Foreign shops looted in Heidelberg

2012-03-19 22:14

Johannesburg - Disgruntled residents in the informal settlement of Ratanda near Heidelberg looted shops belonging to foreigners during a protest on Monday, Vaal police said.

Police had managed to contain the situation, said Constable Ntshidiseng Phakoe.

"The situation is calm now, although there are some people who still regroup. Police will monitor the situation through the night," said Phakoe.

Earlier, two houses belonging to ward councillors and a municipality office were torched when residents went on the rampage at 07:00, over a lack of service delivery.

Water cannons were used by police to disperse crowds.

The arrested would appear in the Heidelberg Magistrate's Court on Tuesday, on charges of public violence.

  • Yar - 2012-03-19 22:31

    Why do people who don't pay for services and who steal their electricity have to protest? Why do their "peaceful" protests always turn into destructive riots and end with looting. Down with rubber bullets, bring back the real thing!!!

      Jimmy - 2012-03-19 22:32

      no pay, no say.

      Sean - 2012-03-20 01:39

      eish , my spelling is shocking ``sty`` , SORRY ! Stay/last !

      Simnikiwe - 2012-03-20 06:18

      You people don't understand, these people are protesting because they are living in poverty. What would you do if you were in their shoes, with no job, no education, just government grants.

      Helmut - 2012-03-20 06:47

      They expect the services, but do not want to pay for them! They want houses for free,then sell them and are first in line to protest because of lack of service delivery!

      Yar - 2012-03-20 07:11

      @Simnikidiot You don't understand the rule of law. These people don't DESERVE anything if they cannot behave in a civilised manner.

      beverley.rhateganjupp - 2012-03-20 07:14

      @Simnikiwe Stop and think for a moment. After you have blamed everyone else, ask yourself the question: Why do they not have an education or jobs? Perhaps it's because they get government grants ...

      Mike - 2012-03-20 07:16

      @simnikiwe - first stop breeding like rabbits - people know there is no money around. how can they just continue to breed. Maybe then they can start to survive, but no they are wanting the social grants for having kids. Well breed like rabbits and suffer

      Simnikiwe - 2012-03-20 07:19

      Yar, how can you behave in a "civilised manner" on an empty stomach and all you can think about is where your next meal will come from. Shops were looted because people are starving. If these peeps were not living in poverty none of this would have happened...

      Simnikiwe - 2012-03-20 07:26

      Beverly, good point. The reason why most young peeps are not educated is because of peer pressure and other socio economic pressures. In townships, some people perceive crime as a way of breaking free from poverty, they have no one to guide them, lead and motivate into doing good deeds. They then drop out to engage in criminal activities. Some of these people can't afford to pay school fees, they then drop out.

      Schmee - 2012-03-20 08:14

      It's an interesting psychological phenomenon - the more you loot and pillage - the more you draw attention. Unfortunately the SA government then falls for it because somehow we have this thing about blaming everyone in authority for the bad behaviour of their children, staff or citizens. Time we start blaming bad behaviour on the perpetrators.

      Sean - 2012-03-20 08:27

      @Simnikiwe - MAKE LESS BABIES !!!!!!!!!!!

  • Piet - 2012-03-19 22:40

    Because that is the nature of people who are 1000 years behind in the evolutionary race.

      Yar - 2012-03-19 22:49

      1000 - you are optimistic in the extreme.

      Piet - 2012-03-19 23:22

      Missed a zero....

  • Alistair - 2012-03-19 22:59

    As you sow, so shall ye reap - the ANC wanted to make this country "ungovernable" in the 80's - now you shall have an ungovernable country.

  • gbbfg - 2012-03-19 23:00

    More destruction. More neanderthals.

  • Eric Schollar - 2012-03-20 03:02

    So what does looting and thieving have to do with so-called \service delivery protest\?

      Dennis - 2012-03-20 04:24

      Like I said Eric, "How they protest is unacceptable for sure". Don't really know how else to say it so you understand!!!! Think you are missing my point.

  • Kevin - 2012-03-20 06:17

    Shoot the protesters. This is a language that is universally understood.

      Simnikiwe - 2012-03-20 06:22

      How about helping the protesters?...How about making them see that the ANC is sh*t!?...How about joining hands with them to overthrow the current regime?...

      Smell - 2012-03-21 04:03

      Simnikiwe, nice to see your constructive comment.

  • Hugo - 2012-03-20 07:31

    @Simnikiwe Why when people protest they burn building that are going to cost the government money and not help imrpove the money supply to help correct what they are protesting for. As a foriegner from another 3rd world I dont get It.

      Simnikiwe - 2012-03-20 07:34

      Hugo, I don't get it either. My conclusion is that they want to show the government they are pissed, fed up and their demands must be taken seriously.

  • Hugo - 2012-03-20 07:50

    @Simnikiwe I understand the anger but it seems this method is over used and they could do better by confronting the people in charge, in massses, in front of there work or even protesting outside there offices and houses on the public street I am saying in a non violent way or else many people will be hurt as i have seen in my country.

      msekhoto1 - 2012-03-20 09:04

      First of all when such things happens the community starts by addressing their issues to the local government, and nothing happens then try to invite top government officials nothing happens, after several attempts they then decide to act the only way that grabs the governments attention, in no time one official will be available.

  • Nkosinathi - 2012-03-20 08:30

    I believe the kasi or informal settlement is established well before the foreign shop owners move in. My question is why do the unemployed locals not establish the shops/ spazas to serve their community? Why attack the guy who took some initiative while you were sitting in the sun scratching your balls all day long? I recently visited Soweto for some family thingy, I got there at about 10am and there was a Pakistani/ Somali(looked like one anyway) in his shop, working. I left soon after, however when I came back, the same guy was still on his feet working after 10pm. When I left the shop was still open. Thats hard work! You don't need a degree to sell cigarettes and bread ekasi, just hard work. The only SAcan run shop which opens for as long is an illegal shebeen. Laziness is holding SAcans down!

      msekhoto1 - 2012-03-20 09:34

      I am a resident of Ratanda Heidelberg, and I just want to say that I am disappointed @ the police, the protestors had divided them selves into groups, and one group that was blocking the road from the town to township had protestors less in number than the police vehicles in front of them, but they could not control the situation and we could not pass, they were actually standing 400m away, and told us to pass @ our own risk

      Joseph - 2012-03-20 17:15

      Yes indeed Nkosinathi, this is all hunger strike not service delivery. this is all hatred and xenophobic. Laziness will take us no where otherwise it will just cost us more trouble.

      Prescilla - 2012-04-02 07:47

      Guys iam not supporting the burning of foreigner shops,that is crime,I want to tell u that before this people come there were many shops here of the residence,as our government said we must not wait for him to bring grant for us we must do small busnisses.but today all that shops are gone WHy because of the foreigners shops prices are always low they don't care about theirs profit they make because their businesses are not registered,they don't have to pay vat,they don't have accounts to pay.Ok we leave them to have shops,those people have big and successful shop,My Question to u is WHAT IS THEIR BENEFIT?DO THEY CREATE JOB OPPORTUNITY?NO they hire other foreigners.In one shop they are 4-5 few have permit.

  • reza.daniels1 - 2012-03-20 09:24

    So why do protests always end in looting the shops of foreigners, the very people who enable you to buy what you need without needing transport? I can only come to the conclusion that it is pure hate filled racism.

      Joseph - 2012-03-20 17:21

      Reza, it's very unfortunate coz we will have to walk from Blackwood to Big street "Yizo Yizo"to buy just R5 airtime. How can can they set fire to Dungbeetle and Alert Express Containers in Ext. 23? These people brought business to us in the location but what do we do in return? This is being uncivilised. How will the plea of service delivery be heard?

  • Mohsin - 2012-03-20 12:26


  • comurray - 2012-07-25 09:42

    All these persons protesting to government for non-delivery of basics, yet come the next election they go straight out and vote for the same non-delivering government. The biggest problem here is the fact that the ANC has brain washed them into thinking that the electorate know exactly by name who votes for which political party and will kill the entire family for voting for the opposition.

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