Gauteng cops ready for day 5 of protests

2012-08-03 08:43

Johannesburg - Gauteng police were preparing for a fifth day of service delivery protests in the Zenele informal settlement near Putfontein, in Johannesburg, on Friday.

Constable Oupa Magwaza said the area was quiet by 19:30 but police were monitoring.

He said between 300 and 400 people protested on Thursday over problems related to water, electricity and housing.

Protesters had stoned a police car and six were arrested for malicious damage to property.

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  • Jane - 2012-08-03 08:54

    We are so poor, we have no electricity and water and we live in filthy conditions, but hey but let’s burn some stuff, stone a couple of people, break some stuff down and act uncivilised, because that’s the only way we know. This country’s majority and its government are such an embarrassment.

      sekwati.robinson - 2012-08-03 08:56

      ok Jane

      iceman196 - 2012-08-03 09:04

      and the weekend we will sit in the shebeen ;)

      fakazile.mahlangu - 2012-08-03 09:21

      Jane the minority grew up with the silver spoon in the mouth thanks to the previous regime. Not that I blame that regime but you have to aknowledge why those people are so poor and on top of that they are being failed by the current regime. So you should never generalise and say the majority is an embarassment because you don't hear me complaining about Baas Kombrink who kicked my family out of the farm we lived in for more than 5 decades and threw us on the side of the road. After all that we still do not call the country's minority names.

      sk.vanderafrika - 2012-08-03 09:29

      You mean blacks?

      DamnTheMan - 2012-08-03 09:38

      How else do you propose to get the cANCer government to listen ? ANC came into power as a terrorist group , so the only way to get their attention is by causing terror that distracts them from stealing tax payers money. We need a TAX union so we can stand in solidarity with the impoverished and neglected. The only way forward is together. Damn the man ,save the rainbow nation.

      tricia.sutherland1 - 2012-08-03 10:10

      @fakazile - for the 46 yrs i;ve been alive there have always been plenty of poor white people not born with a silver spoon in their mouths and thro' the 60s and 70s orphanages filled with white kids - the difference is like them, like me - we have not had a bunch of kids we can't afford to feed or school and some of those poor white kids have had to leave school to work 2 or 3 jobs to survive. and for the white people born with a silver spoon in their mouths - they have had to work hard to keep what they've got and are probably the ones who voted the same as the majority and the one's who send financial aid to the poor communities knowing that the present government don't do enough. there is no excuse for burning schools or throwing stones at police.

      sandile.j.tshabalala - 2012-08-03 11:11

      Yes. Janes who live in glass houses behind high walls and pass all kinds of judgments are an embarrassment to this nation. I agree!

  • bob.small.7547 - 2012-08-03 08:58

    Beats me how an informal settlement can lay claim to basic services? How do you electrify an informal settlement that pops up out of nowhere or provide water and other basic needs that were not pre planned for? This all takes long term planning for these services prior to establishing the area! Then they go and protest, mostly violently! So if I go and put up a shack or two at the side of the road, then I can stone cars coming past because I don’t have basic services?? I n c r e d u l o u s…!

      DamnTheMan - 2012-08-03 09:39

      Because that's what they where promised by the cANCer government ! Simple...

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-08-03 09:02

    Oo no no! Always services delivery protests detonate this bomb called XENOPHIBIA,So foreigners at Zanele, WATCH OUT!

  • colin.dovey - 2012-08-03 09:10

    ONE day....ALL the Service Delivery protests will combine on ONE DAY....across South a MASSIVE uprising....and THEN, only then, will the current regime WAKE UP?

  • maokeng.mankge - 2012-08-03 09:13

    M gonna get married again dis year,buy myself a private jet of 2.6billion dnt hv 2 tym 2 build RDPs..said Jacob Spear Mshini Zuma..

      DamnTheMan - 2012-08-03 09:49

      Don't forget to ignore the 5 billion rand stolen from the tax payers so my comrades can drink johnny blue. The tax payers can just pay more! JZ

  • peter.j.cock - 2012-08-03 09:45

    Here is an idea Pull out all the cops / journalists out from that area and let those people carry on with their protests by themselves. Pay no attention to them at all Ignore them And when they have finished destroying every thing in sight send in the bull dozers to level the mess and convert it into a park.

  • mantothieve.missingman - 2012-08-03 09:47

    I dont understand why these people are so unhappy realy ?

  • ndou.miranda - 2012-08-03 09:50

    Can we really blame them, I mean our own “government” Union cosatu does the same thing, they vandalize the town, and innocent people and nothing has been said or done about it for years. So jabulani who stays in Zola and other residence they have been given assurance from Cosatu and other unions that in order for your voice to be heard you must destroy a complex or burn someone. All Unions must come up with a better way of dealing with matters, and let us educate each other about them.

  • Desmond Michaels - 2012-08-03 09:54

    that's the only way this circus party called cANCer would listen,i'm irritated by this!

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-08-03 09:55

    I fail to understand why these protesters don't use there skills to get real jobs. 1-tire burner = specialist arson investigator...2- barracade builder = structural ingineer...3- stone thrower = pro cricket player. Damb these guys are professional protestors. Why are they so angry??????

      mantothieve.missingman - 2012-08-03 10:06

      Angry Birds SA version ?

      ndou.miranda - 2012-08-03 11:13

      Jay, that's funny kwaaa, but true

      manningi1 - 2012-08-03 15:07

      They're not angry, just having fun. As was said, it's a sport.

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