Angry protesters attack firefighters

2012-07-31 20:31

Johannesburg - One person was shot and wounded and two others were injured when a protest turned violent in Kagiso, on the West Rand, on Tuesday, police said.

The protests started on Monday afternoon when two children were knocked down by a truck on Tudor Road. One of them died.

Warrant Officer Solly Sibiya said the protesters pelted vehicles on the road with stones on Tuesday. Two police officers were injured, and a protester was wounded.

"Our members were treated on the scene, and the wounded protester was taken to hospital."

Sibiya said protesters set alight parts of the municipal building. They also barricaded roads leading into the township, and to the Chamdor industrial area.

Firefighters were attacked when they arrived. Police had to use rubber bullets and teargas to protect them.

Earlier, residents refused to listen when Mogale City municipality officials tried to speak to them. They wanted Mayor Koketso Calvin Seerane to speak to them.

The residents said they had previously asked the municipality to construct speed bumps on the road, but that nothing was done, he said.

Sibiya said the police were keeping a close watch, and that the situation had quietened down.

  • keith.recore - 2012-07-31 21:00

    absolutely ridiculous, attack the one group of people (firefighters) who are one group that is protecting what little some do have. Where are the leaders when things have gotten so bad firefighters are the target of rage. DISGUSTING!

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-07-31 22:09

      When mobs form there's no rationality, no logical thought. We see it the world over. We have to worry about how easily people reach this level of rage

  • piet.boerie - 2012-08-01 07:08

    South Africans in general have a culture of violence. We sort our problems out with violence. The worst issue here is burning community property. We know when this is organised by the ANC when they burn their property, this is the culture from the 1960's and evident in every rally where property is destroyed. Shame on you for attacking those who help.

  • KobieSchantellJooste - 2012-08-01 08:45

    I do condemn their actions, but hear this out ... The residents asked for speed bumps, Mogale City did NOT buget for any new projects ... They do not have the funds ... Why? In 2010 with the Soccer World Cup R1.7m was approved for marketing ... the officials overspent more than R20m on this, and the residents did NOT profit out of this action. This is the same with the Bob van Reenen Stadium ... The President of S.A., Minister of Sport, Premier of Gauteng, Mogale City, Athletics South Africa or Central Gauteng Athletics are doning NOTHING! You fight against a wall! That's why residents take up arms - they are Fed Up with the so-called Managers in S.A. This land is going to BURN! Hello Zimbabwe, here we come!

  • huey.freeman.963 - 2012-08-01 09:10

    Build the speedbumps! Why should children have to die?

  • mirrorman.smith - 2012-08-01 09:33

    So next time, the firefighters must simply not pitch. If that happens, the people will protest that they did not come. If they do come, they are attacked. Ridiculous. Also, why throw stones at other cars?? What will that solve? The mind boggles....

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