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ANC condemns 'brutal' pay point shoot-out

2013-04-12 18:08

Johannesburg - The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal is appalled by the brutality shown by robbers who attacked a pension pay point in Lindelani, it said on Friday.

"The ANC strongly condemns this ferocious incident and commends the police for their swift response that led to the arrest of one suspect," the party said in a statement.

"We hope the police will continue searching for the suspects who are still at large."

Police spokesman Captain Thulani Zwane said a group of men opened fire at a pension pay point in the Lindelani area of Durban's KwaMashu township on Friday morning.

A pensioner died at the scene, while two security guards died at a nearby clinic.

Three other people were injured. One of the armed robbers was arrested. The others fled in a car.

Zwane said the robbers took the security guards' guns. No pension money was stolen.

The African National Congress in the province urged the SA Social Security Agency to strengthen security at all pay points in the province.

"We send our condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives at the hands of these mindless killers."

Comments
  • SharonE - 2013-04-12 18:13

    Condemn???? Really???? Don't condemn - prevent!!!! As ruling party the ANC has an obligation to ensure the safety of the citizens of South Africa. That is why everyone pays tax. Do your job.

      lacrimosewolf - 2013-04-12 18:39

      Condemn away. The govt's one resounding, unequivocal success is to have created a nation of socio- and psychopaths. There's no 'one tablet a day' solution for this problem.

      nu_un_clear - 2013-04-12 18:42

      Unless that tablet is made out of lead and travels very fast.

      Om Nom Nom - 2013-04-12 20:41

      The best of all is if they are caught & sent to jail... they will still be able to vote.

      King OfThiefs - 2013-04-13 10:53

      HA-HA, you can see the ANC is hard at work to get money for the 2014 election.

  • Michael Kleber - 2013-04-12 18:15

    Thats rich from the ANC , rather do something about crime you are running the country by the way

  • Warren Nel - 2013-04-12 18:17

    Neanderthals with guns..... Now thats always a problem.

      Mike Jones - 2013-04-12 18:55

      Neanderthals never carried guns.

      Tersia Louw - 2013-04-12 22:27

      But Neanderthals walk among us, and NOW they carry guns. And breed.

      Mike Jones - 2013-04-13 09:26

      Why does Homo Sapiens Sapiens always blame someone else? It seems we are genetically engineered that way.

  • Hugo Venter - 2013-04-12 18:23

    They talk the talk but can't walk the walk. Who's in charge of the police again?

      Klaus Muller - 2013-04-12 18:27

      Ms Thatcher mentioned, you want to talk about it get a man, you want something done, get a women - Hellen Zille and Partners, YOU ARE NEEDED!!

  • Craig Pillay - 2013-04-12 18:23

    Stop condemning and do something constructive!!

      mantsho.tlali - 2013-04-12 20:00

      Like What?

      Francois Conradie - 2013-04-12 22:33

      Tlali like what? Like stop spending R200+ million on yourself and putting R200+ million into protecting the people of this country.

  • Humbulani Mudzanani - 2013-04-12 18:25

    Maybe it's 'apartheid' fault....Neh Mr Pres?

  • Martin Brink - 2013-04-12 18:27

    Then create jobs for commercially unemployable people! Allow them to grow self confidence and ultimately a social conscience and cr.p like this will not happen - simply because the perps will be hunted down and killed by their own. Serial criminals all started with housebreaking etc.

      lacrimosewolf - 2013-04-12 18:33

      For these types of criminals, unemployability is not the issue. Nor is it the 'easy money'. These are people totally devoid of reason and humanity. A job will not cure what ails them.

  • Nicholas Vilakazi - 2013-04-12 18:28

    Who said the robbers are Zulus? Uyaphapha boy

      Johann Enslin - 2013-04-13 17:16

      Probably a Xhosa?

  • Motlhatlhedi WA Mogaka - 2013-04-12 18:29

    Those are the results of capitalismt and corruption

      randomhero6661 - 2013-04-13 10:04

      www.mozilla.org/firefox - it comes with spell check, because IE sucks!

  • Tony van Niekerk - 2013-04-12 18:29

    Interesting however, that we do not hear our government condemning this sort of attack. Shouldn't someone from Government be speaking out? Why just a political party?

      SharonE - 2013-04-12 18:35

      That is a conundrum. If you acknowledge something, then you must address it. If you don't acknowledge, then where is the problem?

  • Mlamli Jikeka - 2013-04-12 18:31

    its to much bring death sentence life is sentence is not helping.

      lacrimosewolf - 2013-04-12 20:24

      We need a discussion on 'life' sentences. Because in ZA life is 25yrs. Not 'for the rest of their lives. Then they kick in good behaviour and other 'remedial evidence' - like attending a workshop for 3 weeks. The % of people sentenced to life and who will actually stay in prison for the rest of their lives is less than 1%. It's outrageous, yet the judiciary in collusion with prison services in collusion with the parole board continue to ensure that we citizens will continue to be victimised by these 'lifers'

  • Strikeback - 2013-04-12 18:33

    Discipline starts at the top. Show people you do not accept this type of behaviour and they will listen. Your attitude and general interrest in crime shows a "don't care" approach. Useless leadership is the breeding ground for lawlessness! Start enforcing rules at school level, on the roads and where the foundation is laid. People grow into lawless criminals if the "right and wrong" is not learnt at an early age. Every act that you "condem" - just highlight how useless you are as leaders. Pull yourself together - you are losing it! www.strikeback.co.za

  • Craig Wilson - 2013-04-12 18:42

    thanks for condemning this anc!where would we be today if you didnt condemn it.hey...i condemn corruption.

  • Derek Chapman - 2013-04-12 18:56

    Well put Sir

  • Derek Chapman - 2013-04-12 18:59

    Condolences to the families of those who died

  • Tommy Hains - 2013-04-12 19:01

    And you cowards running this country still don't want the death penalty? Must more defenceless people die at the hands of scum? It takes men with balls to run a country not sissies. We need leaders with balls. None in this government has any.

  • Nick Parsons - 2013-04-12 19:10

    All the ANC ever does is 'condemn', what use is that!? How about doing something proactive and useful for a change.

      lacrimosewolf - 2013-04-12 19:54

      They know everything, except How and When

  • Bryan A T Maskell - 2013-04-12 19:17

    Yet another case of 'affirmative shopping' ....

  • Kuda Machiwana - 2013-04-12 19:23

    Who would steal, and kill pensioners??? Just take the money and not the lives! Gvt needs to take more action in such crimes and come up with stiffer sentences for anyone found and convicted. They also need to implement more secure measures of giving pple their grant monies.

  • Muenda Ramulongo - 2013-04-12 19:28

    Why the ANC not the goverment?

      Arthur Salvado - 2013-04-13 08:10

      The ANC is the government ? Muenda, do you know something we don't ? Please share if the government is someone other than the ANC

  • Alan Street - 2013-04-12 19:30

    3 more illegal weapons on the loose! Now they probably on their way to a farm.

  • Joe Bizzah - 2013-04-12 19:47

    Bring back death penalty or shut up

  • jungleboy - 2013-04-12 19:55

    Stuipd condeming anyone except the ANC leadership who are completely ineffective at combating crime. Wouldn't surprise me if they weren't ANC cops.

  • Sello Ka Homani - 2013-04-12 20:03

    sum guy who was sentenced to 10yrs told me that in prison by just attending workshops it counts as good behaviour.

  • Leonard Tsolo - 2013-04-12 20:16

    The loss of innocent lives is what we don't expect in our country.However, looting tax payers money is what South Africa is all about.Why ANC cry foul when others also want a peace of the cake. When they (ANC) steal, no one cries. Why?

  • Colin Murray - 2013-04-12 20:18

    These bloody thieving thugs are most probably cANCer card holders who are tipped off as to where their easy targets are. That I would expect from the rulling party thugs as the cookie jar is almost empty. When they catch them if ever they should be shot dead on site.

  • Leon van der Linde - 2013-04-12 20:20

    Do they really send their condolences? We thought , the more pensioners die, the less they need to pay out, the more for themselves. If the ANC is serious, they will re-instate the death penalty. Otherwise it is only empty words that means squat.

  • bcluley - 2013-04-12 20:22

    anc r for very cleva

      Tersia Louw - 2013-04-12 22:33

      What?

  • G.I Jane - 2013-04-12 20:23

    The ANC condemns every little thing but do nothing about it.Hopeless government

  • Gerald Beer - 2013-04-12 20:54

    We hope the police will continue searching for the suspects who are still at large.. Why, don't they normally?

  • AndrĂ© Smit - 2013-04-12 21:17

    Yet the ANC allows illegals to stream into our country and to commit these crimes. Send them all back to their own countries where behavior like that is not tolerated. Condemning every incident makes for nice politics but does squat to change the situation.

  • Leon Marais - 2013-04-12 21:19

    RDP. Revenge of the dark people.

  • Celumusa Mahlambi - 2013-04-12 21:56

    Those of u who want the death penalty back: Do u realise dat some of the people doing life in prison are completely innocent! Our system is a disgrace imagine how distgusting it will b hanging innocent men! And politicians and superiour South Africans who find themselves on the other side of the law go free!

      Francois Conradie - 2013-04-12 22:30

      Listen I think 1 in 10000 people in jail are maybe innocent but go to prison and ask every inmate, they will definatly tell you they all are innocent.

      lacrimosewolf - 2013-04-12 22:34

      Yep. Also, even in death penalty countries (or certain states in the USA) those who are guilty are not sentenced today and executed tomorrow SEE http://www.news24.com/World/News/US-man-executed-for-girls-1980-killing-20130411. India has a 466 YEAR backlog in their death penalty cases - which means pretty much everyone dies without ever being executed. I think we would have the same problem here.

  • Sulette Behnke - 2013-04-12 23:58

    They condemn everything, I'm sure they have some poor bloke waiting for bad news at a desk just writing the same note everytime,....We, the ANC condemn .....they never condemn farm murders though , only the brutal murders of the elderly, in selected cases.

  • Fortune Sibiya - 2013-04-13 05:16

    No wonder Zuma is like this he was born in Kwazulu-Natal(Nkandla)

      Celumusa Mahlambi - 2013-04-13 09:14

      And u r 4rom?

  • NewsNut - 2013-04-13 05:23

    Give me more work pleas sir More Work!

  • Peter Zylstra - 2013-04-13 06:51

    This again confirms the notion that the africans are a brutal nation!

  • Makgopa Samuel - 2013-04-13 07:06

    pls bring back our soldiers to protect us.

  • Arthur Salvado - 2013-04-13 08:09

    The ANC is incapable of doing anything except fatten their wallets. Of course, family and friends come to play with tax payers money as well. Get rid of the ANC

  • Altus Kirsten - 2013-04-13 08:31

    Wat jy saai sal jy maai....

  • Altus Kirsten - 2013-04-13 08:33

    194,000 police and 2,000,000 private security gaurds in SA. Go figure!

  • Altus Kirsten - 2013-04-13 08:38

    Bring back the death penalty! The only option for these thugs is to hang by their toes untill the blood pressure in their heads pop their brain.

  • William Joseph Roberts - 2013-04-13 08:38

    It is not a state secret that criminals are targetting these soft targets-deploy the police and it will keep them busy!

  • William Joseph Roberts - 2013-04-13 08:41

    What are the gunfree idiots saying now.

  • Sydwell Somashini - 2013-04-13 12:15

    We all know what causes crime...lack of jobs..we all know what causes lack of jobs...lack of education (choice)or lack of strategies to train or improve on uneducated fellows (can be done by government "...")...now back to the beginning, our robbers saw the government failed them and they decided to take short cut...so from now stop blaming the robbers start blaming the government since they are the one who robbed the robbers and the robbers robbed the pensioners (every action...there's reaction)

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-04-13 12:39

    What about all the rest of the crime, do they condemn that too?.

  • Dagga Movement - 2013-04-13 14:40

    We codemn rape we condemn. we condemn. we condemn. we condemn yet the anc does nothing

  • Melanie van Minnen - 2013-04-14 15:47

    Typical Corrupt and Nasty ANC.... they only condemn Black on Black killings .. Racists!!!!! Why don't they be Honest Politicians and Condemn ALL Crimes!!!!!! Cannot blame Apartheid for these crimes committed by their brothers. Apartheid ENDED LONG AGO... This is hard ongoing crime.

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