Eskom evacuates plant as protest turns violent

2012-09-06 16:52

Johannesburg - Around 60 Eskom contract employees who were due to lose their jobs embarked on a violent protest at the Medupi power plant in Limpopo on Thursday, the parastatal said.

The workers, contracted by Murray & Roberts Construction and Grinaker-LTA damaged several vehicles and some equipment, it said in a statement.

Spokesperson for Murray & Roberts, Ed Jardim said the workers were well informed of the demobilising plan which saw around 600 of them lose their jobs.

"With a major project like this, often you have to mobilise and demobilise employees depending on the need and the project labour plan.

"The plan is done in accordance with Eskom and we followed all the right channels", he added.

Although the protest was contained, all the workers were sent home as a precautionary measure.

Medupi, the 4 764MW power station, was expected to start generating power for the national grid next year.

About 17 000 workers were on the site.

  • robynne.els.1 - 2012-09-06 16:57

    Pathetic! Another tantrum resulting in damage! Bloody hooligans!

      Jason - 2012-09-06 17:00

      The government must be careful not to let this monster get too big!

      ianon.ym - 2012-09-06 17:08

      It's already a monster - and it's about to get bigger ...

      derek.smith.12177276 - 2012-09-06 17:15

      Isnt a kolobe a pig??? Well you got the brain of one though...good name suits you...

      henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-09-06 17:18

      Kolobe, apartheid is dead fool. The only one who are benefiting now are the cadres you stupidly vote for!

      henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-09-06 17:31

      What has the farmer got to do with this idiot?

      farmfreund - 2012-09-06 17:40

      They have asked Zuma it did not work then Juju, then Bantu, then they will ask Tutu then they will ask the Boss to forgive them, just give it time have a braai, klippies and relax these things has sorted themselves out over 400 years, maybe smoke a joint but just relax

      philip.vde - 2012-09-06 17:58

      @mzuki ... yes and they dying of hunger and eating the tree's roots .... do you know that food comes from these farms ?? you won't be able to even grow a stinging nettle ... if you know what it is !

      marcusvandermerwe - 2012-09-06 18:06

      No need for racial comments please. Start acting like adults. It does nothing other than aggevate racial tension, which we really don't need.

      marcusvandermerwe - 2012-09-06 18:08

      I suspect the "masses" is a room with a few guys plotting and planning these stunts.

  • ec.van.niekerk - 2012-09-06 16:59

    did anyone think it will stop at the mines ... its only starting...!!!!!

      rodney.bevan.58 - 2012-09-06 20:06

      I think acts such as this on essential services should be treasonous, send in the cops and the army and shoot them.

  • OmegaFenix22 - 2012-09-06 16:59

    Is it just me or does this article not actually tell us what they where protesting? O.o

      michael.i.wright - 2012-09-06 17:25

      They need a reason?

      OmegaFenix22 - 2012-09-06 17:49

      I guess they dont but I would like to know so that next time I am being lambasted for being "Anti-South Africa" (Im an Expat BTW) I will have yet another example to share with them.

      vanzyld - 2012-09-07 09:47

      Honestly, Omega - they could have been protesting lack of breast-feeding in public schools! They would still have done the normal thing and turn savage - burn something or someone! Barbarians only think short term. If they can f^%k and feast they are happy. They actually messed up the normal pattern: no one was killed! That is inexcusable! Viva!

  • witwolf.digter - 2012-09-06 17:01

    I swear, the next time I am ticked off with the government because of their corruption and wasting our tax money I am going to Soweto and start burning houses down and throw cars with stones and dance out of fury....

      max.reynecke - 2012-09-06 17:24

      Mzukisijola, why so it the rainy weather and the dripping shack that gets to you?

      henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-09-06 17:32

      Mzu...Careful what you wish for!

      george.herman.5458 - 2012-09-06 17:56

      Mzukisi Jola Jose. I wonder if you tell the same stories to you familymembers posing with you on FB? Mabybe EK Academy (on FB you indicate it as your place of work) will be interested in the stance you take here. Or is EK Academy a farce like you? Maybe that is why you are still living in Cradock. Failed to move one hey? - 2012-09-06 18:33

      @mzukisijola.jose1 you are very troubled individual. You need to let go of whatever happened to you when you were young or you will forever be an angry hateful person. And yes you are a racist.

      ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-09-06 18:41

      Lol. This is really funny, u won't do that I know

      pisciotta - 2012-09-06 19:48

      I love it when Blacks express their self-deprecation. They destroy what they need. That is the ultimate example of self-hatred I can think of. Blacks simply do not like the fact they are black. There can be no other explaination. They own the country and this company is nationalized. Yet they are violent against themselves. Are they really that stupid? (yes that was a retorical question).

      dan.cooper.9634 - 2012-09-07 00:09

      PJP , you are quite right . They own it ,Escom is their goverments property , yet they burn it . The most fun I ever had in my life was when I was in zimbabwe . Each time I want to pay in Zim dollars , the locals tell me -""We dont take this SH*T , we want american dollars " and I enjoy myself arguing for 10 minutes about that it is legal tender ect . My frend Paul asked me once "' Why do you keep tendering Zim dollars , you know they dont want it " My answer to him was that I really enjoy seeing them practicing the worst form of self critisim and self loathing humanly possible and seeing how they are kissing the americans greenback Ar*se. They for all practical purpuses , in shunning their own currency is shunning their history , their legacy , and all they stand for , I love it !!! and give time the same is going to happen here

  • kelvin.rams - 2012-09-06 17:02

    Strike....strike....strike m tired of this

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-09-06 17:05

    And Nero fiddled as rome burned.

      wouter.basson.5 - 2012-09-06 17:35

      Our Nero fu..., not fiddles!

      dan.cooper.9634 - 2012-09-07 00:11

      Zumer havent got time to play the fiddle , to busy shagging , practicing nepotism and corruption . But yes , you are right

  • colin.nelson.568 - 2012-09-06 17:11

    The chickens are coming home to roost or roast?

  • thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-09-06 17:12

    The Revolution has started.

      max.reynecke - 2012-09-06 17:29

      And then what? Poverty and misery awaits you.....

      gieljam.gomtor - 2012-09-06 17:33

      People beg for work get work then start demanding all sort of perks once employed .All because of the labour laws that make a lot of labourers in South Africa all but cheap in fact, the most expensive in many cases.

      anakin.skyvader - 2012-09-06 17:48

      Go and start your new revolution in Zimbabwe

      juan.prinsloo.750 - 2012-09-06 18:02

      Well time for the police and army to stock up on bullets

      nkosikhonorman.ludidi - 2012-09-06 18:17

      only stupid uneducated people like you will call this nonsense a Revolution, Malema is misleading you, HE OWNS A BIG BLACK LANDROVER,16 MILLION HOUSE,HAVE BODYGUARDS,IS A MILLIONAIRE,HAS TRUST FUNDS, WHAT DO YOU HAVE AS HIS SUPPORTER?

      pyn.appel - 2012-09-06 18:18

      Mzu - Can you please try and explain to me why you want to fight about everything!!?!? I have loads of black friends who worked their arses off to be where they are today and they are happy with their achievements and we all have the same view on things - no matter our race. Why are you so angy? You are the racist here who just want to fight the whites for the sake of fighting. Mean time it is your OWN race screwing you and keeping most other blacks and poor people poor! An explanation will do me good to understand your thinking ... please enlight me!

      max.reynecke - 2012-09-06 18:43

      Mzukisijola, just remember one thing before you start your war talk against whites, most white men were forcefully trained by the NDF during apartheid and most of us are legal gun stop your nonsense.

      vanzyld - 2012-09-07 10:48

      ROFL - you backward peasant! It has never stopped since the 60s! Yet, how would you know? You never attended school!

      paul.bester.50 - 2012-10-23 10:46

      Some of us has been waiting for this so called revolution for ten years ! Watz up ?

  • johan.nieuwenhuys.7 - 2012-09-06 17:13

    What's this, a protest in South Africa turns violent? Surely that can't be true?\r\n\r\nI'm sorry but any and all people involved with a strike/protest that turns violent and damages privately owned property must be made to pay! Fine them, dock their salaries, if caught suspension from work and/or jail time.\r\n\r\nThis is getting out of hand now and if nothing is done about it it will get IS getting worse!

  • lodewyk.fred - 2012-09-06 17:13

    That's Ellisras.

  • JohnDough - 2012-09-06 17:16

    Bring back the electric chair!

      kelvyn.davidson.1 - 2012-09-06 17:18

      theres no power Duh

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-09-06 17:24

      Powered by Eskom with a full list of expected blackouts.

      gieljam.gomtor - 2012-09-06 17:25

      Not at this ridiculous rate this "EXCUM" is charging now

      desertratbkf - 2012-09-06 17:39

      First turn off your geyser, lights, pool pump etc. but make sure your TV is on so you can see the ad! DUMB F'KS

      desertratbkf - 2012-09-06 17:54

      Oh and after you've turned all of the above off, you must also turn off your stove! AT FEEDING TIME!!!! AGAIN! Dumb F'CKS!!!!

  • Pete7930 - 2012-09-06 17:17

    Call in the police. They can only benefit with more target practice.

  • oageng.lekete.7 - 2012-09-06 17:18

    We can all sit back and think this uproar will only affect the poor and underpaid workers, think again :(. ANC LEADERSHIP, this time around speed up your lazy r's or else you will be running and hiding in the holes like in the libyan saga.WATCH-OUT.....

      gieljam.gomtor - 2012-09-06 17:28

      Meaning keep them poor don't give them any sort of work ?

  • tshepoya.bamagoro - 2012-09-06 17:25

    WTF! Wat the hell is wrong with news24? You should tell us y this people are prostesting

      marvinmatholo - 2012-09-06 17:47

      whats new guy? ofcoz its wage dispute

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-09-06 17:26

    WE are DOOMED...

  • rplescia - 2012-09-06 17:34

    The country is officially buggered! It is falling into complete disarray and pretty soon investors will become as scarce as chickens teeth as they seek safer places for their money, this will mean more unemployment and more unrest... buggered I tell you!

      gieljam.gomtor - 2012-09-06 18:05

      Not buggered,"blackened" excuse the pun , fires everywhere...

  • desertratbkf - 2012-09-06 17:34

    Government dissolve! Your thieving, corruption and crime has finally caught up with you! You have disappointed the people you made promises to! Its not to late to save this country! Carry on what you vermin are doing......and its over! Stop thinking about your own filthy selves, and about the nation your supposed to protect and look after! You're worthless thugs more than the miners and electricity and everyone else thats going to follow! Zuma! Get out!

  • Zahir - 2012-09-06 17:42

    SA can't survive another 4 years with the anc govt in charge in fact 4 months is also too long

      luyolo.hlasela - 2012-09-07 00:30

      Keep this ur mind ANC will lead this country till God cames again,

  • anakin.skyvader - 2012-09-06 17:42

    There goes my mood for the day...what the bloody hell IS IT with these protests that there must ALWAYS be damage to property?! That's EVERYONE's future there they are screwing with. I'm really pissed off now..this must STOP. There is definitely an insidious element here stoking these protests and I really hope the govt. finds out very soon who is behind all this mayhem - we CAN'T AFFORD IT!!

  • shawn.swiegers - 2012-09-06 17:44

    And then we blame the police for being trigger happy?

  • george.michaelides.71 - 2012-09-06 17:45

    NO COMMENT...CHOPS....destroy destroy destroy, thats all you know...not build build f@rkin idiots...

  • sello.senama - 2012-09-06 17:48

    This is out of order!

  • sello.senama - 2012-09-06 17:49

    This is out of order!

  • Michael - 2012-09-06 17:51

    One thing i like about white people is that when they are not happy with salaries, they dont destroy properties or kill other people they may need in the future, i dont think every white person in this country is rich, i know i will be thumbed down from my fellow comrades, please someone help me to understand this issue, how do we teach people to understand values and to respect properties. When we took over government from apartheid, all infrustructure was intact, look at the Union Building. Why people destroy property they will need?

      carpejugulim - 2012-09-06 18:09

      What they don't realise is that every time something is damaged or destroyed money has to be spent repairing it ... money that could be used to build better houses, equip schools and reprovision state hospitals

      andile.vabasa - 2012-09-06 20:37

      Ja money that could have done this and that... but lets be honest, it would rather be used for Zuma's next wife and Julies next golden watch. Oh ja and for the ministers to live in fancy hotels that cost millions!

      vanzyld - 2012-09-07 09:55

      The ANC taught them this - the ANC came to power this way - the ANC will remain in power this way. Deal with it until the final collapse comes: when the 1,000 thugs up top have gorged themselves on BEE mining deals, while the rest of the country drowns in the violence of the toyi-toying savages.

  • njdejager - 2012-09-06 17:55

    Why can SAPS not ever prevent or stop ppl from always breaking down and damaging? Why do they always just " Monitor" the situation. The little moster is becoming bigger Mr Zum Zum. Its gonna bite you soon and it wont let go. Nyc place this SA eish.

  • dewey.dudu - 2012-09-06 17:57

    LET THE REVOLUTION START!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Tony - 2012-09-06 17:59

      How will that help the masses?

      dewey.dudu - 2012-09-06 18:02

      Tony, little change for the masses who are living in desperate conditions for decades already. It is those who hold on to this unjust system we maintain that must worry.

      cherri.pye.5 - 2012-09-06 18:04

      dewey you chop, who has been keeping the masses in poverty for the last 18 years - your own thieving, corrupt black brothers!

      desertratbkf - 2012-09-06 18:12

      Another troll!

      diederik.vanthof - 2012-09-07 10:35

      you had a revolution already you idiot! In 1994 - and look where it has got you!

  • cherri.pye.5 - 2012-09-06 18:00

    The government sure opened a can of worms by letting the Marikana thugs get away with it.

  • njdejager - 2012-09-06 18:02

    Break it down. Break everything down. Thats how everything works in Africa. Its not called the dark continent for nothing. Cause everything gets broken down. Then when its all broken then there is new reason to strike again because nownits broken and theres no POWER. Will ppl never ever think? Dumb question hey.....

      dewey.dudu - 2012-09-06 18:06

      Yes, break everything down so that the high and mighty hypocrites can also feel what it is like to have nothing - like the people who already know that feeling for decades and decades.

  • John Badenhorst - 2012-09-06 18:03

    in 1994 when the current powers took over, our infrastructure was there and only needed to be maintained and upgraded. Now, its different, crime runs rampant, potholes on almost every stretch of road, service deliver failures, kids without school books, government hospitals resembling old russian mental institutions, corruption, former police bosses up for fraud, murder and more....lets be realistic here...When will the insanity end?

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-09-06 18:05

    Burn burn Trash Trash is this the new educated of today. Gosh in my day we were taught we must study hard and when we get a job we must take pride in our job, have respect for the boss, by saying yes sir, no sir. Where did the majority get this idea to destroy everything. Do they think it makes it right. This is 2012 not the dark ages where people wielded sticks etc. Goodness this is certainly the african jungle at its best. When are these people going to grow up and have respect, self respect more than anything. If you dont respect yourself you are nothing.

      andile.vabasa - 2012-09-06 20:41

      You can take a fur out of the bush but you can't take the bush out of the fur.

  • derekneilmaclachlan - 2012-09-06 18:14

    Seems like all the blacks in this country only know how to destroy things.....VIVA ZIMBABWE VIVA....ITS NOT FAR AWAY

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-09-06 18:17

    So every protest in this country must result in damages, pathetic

  • hendrik.bruwer.3 - 2012-09-06 18:26

    Eskom is a state-owned company, so any reference to 'whites' is retarded.

  • KCorsar - 2012-09-06 18:59

    This fixation with violent protests, where private and corporate property is destroyed has to stop - time the unions were charged 'en masse' for failing to hold order in their ranks and civil damages claims laid against the Union and its leaders in their personal capacity - maybe when their assets are seized for damages we will see peaceful protests where people WILL listen. ENOUGH!!

  • tmotlogeloa - 2012-09-06 20:21

    All comkents are getting emotional and personal but none have been to Medupi. I work there. The strike was not about service delivery nor apartheid. But I suppose ignorance is bliss

  • andile.vabasa - 2012-09-06 20:22

    Do whatever you all want just long as it doesn't affect the people actually working and paying tax.

  • georgem.ndlovu - 2012-09-07 00:19

    people can talk because they don't know whats going on there l am with the striking comrades their cause its valid and understandable how can you demobolise then employ outsiders? we got many Chinese working here so let it be this govt is playing with the people l wish they would decide alright in having someone with brains to lead this ANC in December.Enough is enough poor are becoming more poorer while the govt families become more rich at the expense of the masses.

  • djlouw2 - 2012-09-07 06:43

    jip well what can we say about animal's

  • vanzyld - 2012-09-07 09:43

    Yes, Comrade Savages! Damage and burn it all! Tonight your stolen power is gone then you huddle in pathetic little groups so that the Liberal media can video you and show how victimized you are!

  • wittier.wit - 2012-09-07 17:36

    serves the boss right, they should have paid them good money and no one would be violent as they have something to fall back into. now as they live from hand to mouth they are scared their lifesyles is going to change to worse. to all of you greedy masters out there please start paying good and be happy with the minimum profit. i say make sure they feel the pain till you see the real BOSS he is hiding somewhere in parliament.

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