Benoni protesters: We want houses

2012-10-17 12:31

Johannesburg - Hundreds of informal dwellers took to the streets of Wattville township near Benoni on Wednesday, demanding houses.

About 500 people walked to the department of housing where they were expected to deliver a memorandum.

Many in the crowd were carrying sticks, with some holding golf clubs.

"We want houses. We are tired of living like this," said a man who declined to be named.

"Until when will we live in shacks?" read some of their placards.

Among the protesters were children dressed in school uniform.

At the department's premises, officials remained behind locked gates. It was unclear whether anyone would come out to address the crowd.

A police helicopter hovered above while several police vehicles cordoned off the entrances.

One housing department official was escorted out of the building by policemen holding guns and batons.

Hundreds of informal settlement dwellers, from Emandleni, Emlotheni, and local hostel sections on the outskirts of the Wattville township, gathered for the march to the CBD on Wednesday morning.

"We vote but get nothing in return," said protester Ludwick Mavundla.

Workers and schoolchildren were hindered from leaving the township as road exits were blockaded. Taxis were also not operating.

"We don't know why they are including us in this," said a resident who identified herself as Sarah.
A circular distributed in the township on Tuesday called for a peaceful march.

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  • kala.bafazi - 2012-10-17 12:37

    You voted for the wrong party you fools. And when those "kind" folks come around handing out free black, yellow and green t-shirts in a few months time, you'll vote for them again. So until you change your vote and get a job there will only ever be a shack for you.

      lownabester - 2012-10-17 12:47

      Agree, ANC must now deliver, they have been promising since before 1994, people are getting fed-up. Vote DA. Zuma, you have problems, big, huge problems.

      koo.doyle - 2012-10-17 13:06

      *applauds* well said.

      tim.gordon.5011516 - 2012-10-17 13:13

      Instead of Benoni - they should be zooming off to Nkandla to complain - there's even a nice new road to get them there.

      JaredVN - 2012-10-17 13:19

      @Kala - Could not have said it better myself. Let those who protest, but then carry on voting for the ANC eat grass and rot in their shacks, because they are clearly too stupid to deserve anything better.

      denis.dendrinos - 2012-10-17 13:21

      Wait - I just need to march to get a house?! Whoooopeeeee *puts on his takkies* Seriously though - what do you expect. With education levels where they are, they hear the ANC promise something and pretty much expect it the next day. Hey free houses - expected soon. Good jobs - wait - you're not a CEO yet? But surely that's what was promised? Free electricity - sure, but first we wait 18 years before building any new stations!! Free education - no problem - books just manufacture themselves and teachers don;t need to get paid. Free university - see above, add that intellectual content is free isn't it? And screw the costs of training and pracs - the whites should just fork those over since we all own land and farms and mines right?>

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-17 13:45

      As I mentioned in a previous post: A promise made to them on 11 February 1990. Among other things .....

      jacques.stander - 2012-10-17 13:58

      Well said bra !!

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-17 14:54

      @Sechaba Virgil Ndlovu. I don't like "The African in you" why don't you then set an example ??

      p.borchard - 2012-10-17 14:55

      Langa, the fact that you are even asking the question just proves my point that you deserve a. to be made a fool of by your precious anc and b. be insulted by the rest of us because we can see how studpid anyone who still believe the promisses of the anc and on top of that STILL VOTE FOR THEM! WAKE UP DUDE, THERE IS LIFE OUT THERE!!!

  • wake.up.564 - 2012-10-17 12:39

    really...this is what you get when you allow anybody and everybody to throw their toys when something is not how they want it. pathetic that the nobody does anything about all the strikes in this country.

  • bibi.vanzyl - 2012-10-17 12:40

    Move in with Zuma, he will have space for you in his new 250mil upgrade. Better still claim your (providing you are a SA citizen) RDP house from the government right now as they have just eaten and partied away almost 5bil. That is 97 000 houses I believe.

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-10-18 13:54

      Ja just look at all them fatso jelly bellies in Parliament. I think they had to get bigger chairs!

  • helen.derobillard - 2012-10-17 12:41

    I want I want I want that is all this nation knows

      lownabester - 2012-10-17 12:48

      No Helen, they have been promised these basic things by the ANC, which failed to deliver, they never ever mentioned back in 1994 that anyone must work for it,

      alan.gernet - 2012-10-17 13:01

      Nah Helen - not "I want' .. it's "I demand..."

      thusla.molepo - 2012-10-17 13:32

      .....and demand

      alan.gernet - 2012-10-17 14:33

      Whoo eh eh .. just one braincell is enuff!

  • cobus123456 - 2012-10-17 12:42

    No one gave me a house I had to work for it, why can they not do that

      Jaap - 2012-10-17 13:16

      How do you expect them to work and by a house. Striking and burning down property take up all their time!

  • tumisang.kolobe - 2012-10-17 12:43

    They have a right to access a house, when the President who earns a salary of above a million and can afford a bond but his house needs an upgrade of above R200 million, this people were not supposed to be protecting if Zuma didn’t waste money

      alan.gernet - 2012-10-17 13:04

      yeah - but Zoomzzoom is also supposed to work for his house and upgrades as well. He however does not use the "I Demand' principle .. he uses the "I Take" principle

      sxp - 2012-10-17 13:16

      In the real world no-one is guaranteed anything, barring that what he can afford through hard work. In effect your view is that it is okay to steal from one person to give to another and that is unlawful.

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-10-18 13:56

      Well that's exactly what us whities have been moaning about for ages... And worse yet he's doing it with MY money! But the ANC promised these guys in exchange for their vote so now they must cough up or reap the whirlwind. I just hope we don't all get killed. Oh hang on that's already happening too!

  • hudayfah.newman - 2012-10-17 12:44

    \We vote but get nothing in return,\ said\r\nprotester Ludwick Mavundla. And guess where your cross is going again next elections. This illusion of getting everything for free needs to be stopped. Creating jobs, working, getting yourself an education, these are the things that works hand in hand to create a better future. The \everything for free\ picture painted by the ANC is a lie. The sooner we realise that, the better.

  • christopher.m.lowe - 2012-10-17 12:47

    And what do YOU want? Only 67 days to Christmas!

      alan.gernet - 2012-10-17 13:16

      I want nothing for Christmas - I DEMAND everything!

  • alfred.neumann.142 - 2012-10-17 12:48

    You got exactly what voted for, now wallow in it. This has to be the most self entitled nation the human race has ever seen. And by the way, how is it that these homeless folks are wielding golf clubs? Is golf a weekend hobby or is it merely one of the perks of 'affirmative shopping'?

      msophiasharp - 2012-10-17 13:51

      Bet you majority of our stolen household and other goods will be found in so-called informal settlements/shacks LOL

      alan.gernet - 2012-10-17 13:55

      whaaahaaa - affirmative shopping!

  • harley.quin.334 - 2012-10-17 12:48

    We vote but get nothing in return...... that has to be the quote of the decade, welcome to reality

  • frank.desousa.10 - 2012-10-17 12:49

    Hey will u guys are getting something for nothing,save me the corner. I want to open a cafe

  • karen.peacock.54 - 2012-10-17 12:49

    They obviously don't have an education to start with since they seem only now to have realised that if you vote ANC you get nothing in return......wake up and smell the stench in the squatter camp.

  • waldo.strydom.9 - 2012-10-17 12:50

    Go ask the president you voted into power for some of the R247 million he is spending on his own house.

  • vandeventer.sarel - 2012-10-17 12:51

    The way the anc is looting the coffers u wil never get housing. Vote udm or acdp ratheru cant be blind your whole life

      alan.gernet - 2012-10-17 13:05

      looting the coffers .. hmmmm

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-17 12:52

    Find a way to make money (lawfully) as others have had to do and others all over the world have had to do, and stop demanding.

  • helio.paulo.7 - 2012-10-17 12:54

    So it has come to this, people expect housing to be provided for free... School kids protest, skipping school, so that they too will one day not be able to achieve anything for themselves....WOW what a bloody mess!!!

  • jason.heineberg - 2012-10-17 12:55

    ANC election strategy 1. Step 1: Promise free stuff 2. Step 2: Do nothing 3. ???? 4. PROFIT!!!

      denis.dendrinos - 2012-10-17 13:25

      2.1 Collect taxes and urge honest hard working people to be honest about it. 2.2 Erode the rights and safety of those paying taxes.

      Andrea - 2012-10-17 15:39

      3. Replace original promises with new ones, just change the words a bit (they won't know the difference);

  • busisiwe.kubeka1 - 2012-10-17 13:00

    Speed up land redistribution without Compasation,we can't stay like pigs in our motherland

      nicolaas.vanschalkwyk.5 - 2012-10-17 13:12

      What does land redistribution have to do with your pathetic ANC not keeping to their promises

      sxp - 2012-10-17 13:21

      Do what is right and work, even second job if needed. That's how I did it and you can to. Easy come, easy go is still true today. No man should get anything he did not work for with his own hands or mind.

      JHLR73 - 2012-10-17 13:26

      And what are you going to stay in then? Nn an empty peace of land? Build a shack again??

      alan.gernet - 2012-10-17 13:31

      yeah - taking arable land to turn it into desert wasteland has worked fantastically well in the rest of Africa. Why not here too? Maybe putting a cap on the breeding program would go a lot further to improving living conditions for the nation...

      Spiral - 2012-10-17 13:33


      Jane - 2012-10-17 13:42

      Hey, here is something to think about busisiwe, get a job and earn a living and pay rent or a bond like every one else. What makes black people so special that they must be given everything for free. We want! We Demand! We will strike! Where does this mentality come from? you guys have nothing, because you rely on handouts from the government, who gets their money from people like me who has to go to work everyday to pay taxes to support your kind so that you can get child grants for your 10 children, and then still have the nerve to demand free education and free housing!

      bibi.vanzyl - 2012-10-17 14:54

      @busisiwe: are you Khoi. Sorry bru they were here first.

  • anthro45 - 2012-10-17 13:02

    Don't march to the department of housing. They work under orders of the government. March to one of Zuma's mansions. He is wasting the money that could ensure a better life for you. And next time, TRY and think before you vote.

  • darryl.earnshaw - 2012-10-17 13:03

    Ja and when they give you a house who pays for the electricity and water supplies? Hau, nobody told me I must pay for the water and electricity, I want for free too. Ah the joys......... On another point why the locked gates, Zuma and co said South Africa is a safe country????

      Jane - 2012-10-17 13:44

      @Dazza22, when their water and electricity gets cut because they didn't pay, they will burn down their free house in protest, African mentallity

      darryl.earnshaw - 2012-10-17 14:35

      Good point Jane, I should have mentioned that!!

  • yolanda.haripersad.1 - 2012-10-17 13:06

    Why can't they say "We are tired of living like this, give us jobs so we can provide for ourselves"

      Spiral - 2012-10-17 13:34

      if only :)! The masses in this country have such a "poor me" mentality!

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-10-18 14:07

      Maybe we should try a bit of empathy and understand their actions. They were taught that striking and chaos was the only way to bring down apartheid (and having many children). Is it any wonder that mass action happens now again? I think traditional African culture is almost medieval with the leaders being expected to look after their people by providing them with their livelihood and to lead. In return they get unquestioning loyalty - the government will provide. And they don't question the unreasonable wealth of their leaders because it means that they are rich too. But now why aren't they being looked after? Why is food so expensive? Why do the men have to continue working for nothing far from home? Nothing has changed and they are getting angry.

  • Klaus - 2012-10-17 13:08

    After paying Taxes since 1968, Rates and Taxes (Municipality) since 1976 - I demand, forthwith the cessation of ALL deductions, of any kind to All Government and Municipalities, How about a hefty BONUS to all Taxpayers in similar situation. Our investments shrink but Municipal costs go up & up for nothing in return !!!!

  • pierre.venter.96 - 2012-10-17 13:11

    Dear South African citizens, you do not vote for a house, you buy one! And then you pay property taxes, water, electricity, bond, interest ect. Or at least that is how it works in the rest of the world.

      manningi1 - 2012-10-17 13:31

      This only applies to South African whites and first world countries not Mzansi. South Africa died in 1994.

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-10-18 14:09

      80% of South Africans cannot qualify for a bond.

      beverly.young3 - 2012-10-19 05:31

      Oh get the free house and are amazed when you are asked to pay rates/electricity etc. currently, in our region, they have an outstanding debt, ratio, for unpaid utilities, R50 million if I am correct.

  • adrian.tyler - 2012-10-17 13:11

    Where I'm from, we work for what we want.

      alan.gernet - 2012-10-17 13:12

      hmm - where i come from .. we work for what the govt takes.

  • juju.malema.792 - 2012-10-17 13:11

    Occupy Zoomaas house. 250m in upgrades will get you plenty of rooms.

      alan.gernet - 2012-10-17 13:20

      You mean Prezzie "Zurg" ZoomZoom? .. I am your father ... and yours .. and yours .. and yours...

  • Matewis69 - 2012-10-17 13:11

    The ANC can't build you houses because they need the money to build Zuma a house. Sorry guys, maybe next time!

  • sxp - 2012-10-17 13:14

    These people must realize that nothing is free. Even if they get free houses, it means someone else has to pay for this. The taxpayer is overstretched and soon will have no choice but to revolt.

      alan.gernet - 2012-10-17 13:17

      maybe SA's should stop the national breeding program for a start.

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-10-18 14:10

      I'm not so scared of the taxpayer revolting. Be more afraid of the natives... who do you think they're going to put the blame on?

  • RoyNexusSix - 2012-10-17 13:16

    You're getting what you deserve. You believed what your anc masters promised you and as with all 'beliefs' a price has to be paid in the end. You're paying it. You were all warned 20, 30 years ago. No one listened. Now, the lesson will have to be learned the hard way - make no mistake. It might take 100 or 200 years but it will be learned. We'll check your 'learning progress' at the next election, yeah? But, hell man, this sounds like a good 'deal'. Any chance that there might be a house in there somewhere for me too???? I want one for myself, my auntie and my pa.

      darryl.earnshaw - 2012-10-17 13:21

      You forgot to mention that they'll get NOTHING when the mines are nationalised, freedom like back in 1994, still sitting with nothing while the fat cats fill their pockets. But they'll keep voting for ANC

      RoyNexusSix - 2012-10-17 13:51

      Like I said: 200 years. And that's on the 'upside'. Could be 500 or maybe even 1,000. Of course, if they were clever and a little bit more cunning, they might ask their president if he has some accommodation available. Seeing that he's building mansions like there is no tomorrow...

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-10-18 14:12

      And next it will be all the farms... and the businesses... oh hang on haven't we been here before? Zim anyone?

  • Peter Zylstra - 2012-10-17 13:17

    There's plenty housing available in Nkandla, kzn!

      alan.gernet - 2012-10-17 13:23

      and new Toll Free roads to get there on....

      alan.gernet - 2012-10-17 13:23

      I said Toll Free... not Troll Free!

      manningi1 - 2012-10-17 13:26

      Yes. Why not build your own houses. I had to. The community should work together and build, not break down or just walk. Do something constructive.

  • Eterni80 - 2012-10-17 13:20

    Ask not - what your country can do for you, but rather WHAT YOU - CAN DO FOR YOUR COUNTRY !! The ANC lied to you, from the start, if you haven't realised this after 18 years of deception, then you need new glasses !!

      Spiral - 2012-10-17 13:37

      The ANC have spent 18 years trying not to let their people forget about what all the naughty whites did to them so many years ago... thats how they win every election; promising to free them from all us naughty whites... the funny thing is that the ANC's reign has to be the longest walk to freedom in the history of long walks! But watch, the same people moaning about the ANC wil vote ANC again... shame shame.

      alan.gernet - 2012-10-17 13:41

      one small step for man .. one looong walk for lemmings...

  • jonathankeith.schultz - 2012-10-17 13:20

    Please tell me why these people stoned my car this morning when I have nothing to do with the housing. Who voted ANC in the first place. I now have no sympathy for strikers or protesters

      alan.gernet - 2012-10-17 13:24

      yah - anc supporters .. only a 'stone's throw away'

      TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-10-17 15:47

      zakhele you need some serious education dude, your comment is beyond stupid - it's dangerous, especially for yourself. good luck.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-10-17 13:25

    The people were promised FREE houses, to go with these houses comes a certain amount of free electricity, free education, if you can call it by that name. Next thing they are going to demand motor cars. Now all this said and they want to kick the minority out of the country, please explain to me how are the majority going to cope. How many unemployed so they not really contributing to the up keep of the country, dear god, these people are blind. They will vote the same way again come next election. I am not knocking these poor people who probably were promised and have waited years for free houses, but really this I demand demand it is my right has to end somewhere. If government would only open up and relax the labour market more than half of these people would be uplifting themselve now.

  • cecilia.vanderwesthuizen.5 - 2012-10-17 13:26

    Demand! Demand! That's all you can do! That just shows how pathetic you are.

  • vambozha.mutemi.9 - 2012-10-17 13:26

    i think in the next elections they must come out like this and vote for a better party...that can build them houses

      alan.gernet - 2012-10-17 13:34

      no party can afford to build houses for everybody. Our economy is WAY too small, and the population growth has spiralled out of control. With a very small percentage of SA's population contributing to the Govt's income via taxes, no Govt. can keep p with the population exlosion in SA. Add to that the corruption and misspending of the taxes ... hmmm Tata ma SA ... Yello my wasteland

      darryl.earnshaw - 2012-10-17 14:34

      The elections will be rigged like everywhere else in Africa

  • logan.naidoo - 2012-10-17 13:29

    Seems like everyone's finding a reason to strike. Have to think of something quickly before this season is over.

      alan.gernet - 2012-10-17 13:35

      nah - Strike 1 .. Strike 2 ... Strike 3

      alan.gernet - 2012-10-17 14:39

      nah - the season has been extended.

  • ana.curcic - 2012-10-17 13:29

    Take them to Zumaville and Juju kraal....problem solved.

      alan.gernet - 2012-10-17 13:35

      It's not Zumaville - It's Nkandlagate

  • Native Rsa - 2012-10-17 13:34

    Perhaps Malema has a point the time has come to reduce the gap in living conditions between the masses and the wealthy minority

      alan.gernet - 2012-10-17 13:47

      yeah - nobody disagrees .. But that can oly come about if we get a Govt. that makes EDUCATION, POPULATION CONTROL, and a GOOD WORK ETHIC their Number 1 priority for the nation. And history tells us - that's not the anc!

      native.rsa - 2012-10-17 14:34

      The government failure is not putting proper infrastructure planning ie why allow only one province to economicaly grow while others don't it means everyone will flood to that province

  • leonard.rom.7 - 2012-10-17 13:34

    send Malema there a crises hahahhaha i want i want go work rabbits!!!!!!!

  • reine.marais - 2012-10-17 13:40

    It is time for all the people who need and want houses to go and live on Jacob Zuma's estate. After all, that is where all the money went.

  • aspruyt - 2012-10-17 13:49

    Hey, I want a house too! Yet I am working for it and at 30 I am still renting!

  • crystal.core.5 - 2012-10-17 13:50

    I support everyone's right to protest peacefully. If you are carrying sticks and clubs it is no longer a peaceful protest. If you are singing songs of racial hatred it is no longer a peaceful protest. If you are stoning cars, intimidating others to join you by threatening violence or even murdering others you are a criminal and should have the full extent of the law brought down on you. Why is this not happening? Why is it considered OK for someone to hurl stones at or even murder someone else if they feel they are not being paid enough or demand houses in South Africa? We live in a failed state.

  • zaahid.ismail.9 - 2012-10-17 13:50

    Protesters you voted the ANC in power so deal with it you dumb bunch of people

  • charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2012-10-17 13:54

    It is almost voting time again and they will continue voting the same government whose promises are empty

      alan.gernet - 2012-10-17 13:58

      whaddya mean - free T shirts, mealie Meal and Chickens! That should sustain them for another 5 years.

  • jacques.stander - 2012-10-17 13:57

    Ya !! Don't work and have lots of children!! Forsure you will get a house then !

  • sipho.skepu - 2012-10-17 14:00

    This should have happened in 1994. Burn burn burn.

      alan.gernet - 2012-10-17 14:09

      yip - nothing like a lose-lose scenario for the doff

      alan.gernet - 2012-10-17 14:15

      er Sipho - you seem like an intelligent person, so please answer me this question. If SA was to self destruct in anarchy and lawlessness causing the economy to fold ... how would SA ever be able to rebuild even a quarter of what it had? Bear in mind that the infrastructure would be gone, businesses would be closed, investors (other than Chinese Slave Drivers) would be absent, people would be sick, dying, hngry, militant, uneducated, etc etc. and the Govt of the day would have no tax base. The population would still be expanding exponentially and even menial jobs would be scarce. Seriously dude - I have yet to find a person who can answer this. I hope you dont also suddenly disappear now before you can enlighten me.

      alan.gernet - 2012-10-17 14:26

      still there Sipho...?????

      alan.gernet - 2012-10-17 14:35

      calling Sipho .. Siiiippphhooooooooooo

      alan.gernet - 2012-10-17 15:09

      Siiippppho Siiippphhhho, wherefore art though Siiipphhho?

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-10-18 14:17

      Sipho has gone to Somalia, its nice there this time of year.

  • margo.lubbe - 2012-10-17 14:02


  • - 2012-10-17 14:05

    When the people understand that they can vote themselves money (or whatever other privileges and entitlements, you-name-it), that will herald the end of the Republic. Said 250 years or so ago by Benjamin Franklin, the US founding father and the guy from the USD 100 bill. Well, judging from the numbers of Lumpenproletariat voters who think they are entitled to free something-you-name-it -- there is no more democracy/republic in SA. God help USA to not get to the end of the republic.

  • kitty2wp - 2012-10-17 14:11

    my son also wants a house and he comes from an 'advantaged' background and has Matric, but cannot find a decent job let alone ever own a house!!!

      alan.gernet - 2012-10-17 14:35

      boot polish...

      bradley.liebenberg1 - 2012-10-17 15:58

      Of course he cant! He's the wrong colour. The only way is for us minority types to realise that we all have to become Entrepreneurs. Less security but absolutely no limit on what you can do. Find a niche in the market and a product everyone really needs.

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-10-17 14:19

    Easy. Play monopoly. You may score some hotels too! Just ask the honourable people you voted into government! Suckers!

  • bullardx - 2012-10-17 14:24

    Dam..Id also like a free house:p.with a shower, pool and jacussi:p..lokl, oh and free electricity and water.lokl

      alan.gernet - 2012-10-17 14:27

      you definately need the showers! whahaaaaa

      bullardx - 2012-10-17 14:31

      lokl. na i aint a dirty clown like Mr.President. but thanks for the suggestion