to if we as a nation don’t start to work together… If you think about it logically, were 50 million people in this country, and were listening to a couple of 100 people in the government telling us how to live… We are the majority… We are the nation… It’s even selfish of us all to have turned into different nations… South Africa, Zimbabwe, Nairobi etc…. What about AFRICA itself!!! It’s our responsibility to take care of our brothers and sisters in our continent… Were the richest continent with all the minerals, and were allowing governments to sell everything for themselves… we need to WAKE THE F* UP!!

  • PetervdLinden - 2012-08-15 08:51

    ....... and here we are in the UK contemplating moving back to Cape Town and SA ......... erm.......... WHY WAS THAT AGAIN???

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-08-15 10:40

      You've got problems there place on earth is perfect. South Africa is still a wonderful country...we just need these folks to wake up and realize that...and be grateful for the small things in life.

  • pws69 - 2012-08-15 08:53

    What the newspapers DON'T report: "And in Khayelitsha’s TR section (from which most of the protestors allegedly came) construction workers were being prevented from going onto site to build houses the people were supposedly demanding. In a nearby settlement, where an electricity sub-station was recently built, the local community is refusing to allow the electricity servitude to cross their land, thus preventing the City from supplying electricity to the surrounding shack settlements. "

  • jacques.smit - 2012-08-15 09:37

    Western Cape for Independant Republic! U'll have my vote!

  • khutso.b - 2012-08-15 11:15

    disappointing remarks from the ANC... people are dying... why value votes more than people's lives?

      lester.nel - 2012-08-15 14:17

      Because Anc=cancer+death for our beloved south africa! Thats why my friend khuso

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