Extra police sent to violent Mpumalanga protest

2012-02-14 12:41

Johannesburg - Mpumalanga police arrested 51 service delivery protesters in Masoyi, south of Hazyview, on Tuesday.

They were charged with public violence, theft, and malicious damage to property, Captain Leonard Hlathi said.

"They broke into shops belonging to foreign nationals and looted them," he said.

More police had been sent to the scene. Earlier, he warned motorists to avoid the road from Masoyi to Hazyview, which protesters had dug up and littered with stones and burning tyres since Saturday night. Cars had also been damaged.

"Motorists should rather take the Kiepersol Road to Hazyview," Hlathi advised.

Those travelling to the Kruger National Park should take the Kruger Park Road in Hazyview.

  • Johan - 2012-02-14 12:52

    And they keep on voting for the goverment that gives them nothing in return!

      proafrikaans - 2012-02-14 13:08

      Vir my en jou beteken ons stemreg dat ons vir diegene stem wat die beste na ons belange sal omsien. Vir die ANC-stemvee beteken dit skynbaar heeltemal iets anders. Hy stem nie vir die ANC omdat hy dink die ANC is bekwaam of eerlik nie (selfs nie eens die domste ANC-kieser dink steeds so nie), maar eerder omdat hy die ANC sien vir wat dit is: 'n Reuse misdaadfamilie, wat slegs bestaan om die land te plunder. Daardie stemvee wat sy kruisie trek vir die ANC, wil self op die soustrein klim eendag en meemaak aan die plundery. Dis die Afrikamanier.

  • paul.coetzee1 - 2012-02-14 12:59

    It is the norm in South Africa. Go and vote for the comrades on Wednesday then on Friday go and burn and loot because you are not happy with the comrades you voted for. Eish!

  • Kgolane - 2012-02-14 12:59

    @Johan You right ANC does nothing for the people...although on the positive side, atleast this government allows protesters to strike without shooting them in the back while we run away.

      Facts - 2012-02-14 13:16

      @Kgolane There are a few reasons why they don't get shot in the back anymore. It is the police running away from "them" nowadays because there is no law and order in this country anymore. O yes and this wonderful government does a hell of a lot to stop all the murders and rapes in this country. Rather stay away from this forum because you are making a fool of yourself.

      Victoria - 2012-02-14 13:19

      Wow tad harsh don't you think...

      Keelvol - 2012-02-14 13:23

      yes, they are too cowardly to do that, so they rat their own out and sell them for some pap an runners.

  • dlawre30 - 2012-02-14 13:06

    And all of this costs us tax payers hard cash.

  • Lynn - 2012-02-14 13:07

    I understand people having the right to protest. What I cannot understand is the destruction. Why must they destroy roads and shops to make a point. Make them repair the damage and fix the road that they dug up. As they say idle hands are the devils tools. Manual labour should be the fine.

  • vdwjasper - 2012-02-14 13:10

    Ahhh - we're such a cultured nation.

      Anthony - 2012-02-14 14:14

      yes zuma must be a proud man!!!!...

  • Martin - 2012-02-14 13:20

    Get them to do service delivery at the same time if they are extra.

  • Matthew - 2012-02-14 13:25

    They're not protesters.they're Vandals.simple as that burning tyres,throwing stones/rocks,digging up the road,braking into shops on the side and stealing. The word "protesting" is used a lot. But to me,this is just "criminal" behaviour...its sad and pathetic,as is our government. You're so upset with the lack of service's an idea...stop voting the same people that promised you all these things,into power...light bulb moment right?

  • Shirley - 2012-02-14 13:26

    This is just an excuse for mob violence and looting! Arrest them and let them clean up the township and damage with a bucket and broom. Government needs to put a stop to this mob mentallity and reimburse shop owners!

  • Keelvol - 2012-02-14 13:29

    Funny how the foreigners make more of a contribution to this economy by trading than the local troop.

      Shirley - 2012-02-14 13:41

      Gerhard: you hit the nail on the head!

      Anthony - 2012-02-14 14:15

      all they do is throw bones

  • Herman - 2012-02-14 13:30

    I once led a peacefull march to Moretele local government early last year. We are still awaiting response that was promised within seven days. Unfortunately without causing a serious scene they dont respond. This is a proven fact.

  • DuToitCoetzee - 2012-02-14 13:37

    These people have the right to protest, but they do not have the right to damage property and stealing from others. Damaging roads, looting eg. is barbaric. There is no way of justifying such behavior. Finish and klaar!

  • Senzo Mathebula - 2012-02-14 13:54

    Ppl are gatvol, i was born in this village. i use to push a wheelbarrow for kilometers searching for water to this day they still dont have running water. i even thou I dont promote lawlessness I understand their frustrations

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-02-14 14:03

      I believe they will be gatvol, but they must start using that important right that the fight for. Making a cross. Breaking down existing structures eg. is not the answer. The people must realized that that cross, that they fight for, does not belongs to the unified medium they used to fight under, but to themselves.

      betsy.compaan - 2012-02-14 14:16

      I agree with you. Every person has a breaking point eventually. Personally I would like to see these "politicians" held accountable by the communities that voted them in. Humans need water for survival, it's a basic need. This community needs to find out which fat cat is responsible for denying them their basic human rights and he should be whipped by that community. It's time for the politicians in charge to SERVE their communities not kill them slowly. 18 years is more than enough time for running water.

      Shirley - 2012-02-14 14:50

      Vote for a party that will fill its promises not fill its pockets!!!!!

  • - 2012-02-14 13:55

    With all the violence being used, all that is happening here is the tourists are seeing the reports and cancelling their holidays to the area. This hurts the tourism industry in the area which in turn is forced to cut back on employment, which hurts the very people that are protesting. But ANC, don't worry, as my staff say, we are too scared to vote for any other party, so you do not have to provide services in the area, you will still win the elections. The violence you now see is the same violence that you teach at election time. The theft and general crime, some xenophobic, is killing an area forgotten by the Mbombella municipality. We pay rates and attract more tourists to the low veld than the rest of the municipal area. There is not a fire engine within 45km of Hazyview, no ambulance service near and a pitiful excuse for a police force. You trap on our roads then leave them full of potholes. I do not agree with violence and mayhem but I do see that there is a valid reason for dissatisfaction here. Mbombela, ANC come and see what is happening here, that is if your blue light cars can negotiate the roads. I know because I live here.

      tom.vorster - 2012-02-14 14:53

      Clive the blue lights are only there to push the protetariat off the roads during some hurried dash to a Party party or to muscle your way to the front of the Drive Thru at KFC (as I witnessed first hand in Hazyview), its not meant for important things like getting to public meetings where the irate masses may spoil your fancy outfit from Nevilles with rotten eggs

  • tom.vorster - 2012-02-14 14:15

    I know many people who live in this area and understand their frustation. They see the blue light convoys speeding through, they hear about the mayor heading off to Disney World or Gabon to gather information or garner support for some or other hairbrained scheme, yet the people they voted for dont give a t@ss about them. Its all fantastic at election time, the graders come out to fix the roads and the water miraculously appears out of the taps, but once that porcine elected official's name is published as the successful city councillor all he or she is concerned about is how much money he can make out of the system for his/her own pocket - the need or concerns of the voters disappears as soon as this first "tender" or "contract" is in the bag.

  • Nlgga - 2012-02-14 14:22

    I know my Black Pepus are suffering and I hate that...I would like to give them "Dissatisfaction 101",start with a simple example.. If your Girlfriend is not treating you right.. You leave them and find a better one... so If you been Voting ANC and you are not satisfied same logic applies...Vote something else, duuh!!! That is just pure common sense...

  • braamc - 2012-02-14 18:01

    Get what you voted for

  • Desmond - 2012-02-15 06:42


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