Guards used excessive force: Greenpeace

2012-05-29 12:29

Johannesburg - Greenpeace activists protesting against discussions on nuclear energy said Industrial Development Corporation guards pulled them inside the premises and claimed they were trespassing.

The five activists were "roughed up" at the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) office in Sandton, Johannesburg, on Tuesday, Greenpeace Africa spokesperson Ferrial Adam said.

She said the protesters had chained themselves to the gates of the IDC when about a dozen private security guards started to "intimidate" them.

"They used their batons to break the chain and started pushing us around. Then they pulled us inside [the premises] and claimed we were trespassing," Adams said.

Greenpeace reported the matter to police, as they believed the guards used "excessive force".

The environmental group staged the protest in an attempt to halt talks aimed at expanding nuclear energy on the continent, Adam said in a statement.

"Five Greenpeace activists have been roughed up outside the Industrial Development Corporation building in Sandton... following their action this morning where they demanded a halt to discussions aimed at expanding nuclear not only in South Africa, but also the rest of the African continent."

Energy Minister Dipuo Peters opened the conference, which was organised by Omega Investment Research, a Cape Town-based international advisory firm.

Police could not immediately confirm the incident.

  • Loo - 2012-05-29 12:32

    ANOTHER HEAD-BUTT ??? lol .. ai ,only in Africa will this make the news

  • Stefan - 2012-05-29 12:48

    That's the way to deal with dumb treehuggers wasting people's time.

      Rob - 2012-05-29 13:07

      Agreed. Fugg off greenpeace, they should have beaten the cr@p out of them.

      Eric - 2012-05-29 17:15


  • michael.a.devilliers - 2012-05-29 13:03

    ...used excessive force. Reading between the lines that seems to admit some wrongdoing. When Greenpeace comes up with VIABLE alternative nuclear, coal and natural gas WILL be used.

  • valkyriaza - 2012-05-29 13:03

    Greenpeace doesn't quite understand the benefit of nuclear energy and the fact that the safety precautions must be safely adhered to.

      Harry - 2012-05-29 13:48

      Greenpeace do understand benefits of nuclear, but they also understand something about certain useless individuals that control the quality and safety related issues in SA. Personally I would rather protest against corruption, municipal services, unacceptable crime rates, but maybe they live within 20km from a nuclear reactor that may cough a silly cloud of radioactive dust into the air?

      Tommy - 2012-05-29 14:45

      Maybe you should understand that nuclear in SA is controlled and regulated by the NNR, not Government officials.

  • lynne.glover.9 - 2012-05-29 13:24

    Oh I see. So... its okay for other people in our country to demonstrate on whatever they feel like AND destroy property and cause a huge nonsense wherever they are demonstrating and cry foul when they are disciplined, buts its NOT okay for peaceful people who believe in a cause to demonstrate peacefully. Instead they are labelled treehuggers and hippies. Mmmm... no wonder our country is in such a mess!

      sean.murphy.165 - 2012-05-29 15:13

      Greenpeace demo's are nothing more than terrorists. They chained themselves to the gate and were probably hindering lawfull access. that is illegal and they should be arrested. Their cause is also false.

  • Tommy - 2012-05-29 13:28

    Cool, also, is it stereotyping if I think about useless dreadlock hippies when I see the word Greenpeace. Well, if so, then I give this much

  • sean.murphy.165 - 2012-05-29 15:11

    They should electrify the gate. But only turn it on after the greenpeace terrorists have chained themselves to it. I would even pay to watch. LOL.

      Barker - 2012-05-29 15:51

      We don't want it to kill. Just to make them dance like puppets on a string.

      Patsy - 2012-05-29 21:25

      Sean.murphy.165. Charming comment, but what else can one expect from an ignoramus? Have you forgotten March 11th, 2011 and what happened in Japan? Even one of the most technologically advanced nations in the world could not control the result of a tsunami on their nuclear reactors, never mind the people who died. Have you ever wondered about Koeberg and the fact that it is built very near a fault in the earth's crust??? It is called the Milnerton fault line and runs down, alongside and through, the west coast of South Africa. For heavens sake people like Greenpeace don't protest for fun, they have studied the results of humanity's stupidity. Wind power would be cheaper to produce, create more jobs and be a lot safer. Think about it...

  • Patsy - 2012-05-29 15:48

    Have these physical people never heard of PEACEFUL negotiation? Must everthing always land up in violence and destruction? I hope those security guards are made to pick up every single bit of the mess they caused

  • Robin - 2012-05-29 15:49

    Good for the guards - give them a medal .... Oh! And a 'Bells'! It's about time these dumbarse treehuggers did something positive with their resources and energy.

  • Lauden Kirk - 2012-05-30 08:10

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