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Benoni township residents protest

2012-10-17 10:37

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.

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.

Several police vehicles were seen in the area.

No incidents of violence were reported by 08:00.

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Comments
  • trokkie.datsun - 2012-10-17 10:45

    wtf i wana join the protest....free houses? sounds like a sweet deal?

      sedeshan - 2012-10-17 11:10

      That's the attitude. Imagine if we all claimed free housing. These guys have the game messed up!

      frederick.kaczynski - 2012-10-17 11:54

      how about they demand proper education?

      clifford.sithole.5 - 2012-10-17 11:57

      I'm still waiting 5 years for my free house in Soweto. They come to speak to us then they go away only to return months later and more promises.

      sean.carbutt - 2012-10-17 12:28

      Its a 2 way street. Firstly, business must stop treating unskilled workers like cattle. Unskilled workers must stop with their crap of demand, demand. demand or burn, loot destroy, steal, kill. However given the current state of the uneducated, this issue will get a lot worse before it gets better.

      desertratbkf - 2012-10-17 12:46

      @Clifford! Why MUST you have a free house? WORK FOR IT LIKE THE REST OF US!!!!!!!

  • brad.herbert.522 - 2012-10-17 10:48

    NO INCIDENTS OF VIOLENCE!!! HAHAHA I work in Benoni and my colegues were stoned on thier way in

      sedeshan - 2012-10-17 11:14

      My friend told me they started stoning their offices. That's really going to achieve something, stoning the people that have nothing to do with your protest! Barbarians.

  • dragonfire47 - 2012-10-17 10:48

    golf clubs, where did they steal those from, private homes i suppose, savage criminals

      kala.bafazi - 2012-10-17 11:03

      Shabir Schaik is looking for some partners.

      terrylee.heuer - 2012-10-17 11:14

      The striking miners also have golf clubs and I was actually wondering where they got them from!!!

      warren.rodel - 2012-10-17 11:30

      HAHAHAAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHA

      Alan - 2012-10-17 14:43

      Just now they will be protesting for a free golf course as well.

      sedeshan - 2012-10-17 16:08

      After a hard day of striking they retire to the 19th hole for rest and relaxation...hahahahaha

  • djmarcosa - 2012-10-17 10:53

    what happened to the days where people worked for things they wanted.. my dad taught me that if you want something you earn and work for it. nothing in this world comes for free.. and on top of this according to this pic it seems like these are youngster why not look for work instead of complaining..

      romeo.mahlalela - 2012-10-17 11:53

      The issue here is that the ANC promised them 'Free Housing, Education, Health and many more freebies. Unfortunately, these were false promises. For example, if one can compare those houses constructed under Apartheid era, one will see that they are far better than those of the RDP houses. By that, I don't mean that I support or advocate Apartheid, but the Fact will remain that some 'good things'- such as quality national and urban roads, health, etc. - were made in those pre-democratic eras. Hence you cannot blame 'everything' onto Apartheid. The ANC-led government should only fix or amend the economic or social laws or policies, that discriminate against race, AND uplift the living standards of the poor and uneducated masses. In these current times, race or gender is not the issue, but the quality of life of All citizens of this country is vitally important, which the ANC must focus on. Sadly, the ANC fail dismally in this aspect (only FRAUD, CORRUPTION, etc. are daily norms) and which ultimately calls for another political party to take over from the present ANC-led goverment. But the masses still perceive ' the state of political and economic things' along the Racial lines ( But NOT on Competence and Capacity) to lead the country. DISGUSTING!

      dimitripappas - 2012-10-17 12:03

      Well said Romeo

  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-10-17 10:55

    I also want a house! Can I transfer my bond payment to local government? Or Provincial, Please help. I like the idea of economic freedom!

  • Proudly Me - 2012-10-17 10:56

    Why do you DESERVE a house and i do not? Why do you squat and beg and steal and then demand benefits? Screw you.

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-17 11:09

      A promise made to them on 11 February 1990. Among other things .....

  • charles.brink.90 - 2012-10-17 10:58

    Who the hell are these peepol ? .....One have to work in order to BUY a house, not DEMAND it...and what with the sticks and clubs....youre retards.....

  • jason.children - 2012-10-17 11:00

    whooa! I have golf clubs, im gonna hit the streets and demand a house. Its the AFRICAN way. give me because i want! ................wait maybe if i work hard and apply myself..........no thats too hard where is that 9 iron???

  • jonathan.dutoit2 - 2012-10-17 11:05

    Demand Demand Demand!!!! And still vote ANC. Noobs!

  • debra.davids.3 - 2012-10-17 11:21

    Why are they on their way to the Department of Housing, theres no money left for them to get everything free, why dont they protest to get jobs and work for the stuff they are demanding.Then again if they get the job, they start striking for more money. I would suggest they march down to Zumaville and occupy the land and dwellings there, i think Zumaville could easily accomodate a thousand of these hooligans.

  • desertratbkf - 2012-10-17 11:22

    WANT! WANT! WANT! DEMAND!!!! How about WEK, WEK, WEK! 'ken savages!

  • Desilusionada - 2012-10-17 11:23

    P..off and go test the security at Nkandla............

  • Billy - 2012-10-17 11:24

    go live with zuma theres more than enough space

  • andrew.surtees1 - 2012-10-17 11:27

    these people are demanding free housing, im busy looking for a house and ive worked for 10 years to final buy one, if the get a free house i also want one then! see the problem is that these peeople are so used to walking around and robbing people of their goods which they havw worked for and earned through a job they have dedicated themselves too! another question is, if they get houses how are they gonna afford electricity? most of them have illegal wiring and they get away with it! i hope there is a bomb dropped there, i will go get so pissed and after that i will take a huge dump on the ash's!

  • Lindsay Lloyd - 2012-10-17 11:40

    I want alot of things but jumping up and down with sticks doesn't get me anything, oh wait is that because i don't vote the ANC so i don't get?? sjoe what next do they want? FREE food or free cars - Get out and work for it like the rest of us

  • moseshi.malatjie - 2012-10-17 11:46

    im sick and tired of fully grown man demanding a houses. what happenned to self-reliance, accountability and own responsibility. Fu...k ANC! F..K a man who do not contribute to tax but still demand service delivery. ppl must man up for crying out loud!!!!

      dimitripappas - 2012-10-17 12:03

      Well said

  • Perfume5 - 2012-10-17 11:52

    They need to stand outside Nkandla and claim entrance.

  • Andrea - 2012-10-17 11:53

    and FW is sitting pretty with a house abroad and the means to leave any time he wants. I'm going to say this out loud now ... FW you prick.

  • sisie.indola - 2012-10-17 11:54

    You want houses - well then get off your fat ar** and build them yourselves, maybe that way you will appreciate them and take care of them.

  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-10-17 11:55

    It has since got worse and word is Zuma will be visiting Wattville today, i hope he will finally see and acknowledge what the country has since come to under his leadership - he needs to decline the nomination in Mangaung

  • Vanman1979 - 2012-10-17 11:56

    I drove past there this morning at about 6h15 and saw a group of about 20 people starting to gather next to the R23. Dancing and wielding sticks and rods. E-mailed John Robby at 702 and predicted something was about to happen. Will take the N17 hoem this afternoon instead. Funny thing is that Benoni Council (Ekuruleni) wanted to move these guys not more than a year ago and they refused to move. Now they want the houses.

  • storm.trooper.125 - 2012-10-17 11:58

    and the same people going to vote anc again..its like investing your money in a firm knowing they stealing your money

      andrew.surtees1 - 2012-10-17 12:04

      BRILLIANt!

  • JHLR73 - 2012-10-17 12:02

    I am also tired of paying rent because I can not afford to buy a house. I also want a free house now while they are demanding..let us all jump on the gravy train then..FFS!!!!! How are we going to move forward with these people??

  • andrew.surtees1 - 2012-10-17 12:05

    ya you idiots wanna vote ANC all the time then you must suffer, infact i hope all your shacks get blown away with this wind today! and geuss what its only gonna get worse, here you vote for this guy and yet he has a hotel basiclly now, suffer you bastards!

  • freddie.cochrane.1 - 2012-10-17 12:10

    Benoni - I was surprised to see the crowd mass and the little control by the S.A.P. & E.M.P.D. While the marchers were looting and throwing stones, the S.A.P. & E.M.P.D. were just driving behind and doing nothing. When shop owner Carlos wanted to defend his business and property then only did the E.M.P.D. react by stopping him from doing anything. The question would be was it for his own protection or was it because Carlos is white? Where is this country going to? We are not safe as there is no proper protection from the authorities,South-Africa is becoming the next new province of Zimbabwe "Ext 1". I congratulated the police by clapping my hands to show them my disgust in what I saw was happening. We need to take a stand against this barbaric behaviour, these Africans carry on like animals. This type of behaviour in the past would never have been tolerated,it would have been stopped long before it started. - Freddie Cochrane

      andrew.surtees1 - 2012-10-17 12:52

      THEY ARE A BUNCH OF RACIST PRICKS! bunch of snoobabs

  • julie.j.vanrensburg - 2012-10-17 12:35

    Methinks somone with talent ought to rewrite this to fit in with S.A. conditions, don't you think?? Come on, all you songwriters - go for it!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wq_lhlIn1e0

  • julie.j.vanrensburg - 2012-10-17 12:36

    Added to my previous posting - this song is called BRAND NEW JACKET - excellent! Wait until all the Makwerekwere's start singing it... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wq_lhlIn1e0

  • rob.graf.18 - 2012-10-17 12:50

    where do all the golf clubs come from...those things are expensive!!!

  • anakin.skyvader.9 - 2012-10-17 12:50

    Jacob Zuma must explain to these protesters about his lavish Nkandla compound... http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Nkandla-upgrade-costs-soar-to-R247m-20121017 "R2.4m for bulletproof glass, R9.2m for a fence and a payment of R1.9m to a leading international elevator company".

  • nadia.bold - 2012-10-17 12:52

    They alked passed our offices which is accross from the Benoni Council, it was horrible and scary as thousands of them were marching down the road, hitting cars braking building windows. They even got hold of a poor guy wanting to go in to the college and started beating him because he wouldn't join them. REALLY!! Why???

  • forest.wrights - 2012-10-17 12:55

    What????? Man I don't believe this. If you are tired of living like that then work hard to live better. DAMN!!!!!!!

  • mfana.sobukwe - 2012-10-17 13:05

    Reeding waht de whyte ppl r saying make me mad cus dey alreddy have a house, wich was given to dem during Aparthed. we blacks are stil disadvantased cus of da apartheid rygeme. It is time dat we stand togeda and jus take da houses. da whytes mus go back to da US where dey came from and we wil have houses den. Hahaha we r coming... mxm

      Hamrammr - 2012-10-17 14:01

      Mfana, we were given nothing but opportunities- the same you guys have under BEE. It was still up to us to seize those opportunities and to create our own futures, not to demand everything for free! For crying out loud, my parents was still living in a company house when I left school! You sir are obviously a product of the ANC education and a Malema supporter- free houses, whites coming from the Americas??? Bwahahahaha, how are you going to support yourselves and your houses? First learn to spell maybe then you'll get a decent job! NOTHING in life is, or was, ever free.

  • KennySven - 2012-10-17 14:39

    THE cANCer PARTY DID PROMISE ALL THE PEOPLE FREE HOUSES 18 YEARS AGO IF YOU VOTED cANCer. SO ALL THE POOR SHEEP VOTED FOR cANCer TO GET FREE HOUSES. BUT NOW 18 YEARS LATER,NO FREE HOUSES BECAUSE ZOOMER AND cANCer STOLE ALL THE MONEY FOR THE PEOPLES FREE HOUSES. cANCer MUST NOW EXPLAIN TO ALL THE LOYAL cANCer VOTERS/SHEEP WHAT YOU DID WITH THE MONEY FOR ALL THE PEOPLES FREE HOUSES. WHAT HAPPENED TO THE MONEY FOR THE FREE HOUSES? WHERE IS THE MONEY FOR THE FREE HOUSES,STOLEN PERHAPS BY cANCer? If YOU cANCer STOLE OUR MONEY WE DEMAND TO KNOW THE NAMES OF ALL THE PEOPLE WHO STOLE OUR MONEY THAT WAS TO BE USED FOR OUR FREE HOUSES,ALL THE NAMES PLEASE AS YOU THE GOVERNMENT DID MAKE A PROMISE.

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