Cape Town protesters stone, set bus alight

2012-07-30 14:21

Cape Town - Nine people were arrested for public violence at a service delivery protest in Nyanga, Cape Town, on Monday, Western Cape police said.

Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut said about 100 people gathered on the corner of Lansdowne and Duinefontein roads at about 03:45, and barricaded the road with burning tyres.

Protesters torched a Toyota Corolla and a Golden Arrow bus.

Golden Arrow Bus Services spokesperson Bronwen Dyke said the bus was stoned and set alight in Gugulethu, on the corner of Lansdowne and NY1 roads.

"The driver was injured. He received facial lacerations because a stone came through the window and hit him on the face. He is okay though."

She could not say how badly the bus was damaged.

  • loyiso.mdingwa - 2012-07-30 14:37

    All those arrested should face justice and answer for those actions,citizens of this country are allowed to protest but not with the intentions hurting anyone!

  • sandra.roberts.716533 - 2012-07-30 14:43

    Pressure should be put on the Eastern Cape Government to upgrade their service delivery and work for the people. Cape Town cannot just wave a magic wand and be able to house and service all the people coming into the province. Now before Cape Town can think about service delivery they have to spend money on fixing up what was broken. I believe 10 000 gallons of water or something to that extent was lost as a fire hydrant was broken.

      coenraad.vanderwesthuizen.3 - 2012-07-30 15:23

      @ leabeau - hahahahaha - ignoranus!

  • michael.i.wright - 2012-07-30 14:54

    We want more, after we get finished with destroying what is already here. Yeah, that will work.

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-07-30 14:57

    9 Out of 100 arrested, when will we ever read: "all protestors arrested" as all broke the law.

  • vmeiring1 - 2012-07-30 15:03

    I'm pretty sure it's ANC members. No other decent voter will do such idiotic deeds. It's so nice to show the younger generation what uncivilized these idiots are. Work for what you want, the ANC policy, "for mahala" does not exist.

  • Tony - 2012-07-30 15:05

    BAD BUS!!! Don't ever stop service delivery again!!

  • - 2012-07-30 15:15

    What is it about our blacks that they cannot protest peacefully. They are hellbent on destruction. Says a lot about their psyche?

  • mazizi.sifanelo - 2012-07-30 15:21

    you guys need to understand something, these protests will continue and Government cant do much to fore-fill the needs of these residents, these ppl are from the Siyahlala informal settlement, the land that they live on is not owned by the state but a German man. The people want electricity and Government must buy the land from the guy in order to put in the Electricity these ppl want. ti doubt they even know who owns that land that they claim is Governments,

      mazizi.sifanelo - 2012-07-30 16:48

      they randomly came lik in many other places, the worse part is that, many of them do not even know who the land belongs too. i've stayed in the area for 21 years now and hav seen the best and worse times of it. but what would the solution be for this problem, Government buying the land, and when they given prepaid electricity, they will complain cos they want it for free.

      hannah.p.mostert - 2012-07-30 19:45

      Thank you for explaining that to us Mazizi it makes a lot of sense now.. I couldnt imagine Helen,Lindiwe or Patricia not helping these people and leaving them so despondent. That didnt make sense to me.

      abduraghmaan - 2012-07-30 23:01

      Well said Mazizi. Now this guy knows what his talking about. Apparently the land now belongs to City of Cape Town, as of yesterday. Now the City of Cape Town can actually do something about these peoples requests, but I guess they will be protesting next to get the Electricity for Free as Mazizi said.

  • zelda.lategan - 2012-07-30 16:06

    They should really bring in the army to stop these people from destroying our areas. They are preventing our people from getting to work. If they want to protest, why can't they do it peacefully?

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-30 16:14

      Because the ANC taught them otherwise - destroy, break, burn. All destructive, nothing constructive. It is their way.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-07-30 16:55

    I can never understand this burn burn trash trash thing. Why take it out on innocent peoples things they have worked hard for. They protest because they dont have transport, then they get transport and what do they do, next protrest, they burn the buses. Cant workout their mentality. Come voting time why dont they use their votes to speak for them. When will they ever learn.

  • j.m.donaldson - 2012-07-31 10:38

    Animals - thinking they can have a tantrum, kill mame and destory to get what they want. They should be facing charges of attempted murder and public disorder. But I'm betting they'll get off free or with a little bit of community service.

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