70 arrested in Sharpeville protest

2012-03-21 17:51

Johannesburg - Seventy people were arrested in Sharpeville, in southern Gauteng, during protests, police said on Wednesday.

"Protesters allegedly broke into a Usave shop and a Boxer Supermarket and looted the groceries inside," Warrant Officer Aubrey Moopeloa said.

They will appear in the Vereeniging Magistrate's court soon.

Sharpeville residents burnt tyres and marched on Tuesday because the main Human Rights Day celebrations were being held in Kliptown, Soweto.

Human Rights Day was previously known as Sharpeville Day to commemorate the shooting of 69 black protesters by the police in 1960.

Gauteng provincial police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said protests in Sharpeville and Kya Sands had ended on Wednesday.

"Crowds in Kya Sands informal settlement dispersed around 11:00," Dlamini said.

About 150 residents of Kya Sands were protesting earlier on Wednesday over service delivery issues.

Dlamini said some roads in Sharpeville were still blocked due to the rocks that were packed out by angry residents.

  • jaap.kotze - 2012-03-21 17:58

    They just don't understand what ANYTHING is about!

      Andrew - 2012-03-21 18:29

      What do you mean by "they" ?

      Rob - 2012-03-21 19:11

      Any excuse to plunder, pillage & generally cause havoc & utter chaos. Crazy.

      Tanie - 2012-03-21 19:22

      Your forefathers plantation is blossoming now, why are you amused japie? you seems to be one of 'they',failing to understand 'ANYTHING'.

  • Adam - 2012-03-21 17:59

    52 years later, now they shooting their own. Thats progress.

      Andrew - 2012-03-21 18:30

      What do you mean by "they" and "their own"?

      Burtfred - 2012-03-21 18:36

      Hey Mbuyiswa, It is so sad that you think anyone not black is bad. You have a serious problem dude.

      rowen.loretz - 2012-03-21 18:48

      Mbuyisa , that is not very constructive, This is everyone's country not just yours and your race. Grow up.

      Nicola Erasmus - 2012-03-21 19:06

      I thought the tables have turned already...eish, this affirmative action thing is confusing :S

      Trevor - 2012-03-21 19:12

      @Andrew, stop being a want to comment by asking a question then do so like an adult, not like a 5yr old.

      Fourhundredkg - 2012-03-21 19:12

      @Andrew: 'What do you mean by "they" and "their own"? ' Probably the same people Mbuyiswa refers to as 'we'!

      Frank - 2012-03-21 19:21

      Hi Mrasi, This means we are all on equal footing which is good. The blacks are rascists, the whites are rascists, and we are therefore all pricks. In 50 years time we will celebrate another Sharpeville day, the day the rascist ANC persecuted the poor, oppressed looters and arsonists of Sharpeville in 2012.

      Frank - 2012-03-21 19:27

      This mess has got nothing to do with the massacre 52 years ago. This is just a good reason for the boys to have some fun and blow off some steam on their day off.

      Niki - 2012-03-21 19:50

      @ Mbuyiswa Mrasi: One Usave shop and one Boxer supermarket have fallen to your pals. What exactly sets them apart from common criminals?

  • Pixie86 - 2012-03-21 18:02

    i'm embarrased on their behalf. This was so unneccesary and immature. #shaking my head in disbilief#

  • wesleywt - 2012-03-21 18:06

    Oh the irony.

  • IAnon - 2012-03-21 18:08

    Sad Reality ...

  • Schmee - 2012-03-21 18:17

    Burning people with tyres and now this?

  • Lynda - 2012-03-21 18:19

    Oh wow and the wheel turns.......I think???

  • Puleng - 2012-03-21 18:20

    I just wish that people will wake up cause this thing is no longer protest. Thugs are using this opportunity to do their dirty work and in the mean time our property are being broken into and damaged.At this moment 90% of all the shops have been looted. Poor Somalians and Pakistans have been the victims of this whole thing again. Come on people wake up. Where is Ubuntu now!!!

      Anna - 2012-03-22 12:01

      you obsol right sister, any one who does not have business to do take chances when this arises.

  • felican - 2012-03-21 18:23

    :( - Sadly - We learn about History - But even more sad - We learn absolutely nothing from History via Felicity's Brain Thoughts Shuffle ©2012

  • Ruan - 2012-03-21 18:35 the say....."History repeats itself......."

  • nicolain.s.shabangu - 2012-03-21 18:43

    Andrew, i commend you on your comments, we need to realise that South Affica is no longer about "us" and "them". We should work together as a counrty to move us and it begins at an individual level. @Adam, I understand that you might be referring to black people in your statement but as a citizen, when things like this happen, you dont just make such a comment that is not encouraging for unity and transformation in South Africa.

      Trevor - 2012-03-21 19:13

      You want unity and understanding then, don't vote ANC...simple as that.

  • rowen.loretz - 2012-03-21 18:44

    imagine if these protesters also got shot...a repeat of history ....

  • Sanet Oelofse - 2012-03-21 18:47

    Okay, so who is to blame for this?

      Trevor - 2012-03-21 19:14

      National Party...or the Democratic Alliance...or...the White man..or....The Bloody hang on, those agents are white too...

  • gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-03-21 18:51

    So little has changed over the years..... if anything at all.

      Sanet Oelofse - 2012-03-21 19:09

      If the people are the same and the government has changed... hmmmm...

  • Trevor - 2012-03-21 19:10

    LMFAO....this is really funny.....Viva ANC VIVA.....

  • Rob - 2012-03-21 19:18

    Will the ANC compensate the Store owners, although probably insured for this type of thing, they should though.

  • ISO - 2012-03-21 19:19

    You can stop protesting now, apartheid is long gone!

  • Serame - 2012-03-21 19:20

    From what i know..The reason pupil are fighting for this is because of the budget that i allocated in the name of 'Sharpeville Day'.This money is requested from the provincial government in the name of 'sharpeville day'and once the money has been allocated to the 'councillor/Mayor'then they organise their cronies to hijack the event to suit the pockets of some power hungry bellies..The money is meant to developed infrastructure,look after the precinct,etc..Go to sharpville now'll notice that there is no developemnt..but yet this money is spent every year...I do believe though that some thugs/criminals take advantage of situation like this to loot supermarkets..and that is wrong..

  • Mantsho - 2012-03-21 19:26

    History my foot,now people dont care, they want houses, clean streets and electricity, and they (ANC)cannot provide, all they do is always remind the people about the past, look at the countries like America, they got over their past and build their country together. can SA learn from them.

  • jaap.kotze - 2012-03-21 19:33

    @Andrew. The totally stupid and destructive people in question. Why do you ask?

  • Phil.Kleynhans - 2012-03-21 19:41

    How do we build SA with corruption and hate. Many live goes not in the direction we choice. A while ago there was a 13 yr girl at an international confernce telling all goverment officials of the world to see what they are doing to the world. Check youtube " wake up " SA

  • Serame - 2012-03-21 19:46

    @@OOM KRIEL..You comment insensitive and way out of line..What does HIV+ MENSTRUATION have to do with this topic..U make me sickkkkkk

  • werner.smidt - 2012-03-21 20:02

    Hey, guys. . .it's my birthday today. Is it politically incorrect to be happy and eat cake?

  • Daniël - 2012-03-21 20:16


  • Kaycee - 2012-03-22 02:16

    JA neh I see some people just love to hate... what the people of sharpville did is wrong and what happen 2 them is also wrong can we once as a country work together to solve a crisis?

  • Thepudi - 2012-03-22 07:18

    Hope the ANC will not move people away from celebrating the voortrekkers in Voortrekker monument. Watch it, its coming.

      Sanet Oelofse - 2012-03-22 09:41

      And even if they do, I am sure none of them will set things alight or loot shops, that is for sure.

  • Anna - 2012-03-22 12:03

    people needs to grow up and move on with the future we need peace pls!!!

  • NatachaElizabethAnne - 2012-03-22 12:13

    This is a repeat of History and what for? We cant have a day for every town that was violated during apartheid, so as a country we must have unity and remember all the fallen, of every town. Those families in a towns other than Sharpville also needs to have the presence of the ANC because the entire nation then also remembers them in their sorrow. There were many massacres, not only Sharpville and its not personal on the people of Sharpville for a country to look to others as well.

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