Cops looted Sasolburg shops - claims

2013-01-23 13:40

Sasolburg - Police looted shops during the violent protests in Zamdela, Sasolburg, residents of the Free State town alleged on Wednesday.

"If I had a camera, I would have taken photos. They took stuff in one Chinese shop and the community followed," said a security guard at a municipal office.

"At Save Right [a local shop near the police station] they even advised us not to injure each other, and when the ATM was robbed, their van was nearby."

The 32-year-old man claimed that Sasolburg police were also unhappy about the proposed merger of the Ngwathe and Metsimaholo local municipalities.

He said this was evident in Tuesday's shooting, in which two people died and others were wounded when police from other provinces were deployed.

"We protested on Sunday [and] no one was wounded or died; we did it again on Monday... [there were] no injuries we heard about. So why are people being shot at when there is police from other provinces?"

Extra cops deployed

Earlier in the week, police from Gauteng and Welkom were deployed in the area to help control the situation.

Police spokesperson Colonel Motantsi Makhele said he was aware of the allegations that police were among the looters.

"People must come to the front if they have information," he said.

"We welcome anyone who has information so that we can investigate this."

Resident Nthako, 47, said he was happy Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Richard Baloyi had announced that the process of merging the municipalities had been stopped.

However, Nthako criticised government officials for not arriving at Moses Kotane Stadium, where residents had expected to be addressed on the matter at 10:00 on Tuesday.

Residents ran out of patience and left the stadium at 11:00.

"If they came to the stadium and addressed people, no one would have died or got injured," Nthako said.

A protester was shot dead at the Zamdela police station during a clash with protesters on Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, police said another protester was shot dead by a motorist after a group of protesters tried to block his way.

Nine people, two of them police officers, have been injured since the protest started on Sunday. At least one is in a critical condition.

A Jacaranda radio journalist's car was pelted with stones and a Sapa cameraman was threatened with a knife, also on Tuesday.


The situation was quiet on Wednesday and police were seen patrolling the area and taking photographs of damaged properties on the main road.

Three police nyalas [armoured vehicles] were seen driving around in the area while a helicopter hovered overhead.

Lucky Malebo, a community leader, said people had gone to hospital to check on people who were wounded.

"A list of those who were injured and those who died is being compiled, and we might get it around 15:00," he said.

Malebo said the residents had wanted to hold a meeting at the stadium on Wednesday, but could not apply for permission as no one was on duty at the council.

  • jeeves.eddings - 2013-01-23 13:45


      gavin.lott.9 - 2013-01-23 13:53

      It's not so funny!..the truth is they ran out of rubber bullets & had to revert to frozen peas!...facts people facts!

      kalabafazi - 2013-01-23 13:56

      The protest's over now the finger pointing can begin. If people voted properly there would be no reason to protest and then no one would get hurt or killed.

      kalabafazi - 2013-01-23 13:58

      Aaah hell, who am I trying to kid? Better to go buy shares in KFC. It's nearly election time and I suspect there are going to be several bulk orders going through soon.

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-01-23 14:03


      JannieDeVos - 2013-01-23 14:05

      Geez... Just when you think things have hit rock bottom, it gets even worse!

      george.pistorius - 2013-01-23 14:55

      Well said kala bwahaha you made my day

      andre.vandeventer.16 - 2013-01-23 14:57

      I have no reason to doubt these allegations. The police allowed it to happen in the first place, they are so corrupt!

      brian.connell.18 - 2013-01-23 15:00

      Yup! Welcome to Africa.

      bullet.proof.9400 - 2013-01-23 16:33

      Why are we not surprised

      bullet.proof.9400 - 2013-01-23 16:34

      It is the African way of accumulating wealth

      adriaan.kuppens - 2013-01-23 22:18

      "We welcome anyone who has information so that we can investigate this." Yeah f*****g right!

      andreas.meyer.12327 - 2013-01-23 22:52

      Just like Hurricane Katrina. There the (black) cops looted the Walmart in New Orleans.

  • gavin.lott.9 - 2013-01-23 13:49

    Oh look at the shock in my eyes 0-0

      vambozha.mutemi.9 - 2013-01-23 15:02

      ha ha ha ha ha ha ha gavin

  • faizieishlah.shabalala - 2013-01-23 13:49

    What now JZ, this country is burning with the aid of state institutions

      nigel.olifaunt - 2013-01-23 14:35

      He cannot answer you now. He is unfortunately out of office, stuffing his pockets.

      Hamrammr - 2013-01-23 16:35

      Nigel, he is much rather busy stuffing his next wife to be if you ask me!

      andreas.meyer.12327 - 2013-01-23 22:53

      He is also kind of looting. Leading by example!

  • glenda.gert - 2013-01-23 13:51

    Welcome to SA

  • nettie.potgieter.5 - 2013-01-23 13:58

    Heigend hert in dorre streke! If you can't beat them join them! *#*#

  • moi.carla.1980 - 2013-01-23 14:00

    "We protested on Sunday [and] no one was wounded or died; we did it again on Monday... [there were] no injuries we heard about. So why are people being shot at when there is police from other provinces?" Ummm...maybe because you surrounded a police station and threatened police officers????

      Charles Frederik Robberts - 2013-01-23 14:17

      could be!

  • - 2013-01-23 14:00

    @MyNews24 Proud Supporter of, NoFreedomOfSpeech aka shut the F* up

  • olivia.theunissen - 2013-01-23 14:01

    why the f are they unhappy? its not even going to affect them dumb asses

  • kortbroek.duplessis - 2013-01-23 14:02

    One can't tell the cops and the robbers apart anymore. You get robbers in blue with badges and then just robbers. Eish SA's finest.

  • heini.botes - 2013-01-23 14:04

    Very to wait, nothing surprizes me anymore

  • Pete7930 - 2013-01-23 14:07

    and to think all of this could have been avoided if KFC had provided snacks to the crowds

      Mosala WeSaladi Masekoa - 2013-01-23 15:05

      lol, this is SA, and u better know it. now the un Acadamic National Candidates Must nationalise huliganism so we can all get free groceries and booze,,

  • bob.small.7547 - 2013-01-23 14:08

    One of a kind! In uniform or out of uniform...!

  • christopher.m.lowe - 2013-01-23 14:10

    Why am I not surprised?

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2013-01-23 14:19

    nothing more to steal....

  • wikus.terblanche.7 - 2013-01-23 14:26

    Small comment, if everyone else is doing it, why cant we.. JZ does it, Malema does it, lets do it, lets break SA down...

  • Gideon.Viljoen - 2013-01-23 14:27

    Vivaaaaa!!!!!!! This is so funny, the african way, grab and run, at least some news that puts a smile on my face

  • daniel.v.wyk - 2013-01-23 14:27

    The roof the roof, the roof is on fire.....

  • ready2go - 2013-01-23 14:32

    Sad thing is I have no difficulty believing that the cops were involved

  • toni.k.mcquillen - 2013-01-23 14:33

    How do we trust the police when this is what they do? a walking contradiction. Then they want to say people are vigilantes when comunities beat them. Doesn't help when some of the crimanals are supposed to be law enforcers!

  • nigel.olifaunt - 2013-01-23 14:34

    Why am I not surprised? (or shocked?)

  • abner.mophethe - 2013-01-23 14:35

    closet politicians are out in force now,WOW!

  • stephan.butler.14 - 2013-01-23 14:35


  • tanya.m.devries - 2013-01-23 14:41

    If it were any other country than SA, I probably would not have believed it...

  • amelia.dutoit - 2013-01-23 14:42

    What a load of crap, they are employed by the goverment of South Africa so this is normal and allowed, why is everybody so surprised, let them loot, let them rape, let them murder each other, lawabiding citizens stand aside, let the world see that it is normal to strike in South Africa, it is normal to murder in South Africa, it is normal for law inforcement to do as they want because they see that the ruling party of this country do what they want and get away with murder

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2013-01-23 14:45

    This is surreal! There is a mob going beserk, they are looting and destroying, police are there but they (some) are accused of being a part of the mob. It is South Africa 2013 and this is supposedly a protest about changing municipal boundaries. Not poverty, not political domination, but municipal boundries........are they insane? Is SA in general bodering on insanity? It is unbelievable, and to counterpoint........... A few years ago the world (and tha anc) construed similar behaviour (except the police were doing their best to control it) as being caused by supression of the masses by a dominating minority, in other words the mob was politically motivated and pure of motive at that. Is the world watching now? Can they see that such mobs in South Africa are motivated by nothing more than the most base human instincts?

      mike.lamb.7777 - 2013-01-23 17:41

      I'd give you a thousand 'thumbs -up' if I could

  • charmaine.paterson1 - 2013-01-23 14:49

    I don't care how valid their grievances are, when people act like common criminals and destroy property belonging to innocent people, I have no sympathy with their cause. They should check carefully where they draw their cross the next time that they vote.

  • paul.coelho.54 - 2013-01-23 14:58

    Burn our belovered country. I think it's too late. We on a slippery slope to disaster and our politicians are blind to the fact.

  • warren.rodel - 2013-01-23 15:03

    HAHAHAHAHA - ANC has no more control.

  • lizette.vanwyk.arts - 2013-01-23 15:06

    What's new? You can't expect a different outcome if you keep repeating the same action? Who employed these officers of the law? Get rid of the bad apples and start at the top. I heard the same thing yesterday from a business owner in Sasolburg. Nothing in this country is how it should be, NOTHING.

  • john.plaatjies.16 - 2013-01-23 15:21

    So its fine for the community to loot shops not others like the police. Why do they start looting and destroying property in the first place. If they don't no one will . And what do the learn their kids? Its ok to stone, burn, loot and do whatever they like when they don't get their way

  • monica.kruger.58 - 2013-01-23 15:29

    Why did they want to ask for permission to enter the stadium, they already vandalised the rest of the place.

  • - 2013-01-23 15:32

    Typical, you read one article about the good cop chasing robbers in the hospital, then you feel there is hope. Then you read this article and 20 others like it and you can only sigh...

  • logikal1971 - 2013-01-23 15:53

    Sounds about right...

  • Klaus - 2013-01-23 17:08

    @kalabafazi, i would be careful, ANC is not known for payment of goods

  • christo.vdmerwe.3 - 2013-01-23 17:16

    Ja, ja now they(animals!!)blame the cops.

  • johan.viljoen.58 - 2013-01-23 17:50

    only in africa . . . . .

  • johan.viljoen.58 - 2013-01-23 17:50

    only in africa . . . .

  • james.buffel - 2013-01-24 05:57

    Zimbabwe here we come!!!!!!!!!!!!!!the final countdown

  • neo.khemisi - 2013-01-24 06:15

    South Africa is the only country in world were police are being blame for keeping order and have no rights if ever they do their work they being called heartless animals but for me I won't loose hope on them

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