Delivery protesters barricade roads in Durban

2012-07-24 10:21

Durban - About 300 people staged a service delivery protest in Mariannridge outside Pinetown on Tuesday morning, KwaZulu-Natal police said.

"There are barricades on the roads preventing cars travelling from Dasenhoek and Marianhill," Lieutenant Colonel Vincent Mdunge said.

The protests resulted in the closure of Milky Way road and the M1. Police were monitoring the area.
No arrests have been made.

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  • clinton.badenhorst - 2012-07-24 10:33

    Viva ANC Viva!!!

      tracey.wheal.77 - 2012-07-24 10:37

      are you for real???????

      tracey.wheal.77 - 2012-07-24 11:06

      Sorry my mistake Bardy....... Blonde moment :)

      msendi - 2012-07-24 11:15


      neil.vanheerden.39 - 2012-07-24 11:15

      Atleast they are not pelting stones at cars like the clowns up here do.

      carl.debeer.33 - 2012-07-24 11:17

      They love protest. It's the only way they keep warm....

      Raymond - 2012-07-24 15:18

      Tracey, are you for Wheal? :)

      Raymond - 2012-07-24 15:24

      masendes incane, go comment in your indigenous language on an indigenous based website. This is an English forum.

  • Koos - 2012-07-24 10:37

    Damn ... someone is upset the normal law abiding citizen pays, they need more taxes the normal law abiding citizen pays, you get burgled and shot law abiding citizen pays, you get rapped the normal law abiding citizen pays.... one of these fine days there will no longer be any law abiding citizens left

  • mikenortje - 2012-07-24 10:50

    Keep voting for Non delivery!!! wake up SA

  • paul.c.wadsworth - 2012-07-24 10:52

    You want services.........PAY FOR SERVICES, don't DEMAND!!

  • Bloodstone - 2012-07-24 10:59

    And come election time those same protesters will queue up with their free yellow t-shirts chomping on their free lunch hand-outs to vote for same lame party they are protesting against today...clever bunch!

      msendi - 2012-07-24 11:17

      The problem is that ANC no competitors…

      msendi - 2012-07-24 12:14

      @Solarflair… At the moment those parties don't stand a change if they don't form one big party. Maybe in future DA will cause an upset, maybe if more blacks join DA some white will leave…

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-07-24 14:23

      msendi, you are such a racist, why must white Africans leave the DA for more black Africans to join, your very comment proves your racist tendency, you are part of the problem, the ideal is for all South Africans to vote an honest government into power, the savings in corruption alone will be billions that can then be spent on improving training / education etc, am I going to fast for you.

  • alfred.neumann.142 - 2012-07-24 11:20

    You voted for it and you got it... in buckets. So suck it up and wallow in it without stuffing things up for everyone else. We're all out of sympathy for you idiots.

      llewellyn.saville - 2012-07-24 11:58

      @Alfred. Unfortunately the community of Mariannridge falls within a ward and constitutes a small part of the ward. Even though the ward is an ANC stronghold, Mariannridge is a mix of political parties and therefore gets overlooked because it's not loyal. Please understand the facts before you unfairly criticise us.

      llewellyn.saville - 2012-07-24 11:58

      @Alfred. Unfortunately the community of Mariannridge falls within a ward and constitutes a small part of the ward. Even though the ward is an ANC stronghold, Mariannridge is a mix of political parties and therefore gets overlooked because it's not loyal. Please understand the facts before you unfairly criticise us.

      alfred.neumann.142 - 2012-07-24 13:13

      Oh right, so despite the fact it's an ANC stronghold it's not actually the ANC's fault or the mindless sheep who voted for them... again, it's the fault of the people who voted for other parties who made the ANC punish their supporters who won them the ward in the first place? Makes perfect sense Llewellyn, can't see a single flaw in that logic at all.

  • Michael - 2012-07-24 11:35

    Many service delivery protests are taking place in the Western Cape townships, home of DA, now, where does this idea that DA is the solution for service delivery come from? No other government can do better than ANC for majority of South Africans, a lot has been done already, injustices of the past left big mess that can not be fixed as speedily as people are expecting! Down with DA down! Forward with ANC forward!

      rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-07-24 11:54

      Michael: Your (and everyone else's) partisanship is the real problem. The ANC has virtually absolute power, until that changes improvements will be cosmetic (just enough to retain the power). Whatever it takes the ANC majority needs reducing so that their actions, and not just their words, are made to be accountable to all of SA's people. The idea of a democracy that serves ALL of its people will be a first in Sub-Saharan Africa (maybe excluding Botswana), is the country capable of that, or will we continue to regress into tribalism and factionalism?

      alfred.neumann.142 - 2012-07-24 13:27

      Nice try Michael. DA leads providing basic services, by far... WC has best housing conditions... WC has the best audits... WC has the most flushing toilets... You can blame "past injustices" all you like but the facts remain, while the DA are far from perfect they still beat the pants off of the ANC in pretty much every department. The obvious bottom line is that you need your head read if you're still voting ANC, and unfortunately you deserve whatever you get. Or don't get in this case.

  • leanne.slade - 2012-07-24 11:35

    I am a former resident of this area and because of the rezoning with wards. Whether we voted ANC in or not we still have an ANC councillor. Minorities are being totally ignored hence these people rioting. There has been little if any development in this area for decades. Schools have been closed and those employed stopped from going to work. People are desperate. They have a councillor they didnt vote in, which pays no attention to this small coloured community. After all the protests he comes through and addresses from his vehicle.People dont know him and certainly didnt vote him in.

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-07-24 11:43

    If the police can't arresst these people, send in the army. They are breaking the law, take them away. They don't have permission.

  • llewellyn.saville - 2012-07-24 11:51

    Mariannridge (formely a coloured area) consists of people from all South African races and various political parties, from ANC and DA through to the ACDP.\r\nThis quiet and close knit community is abundant with talent and skill but is often overlooked by the government of the day.\r\n\r\nUnfortunately, the article fails to highlight that these current protests are as a result of unfulfilled promises of development and housing inspite of the improvements being made to surrounding areas .\r\n\r\nEven though the violence being shown is unacceptable, repeated failure by the present and previous councillors to adequately address the peoples pleas, has left many members of the community feeling that there is no other way to get their cries heard.\r\n\r\nEven though I regret the course that the protesters have taken, having grown up in this community and knowing the plight of many of the people personally I can't help to but sympathise with the pain they feel.\r\n\r\nNot a violent protester but still proudly from Mariannridge.

      Raymond - 2012-07-24 15:22

      Once again, what the hell does \r\n\r\n\ mean? Seriously, what does it stand for?

      llewellyn.saville - 2012-07-24 18:11

      @Airborne68 - that stuff you question is code inserted by News24 webscript unable to read my spacebar or enter key entry. Read carefully and see where it is. It's not by me, but by code.

  • Siphiwo - 2012-07-24 12:01

    This makes me remember in my home town Umlazi. Road constructors dig the main road from Megacity to Umlazi Bus Depot ( R-Section ), having started 4 months ago and still not even one section of that main road is complete.The traffic in the mornings and afternoons, is unbearable, resulting into accidents and there it seems like, nobody cares. Even Metro Police, don't bother to direct the traffic at all. The situation there is like a ' ticking time bomb '. May we appeal to the power-that-may-be, to please facilitate this before the bomb explodes as in other areas.

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-07-24 12:14

    Anybody remember the leadership principle of 'under-promise and over-deliver'? Or was it only relevant for old farts like me? Somebody needs to tell these jokers that call themselves a government that: 1. You tell the public a lie once and it means that you tell lies. It doesn't mean that everything you say is a lie, but once I know that you tell lies I am unlikely to take your word on trust for anything. 2. You fail to do your job once and it means that you are incapable of doing your job 100%. It doesn't mean that you are worthless at your job, but it does mean that you cannot be trusted to do your job without supervision. 3. You commit a crime and it means that you are a criminal. It doesn't mean that everything you do is against the law, but it does mean that all of your actions are subject to your criminal tendencies, and you have to be supervised. and the list goes on.... Harsh maybe, but competence, honesty and leadership credibility are based on such maxims. How do the individuals in government shape up?

  • cheryl.vanwyhemagiera - 2012-07-24 12:20

    @Carl DeBeer your comment is uncalled for. I grew up in this community for the past 25 years & now reside in Jhb but still have all my family, friends & fellow residents to think of. If u have to visit and see the condions our community is living in then you would think twice of adding your comment. You might be part of the fortunate one's that have grown up in suburbs then good for you but we all didnt have your opportunity. Protesting is the only way the pples voices are heard in this country!!!

  • imelda.carpyde - 2012-07-24 13:33

    People from Marianridge it,s about time you unite. its the only language these corrupt officials understand. We support you don,t give up.

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