Boksburg road re-opened after protest

2012-06-26 10:30

Johannesburg - Police re-opened Lower Boksburg road, between Germiston and Boksburg, on Tuesday morning, about two hours after it was blockaded by protesters, the Ekurhuleni metro police said.

"Traffic was affected when residents from the Goodhope informal settlement blockaded the road at about 06:00 this morning. They were not using rocks or burning tyres," spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wilfred Kgasago said.

"We moved the 200 to 300 people to an open veld where they are preparing to march to the civic centre at 09:00 to hand over a memorandum. The police will make sure they have a safe path as they march."

Kgasago said the residents would move south along Lower Boksburg road towards Germiston to get to the civic centre.

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  • appietrader - 2012-06-26 11:00

    And.... next time time vote ANC again. What a futile exercise, these people don't understand how a democracy works. if a government don't deliver on their promises you vote them OUT and not IN again. Now they inconvenience the law abiding citizen!! Will they ever learn????

      mfrater - 2012-06-26 11:25

      If the last 20 odd years is anything to go by, no, they will never learn. Until a real "black" opposition party comes along the ANC will forever continue plunging SA into an abyss. The majority of ANC voters simply do not / cannot understand the difference between voting for a government that wants to better the country vs simply keeping the "black freedom fighters" in power. I am pretty much convinced that they have all been so blind-sided with brain-washers in the ANC that they honestly believe if they vote for anyone other than the ANC that Apartheid will come back. It's so sad that they are woefully uneducated to the extent that they could ever possibly believe that such a regime would EVER dawn South Africa's doorstep again - regardless of the leading party. They simply do not understand the economy and the dynamics of international pressures and how it would be impossible that SA would ever go that way again. White SA has learned from its past mistakes, it seems however black SA never will.

      gift.rode - 2012-06-26 11:31

      Maybe because no other party has come to them with more promises so they stick with \the devil they know\

      mfrater - 2012-06-26 11:37

      @gift, but that is all the ANC offers... "promises", but have they delivered on those empty promises? It would be very easy for the DA (as an example) to offer black SA hundreds of amazing "promises" just to get into the pound seat, and then do the same thing as the ANC, simply do not deliver on any of them. But come voting time, rekindle those so-called promises and the masses fall for it, again and again and again.

      DarrenCooper68 - 2012-06-26 12:26

      @MWF, The ANC has lead everyone to believe that given enough time, ultimately there will be no poor people. Everyone will have the "white" lifestyle. People must accept that even in countries where there is no legacy of apartheid like social engineering, there are still poor people. A well off black guy takes his wealth and builds a fancy home in his rural villiage complete with fancy car, and lives a fancy lifestyle. Would the locals feel entitled to the same lifestyle, or would they accept that like this wealthy guy, they must study and work hard and pretty much earn the lifestyle. People in should see South Africa in the same light and probably would do if not for the ANC dangling the dream of a better life for all. In fairness theough,they dont say its for free or how much better....

  • Johnnys_Place - 2012-06-26 11:10

    "They were not using rocks or burning tyres" - who cares what they are using ?? Why are they blockading... could it be the lack of service delivery from the party that they voted for ??

  • DarrenCooper68 - 2012-06-26 11:37

    Drove past these guys this morning. Seemed like a peacefull, well ordered protest. I must say, if I was living in that place, I would probably be marching with them. What I would like answered is how they battle everyday and then still support the ANC at election time. If they somehow see the people responsible for their misery as being different to those they vote for, can someone please explain this to me. There has to be something I do not understand, no one can be that dense.

      mfrater - 2012-06-26 12:17

      The flip side of the coin is that they are protesting for better service .... yet it is a service they do not pay for. At the end of the day 20 odd years ago the ANC promised them all houses and jobs, they are getting angry because those lies about free this and free that were only told to garnish the votes. The sad part is they are indeed that "dense" as to the fact that all this time having gone by and still, they continue to vote based on the same broken record stuck on repeat.

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