ENews team moved to safety

2011-02-15 12:10

Johannesburg - ENews journalist Jody Jacobs and cameraman Linge Ndabambi were moved to a place of safety after they were attacked by violent protesters at Wesselton, outside Ermelo on Tuesday.

"They have been moved to a place of safety. The journalist was not injured and cameraman was being medically assessed on the scene," said spokesperson Vasili Vas.

He said a satellite van and equipment were damaged during the attack.

Live television footage on the eNews channel showed a group stoning a police vehicle, which sped away, and then rushing toward the cameraman and journalist, who sought cover in their van.

The cameraman's hand was bleeding and the vehicles windows were damaged.

Journalist Jody Jacobs told viewers that their laptops were also damaged.

Fired on protesters

Police were shown firing rubber bullets at the protesters and later, firing on them with handguns.

Earlier, Mpumalanga police spokesperson Captain Leonard Hlathi said the protests, believed to be over service delivery issues, entered a second day on Tuesday.

He could not confirm reports in Beeld newspaper that the protests were related to the community being unhappy about the ANC's candidate lists for the local government elections.

He said 33 people would appear in the Ermelo Magistrate's Court on Tuesday after they were arrested on Monday for public violence.

Hlathi said protesters barricaded roads by using burning tyres and stones on Monday.

"They broke down robots and some traffic signs."

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  • Soothsayer - 2011-02-15 12:15

    I thought it is part of the package.

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-02-15 12:16

    Dear ANC voters: You have 2 options - Vote for another party or don't vote at all. But to vote for the most incompetent govt on the planet is in fact a mortal sin (and that God who is supposedly on the ANC's side...might not be as pro ANC as you think...)

      Simply - 2011-02-15 12:25

      Continue to vote ANC, deal with NON-Service Delivery!!!

      DeonL - 2011-02-15 12:48

      To blackshame: Vote DA and you will get toilets with walls, unless the ANC brakes them off again and again and again, like in Cape Town

      pointblankza - 2011-02-15 12:49

      Oh Blackpride, at least you got bloody toilets.... The ANC led Limpompo are still using bucket systems... grow up.

      Ruan - 2011-02-15 12:53

      @Blackpride, is that the best you could come up with? Do you really want me to list all the current governments faults? Do you really want that? I can't understand how you can keep on voting for this government!! They promise you the world for your vote,but you get nothing in return!! Open your eyes!

      Other Justin - 2011-02-15 13:14

      @Blackpride - get your facts straight ignoramus, the ANCYL broke down the toilet enclosures that were put up by the DA government, EVEN THOUGH the community agreed to put up their own enclosures for MORE toilets! You idiot ANC supporters will always distort a story to suite your agenda and to hell with the facts. I think it is the only way to make the DA look anywhere remotely as incompetent as the African National Circus. VIVA AMAUSELESS VIVA

      emmamimie - 2011-02-15 13:35

      Blackpride you should actually change your name to SApride then maybe you and your kind will start having pride in country that was given to you. The wall less toilet saga was spelt out in the media go and read it again. You people are to used to vanvalising everything that you do not pay for then cry about what you do not have. THe government has not respect for its people, as some of you do not even respect yourselves.

      AJ - 2011-02-15 13:52

      and blackpride does a runner....

      Blackpride - 2011-02-15 15:32

      Ruan, come with your list and i'll come with mine. Emmamimie, really, i've got not time for your bulls#!t. It was spelt out in the media, the toilets had not wall, how stupied are you. No AJ, some of us actually have work to do.

  • tdk25 - 2011-02-15 12:16

    You know my black people sometimes can be really stupid. E-news is there to cover their plight so their story could be out there and they assult them. WTF???

      Smaal - 2011-02-15 12:47

      Simple really, they attack police. Police defends them self. Monday they all sit in front of cameras claiming the police shot first, they were intimidated by the police, they are the “victims” and so on. If the news is live these ANC supporters can’t claim anything of the sort. An old ANC trick.

      pointblankza - 2011-02-15 12:49

      It's South Africa's 12th official language dude.

      Editme - 2011-02-15 13:14

      @Blackpride: Shame boet, making a total ass of yourself. Learn to f*cking spell. - Stupid - def, someone like you retard.

      Other Justin - 2011-02-15 13:16

      @Blackballsack, yet another idiotic comment from the peanut gallery....

      Blackpride - 2011-02-15 15:51

      Editme, oh spare me please, this whole page is riddled with spelling errors, thats why Microsoft includes a spell checker in word, outlook,etc, is everyone who uses it a retard?

  • dseedat - 2011-02-15 12:16

    ya if you not happy then strike and if not yet then fight.the new south africa viva

  • Rob - 2011-02-15 12:17

    1 Option - Vote for ANYBODY but the ANC

  • roamingwolf17 - 2011-02-15 12:17

    Sorry but "VIVA ANC" cough cough

  • - 2011-02-15 12:18

    Our only hope IS the DA

      Rob - 2011-02-15 12:45

      @Mxo32: For your info Helen Zille was an anit-apartheif activist. Stop only seeing colour. DA is for THE ENTIRE PEOPLE of SA. Wake up Mfo!

      DeonL - 2011-02-15 12:52

      Mx032-DA has never been an all white party despite what ANC supporters say, that is why DA rules here.

      pointblankza - 2011-02-15 13:02

      @Mxo, did you know the DA is the most racially diverse prty in SA? Looks like you believe the BS you get fed unconditionally.

      Other Justin - 2011-02-15 13:18

      @Mxo32 - Do yourself a HUGE favour, if the colour of the person you vote for is soooooo important, take a look at the amount of black people representing the DA, nationally and at local level, you would be very pleasantly surpised. My DA rep is a confident, intelligent black woman!

      Editme - 2011-02-15 13:20

      @Mxo32, or whatever your nic is suppose to mean. You're just proof of what's wrong with this messed up country and it's (not always) corrupt government. People firmly believe that any other political party than the ANC is aimed to only improve the lives of white people. If I had one wish, it would be that there would come an incurable disease (not aids) that would kill out all the people with the same mindset as you. Seriously dude, grow the F*ck up, when someone says something it's not all about racism you childish brat. Comments like yours aren't welcome a-hole.

      TBOOZE - 2011-02-15 13:58

      mayb if all these parties cn stop telling us about smthing we already knw like they r misusing our money MAYB we can vote 4 them...they need a change of plan like wat r they willing 2 offer bcz mis management of money is nt new even on the white gov there was ...Eugene de Kock owned huge farms that costs millions which sm1 on hs positions 2day mite nt hv been able 2 afford(im nt trying 2 do reverse race here im jst stating facts).al these political parties focus on wat anc does wrong instead of telling us wat they promise if we vote

  • Kyle_logan - 2011-02-15 12:24

    the police must change to live ammo and heavier weapons....

      Smaal - 2011-02-15 12:50

      Agreed, remember, they are all ANC supporters with cards. They will all go to heaven (a better place) so technically you will be doing them a favour.

  • Fredster69 - 2011-02-15 12:25

    Why? why do people resort to violence? clearly logic does not reside...

  • Alwyn - 2011-02-15 12:27

    Remove the Bloody agents,,,to safety,Juju Vuvulema s famous words got a new meaning today,,,,,,The ANC is falling faster than the National party,Cant wait to read about them in history books

  • marc - 2011-02-15 12:30

    Jody Jaaaaccccoooobbss!!!

  • Adolf - 2011-02-15 12:32

    uhm... why do protesters never volunteer?

      nobodyneedstoknowme - 2011-02-15 12:40

      it's easier to get somebody to do something for you than doing it yourself.

  • Grazy - 2011-02-15 12:34

    I was wondering when the Egipt way will start catching hold here. They cannot be left out of the success, can they??

      shivsenholdings - 2011-02-15 12:47

      I thought that is exactly what the NYDA paid for at its conference...inspired the revolt by youths in Egypt, Tunisia & Yemen....thank the National Youth Development Agency...

  • Graham - 2011-02-15 12:38

    A vote for the ANC is a vote for heaven.... Meaning soon we heaven got electricity, we heaven got water, we heaven got jobs, we heaven got money, we heaven got roads... eish!!!

      Milo29 - 2011-02-15 12:45

      Well done. Best ever. You deserve an Oscar, or is it Grammy, or WTF. Bes statement; says it all.

      Smaal - 2011-02-15 12:52

      BBBbbwwwwaaaaaa hahahaha Brilliant!

      Louis III - 2011-02-15 13:44

      Thanks for explaining that Graham, makes sense to me now.

      Zinki - 2011-02-15 14:07

      @Graham. That's brilliant!

      Jack - 2011-02-15 14:46

      LOL, you funny. Like the egyptions, they're also in de Nile!

      Flee - 2011-02-15 15:58

      Waaahahah ROTFLMAO..... Brill Graham...

      Proffie - 2011-02-15 19:08

      Well said Graham. Heaven can wait.

  • kznsc - 2011-02-15 12:43

    Aim for these service deliverers at the voting stations VIVA!

  • Sir Richard - 2011-02-15 12:44


  • dvdb27 - 2011-02-15 12:47

    I watched the live broadcast on Enews - You could see from the expression on Jody's face that his poephol was going R5, 10c, R5, 10c... Mine would have done the same, to be honest. If these riots had to escalate and spread it would not be half as pretty as what we saw in Egypt.

      nathang247 - 2011-02-15 13:02

      Bwhahahahaha...thats kaas funny!!! R5..10c...classic

      Flee - 2011-02-15 15:59

      Never heard it explained like that wwwaaahahahah

  • SeWat - 2011-02-15 12:48

    If you vote ANC you get nothing but fat useless politicians and a thin starving nation!! All you ANC voters are responsible for the chaos in this country!! Why carry on voting for them when they have not done anything but rather fill your heads with empty promises!! But wait...when it comes to voting then its VIVA ANC VIVA MALEMA!!! Stupid African mentality! Pity, we could all live together in harmony but while the ANC rules, that will never happen!!

  • Bettysue - 2011-02-15 12:52

    Time for our police foce to be just that - A force! Time to replace rubber bullets with real one's. Then perhaps these hooligans will take notice!

      nixcroft - 2011-02-15 16:25

      i would tend to agree, however let this escalate..tunisia 1, egypt 2, yemen 3, south africa 4 ??? i hope so

  • madcow - 2011-02-15 12:53

    I hope the people of Ermelo get whatever it is that they want from all of this 'cause man they are pissed!!!...Glad the news crew was moved to safety.

  • Graham - 2011-02-15 12:56

    A vote for the ANC is a vote for heaven.... Meaning soon we heaven got electricity, we heaven got water, we heaven got jobs, we heaven got money, we heaven got roads... eish!!!

      Zinki - 2011-02-15 14:10

      Whitepig. Don't you catch what Graham is saying; "heaven got" is how they would say "haven't got". So they haven't got electricity, haven't got water etc, etc, etc.

  • Baas-Julius - 2011-02-15 12:56

    Another proud day for black people.

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-02-15 12:59

    A case of mistaken identity....they thought it was Deborah Patta..

  • Madelane - 2011-02-15 13:08

    Way to go ANC......all this destruction and violence rests at your door!!!

  • Jeremy - 2011-02-15 13:12

    Welcome to the ANC heaven!

  • hantiejansenvanvuuren - 2011-02-15 13:14

    Why is it that if you are a hooligan that destroys the government's property and equipment, you get what you want. But if you are a good, law abiding citizen, you can forget about service delivery and on top of that you get slapped with high taxes and toll fees? Does the ANC want us to know they prefer criminals to good citizens?

  • johnjohn46 - 2011-02-15 13:15

    This is what Afric is all about people!!

  • psydomx - 2011-02-15 13:15

    Too many handouts make for spoiled children, spoiled children tend to play up when reality kicks in.... time to go ANC , corrupt disappointments!

  • Zakhele - 2011-02-15 13:49

    Not many comments from me. It's time to clean our own house guys. JZ and his Ministers need be realistic and get involved in issues affecting people at the grassroots levels. The hard facts are that I know deep down that our ANC candidates are corrupt and the first remedy is accepting that our people are corrupt. We need weed out this corruption before hungry people see alternatives in Madam HZ. She is coming like a whizzing wind (I am quickly getting deaf) and making her presence felt, there is no doubt about that.

      TBOOZE - 2011-02-15 14:19

      every gov is corrupt nd thats a fact..the only dif btwn white gov nd blck is tht white ppl took care of their fellow white ppl while blck gov ppl took care of them selves. thats y in the olden days it was very rare 2 c a poor white person..blck or white gov either way blck poor ppl r screwed,like ive said b4 during past times u had white policemen who owned farms that worth millions of do u mean 2 tel me the R6/7 000 earned by 2days policeman cn afford that amount of land..

      Dougalan - 2011-02-15 15:13

      Good comment, Zakhele. To people like TBooze, maybe you need to know that Zille does not tolerate corruption. She was also an anti-apartheid activist during the reign of the Nat Party. She has also stopped her councillors buying fancy new cars every year. Result: better governance and more money available for the people. Which is what a govt SHOULD be - and what the ANC most certainly isn't. May voters start waking up - it's not about Black or White or Coloured or Indian but GOOD GOVERNANCE THAT BENEFITS THE PEOPLE.

      Felix - 2011-02-15 15:31

      Oh crap Zakhele, did you lose all that damning email evidence you had on the DA? You gonna need a BIG mop and bucket to clean 'your' house. Keep a purse handy for all the loose cash lying around...

      TBOOZE - 2011-02-15 15:49

      @dougalan Mbeki refused 2 get salary raise ,in fact he said if it was 4 him ministers wouldnt als.dd u knw his mother took a bus 2 go 2 town while he was a president ?,SA is 1 of the countries that ddnt feel credit crunch bcz of hm..the big Q is, was he a good president ?

      Flee - 2011-02-15 16:05

      Hi Zakhele... Thank you so much for really making comment about the issue and not making it about Race... The political party who delivers is the party that should reign over the country... Klaar... HZ is making an impact and eventually it will overpower the ANC if they are not careful....

      Zakhele - 2011-02-15 16:08

      @Felix - The trouble with people like you is that you remain rigid in your approach to life. You don't look at the facts. My argument has always been that it is not correct that it is only ANC that is corrupt. Neither did I say DA is exempted from corruption. But you cannot ignore the fact that ANC's own demise is the DA gaiN. I am just warning my ANC colleagues that corruption is eating us now, otherwise we wouldn't have our own people rebelling against us. As for damning emails evidence on the DA members, you know I will be the one to loose and end up with nothing. My own ANC Cdes will shy way from me like they always do. There is a saying that says, ' Put Family first'. The same saying applies to me too. Yes, there are emails colluding on how to milk the government coffers and take advantage that gov is fast asleep. You just go ask your father my bro? Perhaps, that's why you have Multinational building South Africa instead of you and I building our country. Instead you are consumed with defence and the self-righteousnes in your organisation. You give them the power, they will be the first in the history on mankind not to abuse it. Hence I am saying we in the ANC need clean our house. Have a good one mate!

  • NewZimBobwe - 2011-02-15 13:53


  • Fanie - 2011-02-15 14:21

    Nevermind the boken toilets - If you remember a while ago in the Northwest the people burned down there schools in protest against bad service delivery. Who stupid can you be. Now the childern will suffer. I suppose now they'r going to complain about not having schools aswell. No brains - Idiots

  • whyte58 - 2011-02-15 14:31

    I seriously seem to be missing sometning belhar of 2 FEB 2011 Cape Town the rubbish dispossible trucks did not pitch and people were like OK damn we need our trash picked up...never did they go on and start burning tires and protesting at approximately after 10pm the trucks only pitched and the whole community gladly got out of bed and rushed to get their dirt bins out...they asked the trash truck driver what happend and he politley replied the truck broke down...yes u might say well they pitched or it did not go on for days and weeks but the moral of teh story is the mind sets of the people involved...if u wanna break it down to race it a colored community...we can also cause a stirr if need be but we think before we act...PLEASE CONTINUE VOTING IN ANC AND THIS WILL BE THE RESULT...Look at the truck drivers at the moment resorting to the same barbaric behaviour and for what coz they know create some public damage and ANC will then only respond...

  • Jack - 2011-02-15 14:37

    Banana anyone?

      NewZimBobwe - 2011-02-15 14:57

      Or KFC

  • Zion - 2011-02-15 15:37

    Burnt tyres, broke down robots and some traffic signs. In other words the normal civilized african methods of showing their discontent at service delivery: whosoever may be the candidate. Wesselton is a hell hole by far and local unrest has its cradle there. Now when these people have tired of destroying and voting their ANC liberators they will be back on the street destroying all over again while still in bondage, It will never end while they have the right to vote and the right to destroy. Tomorrow is another day.

  • Blackpride - 2011-02-15 15:40

    All one really has to do to stay convinced never to vote for a white led party is read all these lovely racist comments. They remind us everyday, really, every, every day. So you can keep complaining and making nasty comments and we'll stay in power, coz your to stupied to realise that the more you offend people the more they turn against you. Now that I like, thanks to you all.

      NewZimBobwe - 2011-02-15 15:57

      Look in the mirror if you want to see stupid. WHY do you people vote anc then bitch and moan every single year. THAT TO ME IS STUPID. Its like the donkey following a carrot dangling in front of it. What am I saying a donkey is usefull.

  • David_E - 2011-02-15 15:50

    Was watching this live, it was pretty intense! Mob mentality took over and it was pure chaos... that cameraman deserves a medal for continuing to shoot footage

  • David_E - 2011-02-15 15:54

    Was watching this live, it was pretty intense! Mob mentality took over and it was pure chaos... that cameraman deserves a medal for continuing to shoot footage

  • Tremayne - 2011-02-15 19:17

    @black pride. SA has just gone down since the anc has taken over. since they took over. all of your nation thought they owned SA. Catch a wake up. SA has gone down bcoz of this... or are you too blind to see?

      Emile - 2012-06-11 14:31

      thats not gonna get you anywhere. some people just feel entitled like that. its not even their fault really. politicians just hammer it into our heads that our country owes them something, and whoever their political opponents may be - those people want to withold from you what you are owed. its simple, its effective. the anc still wins

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