Govt building in Limpopo set alight

2013-10-15 18:03

Johannesburg - Residents of Malamulele in Limpopo burnt down a government building and shops during a violent demarcation protest on Tuesday, the provincial police said.

"Almost 20 000 residents went on a rampage after a meeting to demand their own municipality was not acceded to by the demarcation board this morning," said Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.

"The residents ran amok, looting shops. The Malamulele crossing complex, and the home affairs office, and shops at the Mala plaza were burnt down."

Stones and burning tyres were used to block roads. Forty people were arrested for public violence. They were expected to appear in the Malamulele Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

Limpopo provincial commissioner Lieutenant General Fannie Masemola warned residents not to take the law into their own hands.

"When community members have complaints, they must not resort to any violent means and destroying of property. We will not hesitate to take action to bring the perpetrators to book," he said.

  • Xovizwe Ndebele - 2013-10-15 18:10

    shame poor residents of malamulele,,yu destroying buildings for no reasons.dnt vent your anger on buildings..

      JMaree - 2013-10-15 18:15

      Burn the corrupt CancER rather? Phansi CancER Phansi!

      James Mabote - 2013-10-15 18:24

      I suppose if they were from Nkandla, Zuma would be homeless, and they would have looted his tuckshops.

      Alpheus Nethononda - 2013-10-15 20:27

      This is the only way to show ANC Government the Middle finger!!! Watch, worse to come towards elections! Viva EFF!

  • Sooth Sayer - 2013-10-15 18:12

    Ooo ooo aaa aaa ooo ooo aaa

  • Michael Kleber - 2013-10-15 18:12

    People those buildings were built with your money and again it will be your money to rebuild them , think before you burn and destroy

      George Pito - 2013-10-15 18:37

      No Micheal unfortunately most buildings come from long ago. It is our money the few of us that pay tax

  • Emmanuel Thakanyane - 2013-10-15 18:13

    yho, wit EFF this will be normal behaviour

  • Rashida Patel - 2013-10-15 18:13

    Pathetic ! The very same unhappy people will vote and put the same incompetent leaders into power again,in next elections !

      Rob Martin - 2013-10-15 18:17

      You are right.

      Nicky Norman Manganyi - 2013-10-15 20:15

      Now we have a solution EFF is the one.

      Musa Kurhula Baloyi - 2013-10-15 21:03

      Wow you're so smart to predict the future!

  • Christopher Mapitsi WaleKhosi Phago - 2013-10-15 18:15

    ANC is like church of Satan

      Vaughan Lund - 2013-10-15 18:47

      Now it makes sense that "God" appointed JZ.

      PhilMemon - 2013-10-15 18:59

      Ja, neh? It appears we need Jesus to come & save us from the ANC! lololololol!!!

  • Nghamula Mdunwazi - 2013-10-15 18:19

    They were very angry

      Beatrix Rode - 2013-10-15 18:49

      They always are!!

      Musa Kurhula Baloyi - 2013-10-15 21:05

      They still are!

  • Frans Rabalao - 2013-10-15 18:20

    People try n try to talk with government but it fail to give positive respond . People lose their tamper .

      Musa Kurhula Baloyi - 2013-10-15 21:06

      All these people disliking comments in favour of Malamulele are not from Malamulele, so ignored!

  • Letlotlo Sephapo Malope - 2013-10-15 18:21

    It is so heartbreaking to read these types of articles. Our people have gone and set themselves back but it is, unfortunately, the only way this government of ours listens to us

      Juanne-pierre De Abreu - 2013-10-15 18:56

      It's not the only way... Not voting for them is a better way, safer, smarter, cleaner, cheaper and it's really what politics is all about. Burning buildings is terrorism not politics.

      Musa Kurhula Baloyi - 2013-10-15 21:08

      In the meantime we use coercion.

  • WE Werner - 2013-10-15 18:21

    Spot the difference between Malamulele and Midvaal.

      Migingiriko Douglas Chauke - 2013-10-16 00:51

      Give it time,wounds in the midvaal municipality have not festered yet. Tempers will rise and people will vent their frustrations the only way they know how,violence mshana

  • konfab - 2013-10-15 18:24

    Remember everyone, if there is an opportunity to pillage and loot someone else's property, you must take it. Also you should vote for the same people who caused the problem so you can loot and pillage again.

      Musa Kurhula Baloyi - 2013-10-15 21:09

      What a total misunderstanding of the issue at hand!

  • Maberry Maluk'z Vongz - 2013-10-15 18:27

    ANC must kiss votes from malamulele township and 107villages under malamulele GOODbye. Seriously they are undermining malamulele in all COST. We qualify to have our own municipality. Then why deny us that opportunity?

  • thandekile.mava - 2013-10-15 18:36

    #brought to u by ANC.

  • Phumlani Lolly Veliti - 2013-10-15 18:40

    What a loss

  • Themba Wa Ka Mfundzi - 2013-10-15 18:43

    Aluta continua until we get what we want by voice of samora mashele

      Musa Kurhula Baloyi - 2013-10-15 21:14

      Lol. Jamba. Machel and Mashele are the same thing! Hahahahahah...harde my bra, you tried to be smart and it backfired!

      Musa Kurhula Baloyi - 2013-10-15 21:15

      Before you make more of a fool of yourself, the other spelling is MAXELE. Now shoosh!

  • mica.gogome - 2013-10-15 18:44

    Criminal act

  • William Mohlolo - 2013-10-15 18:45

    ANC is run by stubborn, ignorant, arrogant, selfish and dictators people. They deliver nothing to the people all they do is to force people into what they think is right. Why can't they listen to the people? Next stop to be burned is E-toll. Really this party is turning into RUBBISH!!!

      Vaughan Lund - 2013-10-15 18:48

      "turning into rubbish". 4 years with JZ, its far past that point.

      Clement Mokone - 2013-10-15 18:58

      Well said! I wish they sang anti zuma songs!! The government is stubborn and disgusting. Why the police can't arrest zuma who is a huge suspect. Its rubbish.

      Prakash Singh - 2013-10-15 19:33

      I hope your people do not vote for the corrupt ANC.

  • Lufuno Evans Mudau - 2013-10-15 18:48

    What happen in Malamulele was too bad. Community damage their property at the end they will complain not having shopping complex and government structures. I think there is lack of knowledge before participating on the damage. Another thing government must hire more inspectors in each and every municipalities to check and reports all the problems and report them to the provincial government.

      Thomas Xigavadani Mtenda - 2013-10-15 19:44

      The very government does not care about the people of Malamulele. You are lucky be on the sidelines, put yourself in the shoes of the people of Malamulele.

  • HASANIMA - 2013-10-15 18:56

    they ran amok

  • Zukisa Msudukwa - 2013-10-15 19:00

    whats the matter with you, Give people what they want! its easy like ABC..... Anc my foot.

  • John Lubisi John - 2013-10-15 19:01

    proudly limpopian

  • Freedom Mabasa - 2013-10-15 19:02

    In EFF I believe

  • Elsie Palmer - 2013-10-15 19:02

    Why burn down buildings that are needed its a waste of money. They must turn there anger to good use and help build toilets etc... but the goverment must money towards it and help and government should turn the wine cellar into a place where people can study.

  • Charl du Preez - 2013-10-15 19:09

    This would have been a great story if the Gov Officisls were inside the building and it burnt to the ground. No such luck, maybe one day?

  • mica.gogome - 2013-10-15 19:11

    too bed

  • Khazamula Daniel - 2013-10-15 19:12

    ANC is indirectly en secretly promoting a war between Vendas en Shangaans.The two groups are only needed during the times of elections.Im sure thier strategy wil work for 2014 election

  • Pauly Mkansi - 2013-10-15 19:13

    this wouldn't have happened had the ANC listened to the community crises. The struggle will continue untill the prisedent comes down to malamulele, since dermacation board failed us

  • Abdulcarrim Essa - 2013-10-15 19:17

    Thank god I am immigrating to Australia soon.

      Nicky Norman Manganyi - 2013-10-15 19:38

      So what r u waiting for.

      Nthokolose Puleng Marope - 2013-10-15 19:46

      Tsek, tsamaya.

      Kenneth Maimane - 2013-10-15 20:02

      Not dubai?

      Press Nosso - 2013-10-15 20:05

      eish hw mch is th ticket again...pls gv me...

      Abdulcarrim Essa - 2013-10-15 20:39

      @timmy its because I don't have to. Unlike you I went to university and educated myself which makes my skills valuable around the world. What oppurtunity did you create for yourself. Let me guess . You the type with the I deserve without working mentality. Or maybe you don't like the idea that an indian can achieve and you cant

      Kenneth Maimane - 2013-10-15 20:58

      Go and serve your country abdul,we dont need you must be the white widow.

  • Verbotene Liebe - 2013-10-15 19:17

    When are our people going to lean to use the ballot box when protesting, do they know that it is more painful than what they are doing now. ANC will fell the pain, this thing of destroying their own property and burning down building is just cowardness, l wonder how much Black people love and care about South Africa. It is better then to give it back to White People, Because we know they care about this country.

  • Khazamula Daniel - 2013-10-15 19:25

    Everyone else can do better than these bunch of poor leaders who continue to plundge our country into civil war.Im hpy they wont step a foot in Malamulele to lie to us again in 2014

  • Prakash Singh - 2013-10-15 19:26

    Hey people, please go to the union buildings and the residency of the corrupt Zuma

  • Thomas Xigavadani Mtenda - 2013-10-15 19:32

    The government and the Thulamela municipality are responsible for the anger that is flairing at Malamulele. Their frustrations are genuine.

  • James Mahlakoa - 2013-10-15 19:34


  • Ali Motaung - 2013-10-15 19:40

    2 wrongs don't make a right. (1). Destruction of property, arson, inconveniencing other people is wrong. (2). The ANC by not listening to their voters/supporters - that's also wrong, too! To my surprise, in areas like Malamulele that's where the ANC gets about 80 - 90 percent of their votes. If u not happy about the party you voted for - just give another party a chance! To make a X in a ballot box is easier and less energy spent than burning Govt buildings ...

  • Immanuel Willemse - 2013-10-15 19:42

    Tired of dis zuma, go away!!!

  • Daniel Watson - 2013-10-15 19:50

    Govt neva listens to the people....only time they do is wen they need votes or wen stuff is burning.....this is how it works in Africa just ask Khofi Anan

  • Sithole N Nicky - 2013-10-15 19:53

    hi lava mati hande kaswona mita rhurha

  • Jan Godidi - 2013-10-15 19:57

    The main reason people r demotrating is corruption and nepotism that is going on at vembe destrict. We r not tribalist but not fools either.

  • Sheunopa Zhou - 2013-10-15 20:04

    Its a sign of being stupidity.

      Gezani Masingita Kenias Mchaviseki - 2013-10-15 21:43

      mr Zhou dont call people who r frustrated stupid

  • Toti Langa - 2013-10-15 20:10

    well at least tax payers will pay for the renovation of that building,government will never loose.

  • Ntsako Khosa - 2013-10-15 20:12

    Khathu - u sound really stupid to make such a comment in the view of masses.

      Khathu Murovhi - 2013-10-15 20:36

      ntsako were should i make this comment?

      Tshikani Kwakwas Shilatani - 2013-10-16 07:29

      These are daily norms in SA that if u need to be heard by government,you have to toyitoyi(legs up) so sometimes government must listen very attentively when the members of the public voice their opinions

  • Ken Magoveni - 2013-10-15 20:13

    "If the ANC does to u what the apartheid government did to u, then u must do to the ANC what u did to the apartheid government". This quote should help us resolve our countless problems from the current gov.

  • Matimba Nukeri - 2013-10-15 20:16

    Our Government doesn't care about the residents of malamulele, what they care now is to make metropolitan municipality in midvaal to the people that don't want it.

      Ntshavheni Nethanani - 2013-10-15 20:41

      fellow citizens, let us not be provoked by those without knowledge, it must be understood that the committee responsible for leading the communities demanding the municipality never direceted the criminals to burning government buidings and businesses. they too condems these barbaric behavior of few criminals. in fact we all agree criminala should not leave amongst a society unless rehabilitated and reintergrated.

  • Ken Magoveni - 2013-10-15 20:48

    Khatu - little knowledge is more dangerous than no knowledge at all. I can only blame yo primary education teachers.

      Khathu Murovhi - 2013-10-15 20:55

      then enlight me. . . .

  • Ntsako Rachel Ventere - 2013-10-15 20:53

    I don't know what is wrong with our government. Instead of resolving problems before things have damaged. They wait for things to damage first so that the can fix. Now Malamulele township had been patient for the government for 13years demanding municipality instead of handing over municipality. One person from dermacation board is saying no and I don't understand why he say no while the town is qualifying. Now they have burned down everything do to one person who says no with no reason because he does not want Malamulele to have it own municipality. I'm asking myself why he does not want Malamulele to have its own municipality.

  • Sakhiwo - 2013-10-15 20:53


  • Fumani Evans Rivombo - 2013-10-15 22:17

    This is a town I'm proud of, my hometown, fighting for what they want, 2 years ago it was a peaceful request... then they ignored us

  • Ntsako Rachel Ventere - 2013-10-15 22:47

    Why people act like is the first time they had about burning down of buildings at Malamulele township while is not the first by Malamulele town. Sometimes people do this kind of things due to the fact of government provocation. If our government resolve issues as soon as possible such behaviours will not be happening. Due to ignorance and not listening to people crisis such as vandalisation happen. Our government must learn to respond as soon as possible to avoid this kind of damages.

  • Vivian Hawkins - 2013-10-16 07:30

    Sorry the point is lost, every time the hard done by masses don't get their way, they destroy the resources, everything that was put into place by tax payers and businesses to make there lives easier and give them access to education or even more important food for sustainability they have a need to have to burn and Plunder (back 300 years - mentality), they alone are not guilty but the elected powers that allow this form of behavior (no accountability). As no matter where you go the ruling party refuses to be accountable to the people of the land and the people of the land are not accountable for their actions either as they do as they are being taught by number one - anything goes

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