Cape Town man loses finger in protest

2012-05-29 10:54

Cape Town - An elderly Cape Town man walking past a protest in Botrivier lost a finger when police fired teargas canisters, it was reported on Tuesday.

"I was just walking along the pavement when I felt a painful thud against my hand and saw my finger flying in front of me. I caused no harm. I am going to open up a case against the police," Arthur Louw, 75, told the Cape Times.

"These are working hands. I use them to earn a living and I am right-handed... How am I going to work properly now?" the Eskom worker asked.

Resident Ilana Africa told the newspaper that police shot canisters at the crowds without provocation and that two men were arrested after asking the police why they were shooting teargas.

People barricaded streets with burning tyres, boulders and tree stumps in protest against poor service delivery.

They also broke the gates of the Theewaterskloof municipal building and threatened to set it alight.

They handed over a memorandum listing 30 grievances, which included a lack of housing, basic services, and schooling.

Western Cape police have requested information on the matter from the area station manager in Botrivier.

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  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-05-29 10:59

    what a horrible mess :(

      Zambezi - 2012-05-29 12:08

      Only in the Western Cape !

      grant.hide - 2012-05-29 12:11

      Only in the western cape? lol. That stuff is migrating here from northern areas.

      Honey - 2012-05-29 12:32

      No Zambezi you moron! Even your name is a giveaway - REPEAT: THIS IS CAUSED BY NORTHERN MIGRANTS, BUSSED IN BY THE ANC TO TRY TO RETAIN WHAT LITTLE HOLD THEY HAVE ON THE WESTERN CAPE! I know Bot River well and 99.9% are aware of what the other .1% are trying to do - not content with controlling the corruption in the other provinces, the ANC are intent on F***ing up the entire Country! G.H.U.A!!!

      Honey - 2012-05-29 12:34

      and Zambezi - show your cowardly face and stop hiding behind your Trolling bullsh*t Facebook identity, cooked up in two minutes - Assh*le!

  • Zinhle - 2012-05-29 11:00

    sorry man< b4 I read this article I thought u mus have put yo finger in the wrong place. Hope it'll heal quickly.

  • songezo.kilani - 2012-05-29 11:03

    I dont know which is funnier, the fact that he lost his finger, or that at 75 he is still working at eskom no-less. LOL.

      TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-05-29 11:24

      how is any of it funny???? You wouldn't laugh if it was your own finger! Insensitive a-hole.

      gareth.jones.7771 - 2012-05-29 11:27

      Respect your elders prick

      michael.ntshabele - 2012-05-29 12:15

      @Gareth I see that these days there's no respect for elders bcos one can simply draw their private parts and hang them in public.

      gareth.jones.7771 - 2012-05-29 12:18

      And that makes it ok to disrespect an elderly man who's lost his livelyhood because one idiot made a painting?

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-29 12:25

      Thanks Murray,

  • Shellerjc - 2012-05-29 11:12

    mmm They were threatening violence - soo all the SAPS did was jump the gun - I dont see anything wrong with that - lets amcrh against it then LOL - At 75 he shld be retired.

      gareth.jones.7771 - 2012-05-29 11:25

      Some people can't afford to retire

  • Matthew - 2012-05-29 11:18

    SAPS at their always pigs

  • Sekalf - 2012-05-29 11:32

    this article proofs the desperation of News24. Their journalism has hit rock bottom.

      gareth.jones.7771 - 2012-05-29 11:43


  • Leon - 2012-05-29 11:42

    First off all by reading some of the comments the story is not funny at ALL. These are real problems these people are facing and in frustration they are taking it out in the only way they know how. In the other hand why would you walk past or even near a violent protest where the police are involved ?

  • Tamaranui - 2012-05-29 11:46

    This ol' man has Leprocy, Parts of his body have been falling for years.................

      gareth.jones.7771 - 2012-05-29 11:51

      I've read you commenting about respecting Zuma because he's an old man, how is this one different that you can make up lies about him?

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-29 12:19

      This is No Lie, I know the Gent personally.

      gareth.jones.7771 - 2012-05-29 12:22

      I'm sure you do, hypocrite

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-29 12:26

      You question my perogatives ????

      gareth.jones.7771 - 2012-05-29 12:29

      I would have thought that was blatantly obvious

  • wsidina1 - 2012-05-29 11:46

    Oh! No.....

  • viran.chunilal - 2012-05-29 12:08

    HAHAHAH LOL thanks guys for the LOLS .... for once I see some whites poking at each other instead of the regular black and white stone throwing .... but I agree some people have no choice but to work after retirement and by all means let him sue and and ask his price .... Teargas takes off this mans finger and rubber bullets killed Andries Tatane .... next someone may die from water canon spray - these are terrible weapons to disperse people humanely because the - WHERES THE NEGOTIATORS AND PROTEST AND CROWD CONTROL SPECIALISTS?

  • Nigel - 2012-05-29 12:12

    Well, I wasn't there so I can't really say for sure, but the amount of times I've heard that one before....."I was just walking here....didn't do anything - sure, in the middle of a protest.

  • Deon - 2012-05-29 12:28

    They probably did not have permission to march and protest. So it was an illegal gathering / march. Some people have been trying for years to make the Western Cape ungovernable.

  • philschalkwyk - 2012-05-29 12:45

    But of course he was only walking past! yeah, right!

      Honey - 2012-05-29 12:49

      well philschalkwyk, what the hell do you think a 75 year old guy is doing there? Inciting Violence? Get a life!

  • Martin Myburgh - 2012-05-29 13:13

    I feel sorry for the old man, but he should have realized that being so close to a protest march , the possibility was there that violence might erupt due to the history of protest action of late. He should therefore not have been there in the first place. I wish him goodluck with his case against the Police, because intent have to be proven for an assault charge. As for a civil suit, tha state will just argue that he should not have been there. As for being hit by the teargas , it is in a gas propeled canister and cannot be controled where it bounces once it has been fired. The police have certain mandates and will not fire teargas into a peaceful crowd without justfication.

  • Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-05-29 13:44

    How can Eskom be allowed to employ a 75 year old man?

  • carin.havenga - 2012-05-29 14:29

    ???????? 75, still working at Escom??

  • Lauden Kirk - 2012-05-30 08:09

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