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Baloyi 'had to act' over Sasolburg

2013-01-24 13:04

Sasolburg - Co-operative Governance Minister Richard Baloyi said on Thursday he had to act when he found out there was a total collapse of order in Zamdela, Sasolburg.

Baloyi was explaining to reporters his decision to stop the proposed merger of the Metsimaholo and Ngwathe municipalities, in the Free State.

"I received information that the people of Zamdela [informal settlement] are protesting... and that there was a total collapse of order in the area, all on reasons associated with the differences on a matter that had to do with local government structures... I had to act," he said.

Violent protests

Residents in the area embarked on violent protests on Sunday in opposition to the proposed merger.

Since then four people have died, several have been injured and hundreds arrested. Several cars have been set alight and government buildings damaged in Zamdela.

A demarcation task team would monitor and ensure all processes related to the proposed changing of municipal boundaries in the country were above board, Baloyi said.

He insisted that he had a mandate to stop the proposed merger to ensure that all concerns related to it were dealt with, "until we are satisfied that the manner in which it is done is so transparent that it leaves no space for people to find faults in the process, or reduce that to a minimum".

Baloyi said part of the ministerial task team's job would be to ensure that all those affected by the proposed merger had a say in the matter.

On Thursday, residents of the area began returning to work.

"Everything is under control, although the situation is still tense," said Colonel Motantsi Makhele.

Comments
  • Erna - 2013-01-24 13:10

    Think he could have woken up a bit sooner.

      kalabafazi - 2013-01-24 13:24

      Si instead of restoring order using a well trained police force (hopefully) you gave in to the demands of the rabble rousers thereby setting a precedent for future protesters. If you kill, destroy, intimidate and loot we will accede to you demands. I think a very dangerous message has been sent out by government and I suspect things sre going to get nasty quickly from here on in.

      lacrimosewolf - 2013-01-24 20:12

      And so again, another 'idea' poorly thought out and/or poorly presented. Details as to WHY this merger was supposed to be a good idea are nowhere to be found (for ordinary people like me). For the politricksters and the rioters, you are all lousy communicators with no problem-solving skills

  • pdvermaak - 2013-01-24 13:10

    The president have been set now, now watch what is going to happen when you say no to some unhappy chap.

      pdvermaak - 2013-01-24 13:27

      precedent

      John - 2013-01-24 13:40

      President is zoomer the corrupt HA HA. All he sets is a vrot example.

  • annelise.venter.77 - 2013-01-24 13:12

    All you are teaching the unhappy population is that violent actions bring results! You always cave in. If you don't get your way burn down you neighbors house. This can not go on!

      lacrimosewolf - 2013-01-24 20:14

      Come and see the violence inherent in the system! (Monty Python)

  • james.ndamba - 2013-01-24 13:15

    All we here is residents are against the merger,but u ar not telling us why they dont want a merger.This is shallow journalism.

      lacrimosewolf - 2013-01-24 20:14

      We aren't hearing why the politicians think it's a good idea either.

  • raymond.mcnelly - 2013-01-24 13:18

    What a weak, spineless inbred!

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2013-01-24 14:48

      All he has done is to show the comrades that violence and distruction of property is an effective means to get what they want, and that violence and destruction pays off. Guess what's in store for SA? Epic levels of violence and destruction! And what would the side effects be?

  • christi.roestorff - 2013-01-24 13:25

    These guys are playing a game of monopoly with everyones lives!

  • gary.desousa.5 - 2013-01-24 13:28

    I will not be the last to ask why it took so long,why were all those processess not followed ,agreed apon,signed off before and why the anc must allow deaths before something gets done?

  • davy.botha - 2013-01-24 13:28

    The president was set before because one person on television said it is the norm now for people to protest violently before the government listens to them.This I blame on the government for not being assertive in there approach towards the striking perpetrators. And by also then trying to follow through on processes in regards to dispute resolutions!

      mogodi.mokone - 2013-01-24 14:28

      Hey Davy, You meant precedence (Not President)> I get your point though.

  • criticallyhonest - 2013-01-24 13:33

    There is a collapse of order everywhere that is associated with the anc. Why is that? Because of the examples set by the leader of the anc and the country. For the latest check out how zuma has normailsed corruption and theft of national resources. http://www.noseweek.co.za/article.php?current_article=2897

      cheshire.cat.33671748 - 2013-01-24 15:08

      Incredible!!! It is almost hard to believe that this criminal is now in charge. Mobsters, all of them - the internal ANC structures must all know this - and to let it happens can only mean that they are all getting a cut. Why has Mandela not said ANYTHING about this - he knew back then what Zuma was capable of, why let it go this far?

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2013-01-24 15:22

      Thank-you for that sir, an excellent read.

      lacrimosewolf - 2013-01-24 21:44

      They will tell you it is not a collapse at all. JZ at Davos told the world today that this is 'normal'. And he's right. They've done nothing to discourage what most of us consider to be lawlessness, so they must find it perfectly acceptable. As they keep getting voted back into power, the majority must too find it perfectly acceptable and normal. So let's all stop complaining about it because, as much as it offends our sense of right and wrong, this is the new normal. And there is nothing we can do to change it. More people think this is normal than those who do not. This is one of the risks of any democracy

  • musa.kamashobane - 2013-01-24 13:33

    ANC structures and leadership need to be careful how they operate including the Minister because the mayhem we have seen in Sasolburg/Zamdela was caused by the left not talking to the right, thereby giving the residents of the area two faced information. The Demarcation Board says something else on radio 702, The Minister said something else on the community radio and the protesters were told something different by the local Mayor. Surely some body(structure) made a hell of a mess of this merger proposal-I am not surprised that the community suggest that they will abandon ANC come election time - people's lives have been compromised - four deaths already - Marikana number how much hey?

      winifred.watson.9 - 2013-01-24 14:03

      Its time to stop misleading people, and exploiting them to. If the authorities would only be open and honest, then, things like this would not happen. On the other hand, we cannot allow people to run amok and vandalize other peoples property, that does not really solve anything, except it falls on all our shoulders and we are all made to pay for the damages. Time for the right things to be done and handled in the same fashion.

  • rowan.maulson - 2013-01-24 13:35

    It took you a bloody long time to act Richard... you need to up your game.

  • kobus.hattingh.5 - 2013-01-24 13:36

    Well, can you imagine what would happen once the ANC tries to enforce the e-tolling? Going to be MUCH worse!

      afrikeni - 2013-01-24 13:48

      Only a murmur, the surburbia will just create a record number on the comments section of the article which announces when the tolls will begin. AFTER that they will pay, spineless - wanna bet!!

      Chris - 2013-01-24 14:28

      Good idea Afrikeni...we should all go crazy and act like a bunch of animals when the e-tolls arrive. Is that what you propose? It seems to be the norm in South Africa judging bu the riots in Sasolburg and the Cape.

  • Eterni80 - 2013-01-24 13:38

    the ANC are so talented at causing damage and not at thinking ahead. when the $hit hits the fan they run and hide or adopt a no comment approach

      bobby.rosewood.1 - 2013-01-24 14:06

      Working together we can do more...damage

  • Deon - 2013-01-24 13:46

    This is not the way to act on criminal behaviour. We need a strong leader to stop this nonsense.

  • sphiwe.dllamini - 2013-01-24 13:49

    This beautiful country is going down the drain - and i can see that this cANCer thing does not have a brain!

  • vutisani.masangu - 2013-01-24 13:56

    Malamulele yo mi tsanda

      colin.dovey - 2013-01-24 14:10

      Jambo moja kuhusu wewe kuandika hapa kama wewe kufanya katika Kienyeji, ni kwamba wewe kudhani baadhi ya watu hawawezi kuelewa wewe lakini ...... nadhani nini? Wengi wetu kufanya!

  • vutisani.masangu - 2013-01-24 13:56

    Loko a mi languta na Malamulele hi ku wonge swa mi tsanda nwina Tatana Baloyi

  • vutisani.masangu - 2013-01-24 13:58

    Thulamela got problem and you are turning a blind eye. Ncindu wo kukula kule wu vuyisa kaya

  • charles.alfonso.7 - 2013-01-24 14:10

    And So Sasolburg burns. You would think that by now our Government would have learnt how to deal with the General public who are annoyed at decisions that are being made without consultation and that affect their lives. The most relentless enemy of achievement, personal growth, and success is inflexibility. John C Maxwell states that the top ten strategies for dealing with a dead horse: (ineffective organizations) are:- ... 1. Buy a stronger whip. 2. Change riders. 3. Appoint a committee to study the horse. 4. Appoint a team to revive the horse. 5. Send out a memo declaring the horse isn't really dead 6. Hire an expensive consultant to find "the real problem" 7. Harness several dead horses together for increased speed and efficiency. 8. Rewrite the standard definition of a live horse. 9. Declare the horse to be better, faster, cheaper when dead. 10. Promote the dead horse. Not remind you of the policies of our Government? Then there is the effective way of dealing with the horse. DECLARE IT DEAD AND DISMOUNT.It is time for our ANC led Government to move on. They have lost the plot.

      susan.pretorius.31 - 2013-01-24 14:27

      Spot on!

  • gladness - 2013-01-24 14:11

    us comrades must be consulted. also, there must be no corruption. where the anc is involved, there is always corruption. eish.

  • joe.whiteman.9 - 2013-01-24 14:20

    @ silvester moogoe I have grievances with you and you dont want to listen, so I will have to resort to violence!!!! Hope you are ready dimwit!!!!!!!!

      cheshire.cat.33671748 - 2013-01-24 15:18

      Precisely! Does he not SEE the error of his ways? His comment about necessary violence just made me lose hope. How do you build a nation with people that think that way??? ...and there are SOOOOO many of them that agree with him.

  • nicolas.gombert.16 - 2013-01-24 14:26

    A bit late Mr. Baloyi! Why was Ace Magashule (he heeds from Parys) allowed to run Parys into the ground? Why was no action taken against the ANC cadres who are in control of Parys, including Ace Magashule to rampantly destroy this once quint and well-off town? In a feeble attempt to rescue Parys, it was decided by the powers that be to incorporate Sasolburg into Parys (not the other way round!). Big business pumps millions of Rands into Sasolburg to at least keep some form of order, yet Ace Magashule couldn't wiat to get his greedy paws on the coffers of Sasolburg. It took the destruction of Sasolburg for Richard Baloyi to intervene, no doubt giving in to huge pressure from business and the residents of Sasolburg, who saw their town being stripped of all its assets. Too little, too late!

  • sharkie.fin - 2013-01-24 14:34

    Total collapse? There's buildings missing that the looters stole!!

  • Elizabeth Bothma - 2013-01-24 14:39

    And the only way to sort this out is to give in to their violence and demands?! Get away with it once and this is the way we will sort out our problems?!? What about the innocent people who's properties were destroyed and damaged, people who lost their lives?!? how will they be compensated?

  • nettie.potgieter.5 - 2013-01-24 14:43

    Where is the PRESIDENT or his second in charges? Seems like no cader in ANC goverment now their role and place in goverment. Surly a urgent situation like this need at least to most highest leader to take the lead?

  • tilovonbrandis - 2013-01-24 14:46

    As long as the ANC appoints its cadres to represent the community and the community does not elect a representatives, we will continue to have violent protest. The ANC cadre is not interested in the community because that position is a reward for being faithful to the top and therefore they are more busy wielding their power and riches instead of representing their community. The cadre councillors prefer hobnobbing with their peers, which is much more glamorous than working within their community as they have very little or no connection to that community.

  • pule.isaac.10 - 2013-01-24 15:45

    Guys can somebody out there agree or disagrees with me,this country is heading to a point where it is going to be made ungovernable because of the Anc factions,

  • Montagnes.Bleues - 2013-01-24 16:58

    Gauteng RING OF FIRE spreading like an Arab Tsunami in Spring blossom? ANC proposals to merge and topple DA successes backfired by any chance?

  • tusani.masoka - 2013-01-24 17:01

    Everything wrong blame it on government & the ANC. I must start smoking woonga & I would blame my bad habit on government. I don't want to be in these guys' shoes. They have become a "scape goat government"

  • Gideon.Viljoen - 2013-01-24 20:46

    Baloyi had to act or the DA would have kicked his ass

  • nadine.vanrensburg.52 - 2013-01-25 09:33

    ALICIA.... Im with you there... I believe the ANC is behind it all...they bring chaos to over rule Western Cape so why should they help if its part of their plan... THATS why we will never be so successful as Overseas..

  • seun.mogotji - 2013-01-30 20:53

    A bit late Mr. Baloyi! Why was Ace Magashule (he heeds from Parys) allowed to run Parys into the ground? Why was no action taken against the ANC cadres who are in control of Parys, including Ace Magashule to rampantly destroy this once quint and well-off town? In a feeble attempt to rescue Parys, it was decided by the powers that be to incorporate Sasolburg into Parys (not the other way round!). Big business pumps millions of Rands into Sasolburg to at least keep some form of order, yet Ace Magashule couldn't wiat to get his greedy paws on the coffers of Sasolburg. It took the destruction of Sasolburg for Richard Baloyi to intervene, no doubt giving in to huge pressure from business and the residents of Sasolburg, who saw their town being stripped of all its assets. Too little, too late!

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