Cape protesters to appear in court

2012-03-20 11:23

Cape Town - Twenty-one people were expected to appear in the Grabouw Magistrate's Court on Tuesday on charges of public violence, Western Cape police said.

They were arrested on Monday following a protest in Grabouw on Monday over a lack of classrooms and service delivery, Warrant Officer November Filander said.

He said 14 people were injured in the clash and taken to hospital.

The Cape Times reported on Tuesday that black and coloured Grabouw residents guarded their schools against attack from either side following the protests. Police had to form a human shield to prevent the groups from entering each other's territories.

A man was attacked by a group of about 15 people, who hit him with rocks and sticks and stabbed him in the shoulder. The group badly injured a second man.

Local resident Margaret le Roux told the newspaper: "A group of people of the coloured community have taken up a guarding position at the school to make sure the black people do not come damage it.

"In the black area there are groups of people standing on corners and there are people burning tyres."

Another resident, Monyaduwe Molefe, said blacks were retaliating because they were being attacked.

Filander said police were monitoring the situation on Tuesday, and that no incidents had been reported.


  • TacoDan - 2012-03-20 11:48

    How idiotic can you get? they strike for more schools and then they go and destroy a school. These people need to know that money does not grow on trees and they will have to pay in some way to rebuild the school that they destroyed before they get another school.

      schalk.mattheys - 2012-03-20 12:32

      These "people" dont pay for anything Taco, they dont pay tax, dont pay rates, why would they care if they destroy anything? They dont even live in Grabouw, you'll see the reports coming IF the journalists do their investigative work right, most these "people" were bussed into Grabouw over the weekend...this is not just people complaining about school facilities, its about the spinoff from Fatboys visit to the WC last week.

      schalk.mattheys - 2012-03-20 12:36

      Local families had to hide inside their homes whilst the "protestors" burnt down there own school, then when the "protestors" wanted to burn down the other school, locals had to stand gaurd and defend. This whole episode that resulted in the burning of the school was not started by locals that live in Grabouw, it was started by thugs who dont even live in Grabouw.

  • Anwar Anwar Abrahams - 2012-03-20 12:19

    The Saddest part was to see Blacks and coloureds targeting oneanother all because of a basic right to Education, Yet barely 18yrs ago we stood side by side getting rid of the apartheid government. There`s no favours to either race but remember South Africa belongs to all no matter what race you are.

      schalk.mattheys - 2012-03-20 12:59

      Bru, the apartheid government has been replaced by another racist call what happened yesterday in Grabouw "standing side by side?" Wakey wakey, this is not about the right to education, this is about the ANC wanting to take back the WC. The pupils were getting education, until "someone" burnt down there school yesterday. The guys that burn down the schools are political pawns, not students.

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