Violent Cape Town protests flare up again

2012-08-13 07:17

Johannesburg - Eight people were arrested for public violence in Cape Town after Khayelitsha residents burnt tyres and stoned vehicles, the city's disaster management centre said on Monday.

Spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said a group of 200 protesters were burning tyres and scattering rubble in the road at Duynefontein Road between Lansdowne and Vanguard Drive on Sunday night and the early hours of Monday morning.

Just before midnight, a group of protesters started burning tyres and a metro police vehicle was stoned and damaged, he said.

Live rounds fired

"At 04:30 [on Monday morning] a lamp pole was removed and the area became volatile and the roadway has to be closed in both directions," said Solomons-Johannes.

"The officers fired live rounds at the protesters. No injuries have been reported."

Solomons-Johannes said protesters again gathered at Duynefontein Road between Lansdowne and Vanguard Drive.

"All the lanes has been closed to traffic until further notice and motorists are been diverted to make use of alternative routes."

A large contingent of officers was on high-alert to monitor the area after information was received that various groups wanted to disrupt Cape Town on Monday, he added.

"Three persons have been arrested by the City Metropolitan Police Department and another five by the SAPS for public violence," said Solomons-Johannes.

ANCYL blamed

Last week, more than 60 people were arrested following protests in Gugulethu. Petrol bombs were hurled at police officers and an Eyewitness News vehicle was stoned.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille blamed the African National Congress Youth League for being behind protests in the Democratic Alliance-led city.

De Lille said the protests seemed to be driven by "reckless political rhetoric of the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) and other groupings".

The City Press newspaper reported at the weekend that the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation and Wits University had analysed protest hotspots in Gauteng and Mpumalanga, and concluded that ANC factions were behind some of the protests.

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  • nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-08-13 07:29

    stupid ANCYL losers, shame

      johnathon.masters - 2012-08-13 11:00

      The ANC must have send bus loads of its best agitators down to the Western Cape, as part of an early electioneering campaign.

  • arne.verhoef - 2012-08-13 07:32

    The will of an idiot. Never better yourself,just darg everything down to your level. This country will never prosper because of it.

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-08-13 07:49

    @ Gerry - so true, live rounds were fired yet no injuries! What were they aiming at? Obviously not the protesters.

  • sekwati.robinson - 2012-08-13 07:49

    ok let me get this straight,this fellow south africans woke up at 04:30 just to be vandals..people sure have lot of time and energy on their hands...lets go and search for employment my dear people...

  • andre.ackermann.14 - 2012-08-13 07:52

    Dont be fooled. This is NOT protesting. This is a destruction mentality in action driven by the very same ANC allies who claim to drive peacefull democracy. One can simply NEVER trust their so called peacefull motives.The wheel will turn on you ANCYL!!

  • charles.brink.90 - 2012-08-13 07:53

    This was exactly what 'your god' Mandela ordered the 'peepol' years ago.....With our masses and matches we will rule [f#$%^up] the country....

      jean.tredoux.5 - 2012-08-13 08:22

      to be fair if your family was oppressed you would also react the same way... today though these acts are just barbaric and it just shows the ANC and their cronies are no different from the rest unsuccessful African leaders, they will do anything to stay in power!!!

  • koolHD - 2012-08-13 08:00

    Typical SAPS, \The officers fired live rounds at the protesters. No injuries have been reported.\ mxm!! These ANCYL retards are taking the spotlight from Caster and other olympians.

  • chris.potgieter.73 - 2012-08-13 08:03

    Then, lest they forget, protester's will have to one day tell their kids why it is that they still live in a shack. Their culture has been passed down from parents to kids for far too long know. When will they finally turn on the Luthuli House deployed cadre's?

  • mawetu.janda - 2012-08-13 08:09

    As usual ignorant and poor poeple from the SHACKs,whose mind-eyes don't see what everyone see, that Western Cape is best managed province in South Africa, are being manipulated by the power hungry and selfish ANC politicians who fail in each and every province they are in charge of.

  • linda.horsfield.77 - 2012-08-13 08:17

    The ANC have rendered every province they are in control of ungoverened through sheer incompetence and corruption. the only way the ANC can ensure the same lack of service delivery in the Western Cape is through this orchestrated violence - which they threatened to do. Nobody with an IQ in double digits believes that these are real service delivery protests - which rules out the president, most of the cabinet and all ANC voters. Unfortunately the ANC do not support democracy - and believe that violence is an acceptable means of protest when thing dont go their way. They cannot accept that not only did the citizens of the Western Cape vote for the DA - the government auditor has stated that it is the best run province in the country. The ANC have proved conclusively over the last 18 years that they are not competent to run a bath let alone a country - but what can you expect when your president has the educational equivalent of a 12 year old!

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-08-13 08:23

    Pity the rain stopped...would have kept them all indoors

      abram.spamers - 2012-08-13 08:41

      Ironic but true... must be hard to set things on fire in the rain

  • ian.d.samson - 2012-08-13 08:39

    Nothing in the report says WHY they are doing it? Just doing it because they can? Is Helen Zille losing control of her province?

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-08-13 09:34

      She would have dealt with those brainless along time ago if she had authority over the security forces and the judiciary. So no, she's not losing control, Our province is hijacked by a bunch of idiotic lazy stupid morons who would rather get up at 2 in the morning to disrupt others lives, than to go out and look for a job.

  • darryl.maze1 - 2012-08-13 08:39

    This is really getting pathetic now. The ANCYL must be held for treason. They are affecting ppl that wanna work and earn money. The ANCYL must be held accountable for this and the DA must send the ANCYL the bill for all the damages.This is just typical mentallity of the ANCYL, go out and destroy what you have and then cry later because they burnt it all. Get over ANCYL, we are happy with the DA running the WC. If you dont like it here go back to the EC were most of you do have houses there.

  • grant.taylor.142 - 2012-08-13 08:42

    they should try and get jobs rather than destroy everything

  • ddnjozela - 2012-08-13 08:45

    All u saying is true, bt us complaining about wont change the situation. what are we doing to change the mindsets of our fellow citizens in the townships, coz if one guy from the ancyl tells them 2 jump and they jump, wouldnt there be more impact from us in the provice if we motivate them to seek Intellectual knowledge, and stop critising them, coz i dont think they themselves know what the doing is dumb, they just driven and motivated by opinion leaders like the ancyl.Change happens in the change of mindsets

      Karooboer - 2012-08-13 10:15 is very easy, tell your people to open their eyes and stop voting for the corrupt ANC for a free T-shirt!

  • Bzeng - 2012-08-13 09:09

    ppl ar abusin the ryt to protest, gosh thy dnt even pay tax, thy destroy wat thy hv and destruct wat is already workn. find a job and own wat u wana own!!

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-08-13 09:11

    As much as I condone protest but public violence is not the way to go at all, no ways. Yes it has worked four ago decades due to some reasons but now they are destroying what they have these poor people.

  • joannqobile.bhengu - 2012-08-13 09:11

    Are they really still using the bucket system? Don't blame the poor people.

  • elewies - 2012-08-13 09:26

    Why aren't these people arrested? Protests should be peaceful! They are nothing but common thugs. If Zille had any balls she would order the arrest of all who are bashing up sh#t! The Western Cape is the only relatively decently run province in this country and shouldn't tolerate these barbaric tendencies commonly found in hooligan-central, Gauteng

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-08-13 09:28

      She has the balls as you put it, but not the authority over police to order them around elewies.

  • amandacoolbeans.vniekerk - 2012-08-13 10:13

    Mmm…. If you don’t like the Western Cape Province go elsewhere where you do get what you want. Nobody is forcing you to stay here, so why would you? You destroyers don’t have 2 brain cells to think that what you destroy needs to be replaced again.

  • peter.t.fredericks1 - 2012-08-13 10:34

    We all know who is behind these protest action, please go protest in the other provinces that cannot deliver halve what is being done in the Western Cape. There is better ways platforms to express your grievances, you damage this resources in your area that you need and expect it to be replace. For once be accountable try to get employment or do something constructive. All you here is We demand ,We demand but are you willing to pay for it so that you can appreciate it. And that is the people still voting for a ruling party that has been governing for almost 20years.

  • anri.tredoux - 2012-08-13 10:47

    So I guess we back in Apartheid with violent actions like these.. Last time it got so out of hand was in die 1970's.. Where is the army this time?! Do you really want to relive being held down by the Army, only this time by your own people.. Doesn't make sense does it?

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