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Gunman fired shot at Nkandla protest

2012-11-05 08:42

Durban - Police arrested a man on Sunday who fired a shot into the air while demonstrating against the DA presence at Nkandla.

The man, who apparently had two firearms, would face a charge of firing a weapon at a public gathering, reported Eyewitness News.

DA leader Helen Zille and her entourage were escorted out of the area by police who were worried about a group of ANC members who had also gathered to meet the DA group.

Police tried to keep supporters of the two parties separate and feared a clash.

As soon as officers and marshals heard the gunshot, they saw the man running in the crowd with the rifle and removed him straight away.

Comments
  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-11-05 08:45

    Its the ANC way. No surprises there, if in doubt resort to violence.

      Jason - 2012-11-05 09:02

      The problem is the DA had a right to be there. The ANC members were gathering illegally and should have been removed or arrested. Why did the police not do their job???

      werner.nel.984786 - 2012-11-05 09:14

      Where do you think these protesters came from? Just like Juju, Zuma also uses "rent-a-crowd" but unlike Juju, Zuma is a sly dog. You will never trace the payment paper trail made to the taxi owners or the bus company back to Zuma. Zuma always uses other people to do his dirty work. In just the same way as the upgrade to his house, he didn't ask for the money him self he got department of public works to ask for it. No doubt the public works guy is getting a big fat tender for his trouble....

      art5SA - 2012-11-05 09:17

      SO MUCH FOR DEMOCRACY!!!!! "If we don't get it OUR WAY...then we will SHOOT YOU"!!! Wonderful country South Africa has become..... not a SLIGHT IDEA what democracy is.....

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-11-05 09:23

      I would really like to see how this all ends in the end.A political figure like Helen Zille exercising her constitutional right as a South African and a human being & a President that's pulling out all stops so others cannot see for themselves how tax payers money is being spent. And then of course amongst all this shots are being fired too.

      Shaun - 2012-11-05 10:02

      look at all these people commenting that next time zille must get hurt.they are backed in a corner and like a dog they getting scared and aggresive.the DA are coming for you,awe viva viva,you better watch out cause zille is more powerful than the thokoloshi.

      LutherKingsley - 2012-11-05 10:30

      The DA would have been massacred by these savages, thank you SAPS.

      Montagnes.Bleues - 2012-11-05 12:11

      Are the KZN police now terrorists supporting criminals in the tribal South African dictatorship?

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-11-05 12:16

      Yes, same old same old. The ANC and their criminal supporters.

      junebugg.kinte - 2012-11-05 12:56

      I have never liked the Madam, but chances are I am voting for her next elections..call me brainwashed all you want but she is working for the citizens while Zuma is working for himself and family

  • shawn.swiegers - 2012-11-05 08:54

    And the ANC keeps on spewing words on how democratic they are, but deny a democratic demostration by an political party with whom they disagree. The ANC might be democratically elected but they rule like a dictatorship!

      asdhasgd - 2012-11-05 09:33

      Bro its not a democracy but a HYPOCRACY. One party forever. Whats the point of voting if you have no say, if you say then its a dictatorship and thats what the majority dont seem to understand.

      SharonE - 2012-11-05 09:48

      The rule of democracy is only applied by the ANC when it is in their favour. Same goes for the justice system...

      TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-11-05 09:52

      SPOT ON BROTHER.

  • sanchez.sancho.7 - 2012-11-05 08:54

    bunch of hooligans

  • rheinhard.silima - 2012-11-05 09:05

    whtz wrong south africa,ist a sighn of ending world?guys guys guys,God is angry i thnk

      art5SA - 2012-11-05 09:18

      If you don't blame APARTHEID... you blame God? CLASSIC!

      asdhasgd - 2012-11-05 09:33

      No just the people of south africa are fed up and angry with the current government you idiot.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-11-05 09:49

      Yup God is angry, Jesus is coming!! The end of the ANC is nigh!! As JZ predicted!

      marc.potgieter2 - 2012-11-05 10:14

      Rheinhard... C'mon, stop showing your lack of breeding and education and speak english and spell correctly!

  • neville.watson.94 - 2012-11-05 09:15

    What is new still in the bush

      luke.dekoker - 2012-11-05 10:12

      Nothing they distoyed the bush and all moved to the cities and towns

  • renard.souza - 2012-11-05 09:15

    The ANC is a bunch of thugs, their supporters and leaders are Neanderthals and deserve to be relegated back the Stone Age where they belong

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-11-05 09:16

    Well if the actions of the ANC at Nkandla is what democracy is about then maybe we should go back and review our constitution. I believe it allows for freedom of movement to all citizens and in this case a public road albeit built under strange circumstances. Where were the big mouthed ANC politicians who constantly shout out about our brave new democracy?

  • osmaseko - 2012-11-05 09:18

    Zulu's love violence..it must have been an IFP member lol

  • karlu.unos - 2012-11-05 09:23

    You such a coward, are really freaked by madam godzille....

  • vernon.meakin - 2012-11-05 09:23

    If we are paying for it ,we can go and see it any time we want,

  • asdhasgd - 2012-11-05 09:28

    Slap on the wrist. Given a medal and keys to the city. Let free.

  • hayden.palmer.7 - 2012-11-05 09:33

    In all understanding of government affairs, we as society should be part of decision making in it. 13.7 million people in south Africa, according to IOL business report, are registered tax payers.48,810,427 is an estimated population of SA by July 2012(south african demographics profile). now since just over a quater of our population pays tax, dont you think that we as that 1/4% are entiled to decide where that money is spent and how?

  • handy.andy.3990 - 2012-11-05 09:39

    Why don't they just fly there with a helicopter and take pictures of the place?

      daniel.rossouw1 - 2012-11-05 10:08

      Then they will probably use more tax money to install SAM sites

      luke.dekoker - 2012-11-05 10:15

      That will be called "spying" on zuma & his tribe

  • lian.bredenkamp - 2012-11-05 09:45

    it's amusing how it doesnt say "illegal" firearm/rifle, or at the very least that he was in possession of an "arms cache" since I assume he had more than 1 round in the magazine. also amusing how suddenly reporters didnt slap their typical "assault rifle" sticker on the article. typical biased reporting. PS: no person would fire their LEGALLY licensed baby into the air.

  • KelkuLator - 2012-11-05 09:48

    Apparently a fire had broken out during the protest at Nkandla. The newly built president's library at Nkandla was burnt to the ground. Both books were destroyed in the fire. The president was devistated as he had not yet finished colouring in the second book.

      rouen.heiberg - 2012-11-05 09:56

      Whawhawhahwawhawhawhawhawhwahwahwahwah!!!!!!!!!!!.....hop you don't mind, I'm going to steal your comment.

      daniel.rossouw1 - 2012-11-05 10:05

      Excellent.

  • nathan.buchner - 2012-11-05 09:49

    Lol now he can take a bullet in jail!

  • donald.perumal - 2012-11-05 09:50

    Hi All Violence of any kind cannot be condoned BUT even if the ANC supporters were unruly and aggressive one cannot discount that Zille's move was political hence she received a political answer,albeit an unsavoury one. Zille had no right to inspect Zuma'scompound or the Nkandla development.We have always said that the rural areas have been neglected and when some development takes place ,yes we question it.I am not in a position to say whether monies have been fraudulently directed to this development but I am aware that there are agencies that have the capacity to audit this development. It is clear that those who are advising Zille should be kicked in their balls because they are using them to make decisions.

      manu.dibango.96 - 2012-11-05 13:09

      Well said Donald. I made a similar observation on a related news article and news24 deleted it. Which really tells all one needs to know about the maturity and agenda of this website. There is no way that a person can learn of the extent of corruption just by looking at a road or buildings. This is an unheard of investigative technique. I don't blame the anc for treating this as a political stunt. The fact that many of the readers here don't see this shows their lack of political maturity.

      flysouth - 2012-11-05 14:11

      Zille had every right to inspect the property from any public area - which is what was intended. Whilst my inclination if you stood looking at my house (paid for with No public money!) from the road outside would be to chase you off, I could not, as the law allows you to do just that! I can see that the notions inherent in democracy and freedom are quite lost on you.

      Michael - 2012-11-05 16:55

      I agree that it was a publicity stunt, and one which accomplished most everything which she could have hoped it would. Smart lady.

  • christina.setloboko - 2012-11-05 09:51

    I don't think people understand the word "democracy"

  • Kalari - 2012-11-05 09:51

    Again a fine display of way below average IQ. The anc never fail to surprise when it comes to stupidity. They fell right into the trap of showing their ugly face to the world.

  • Elisha - 2012-11-05 10:02

    I would love to hear what Nelson Mandela thinks of what is happening in this country. I still believe this country has a bright future. It's the younger generation that will bring a real change. The youngsters coming out of school and Varsity these days do not have racism problems. They've grown up watching the cANCer destroy and lie and steal. The change will come and it will be a great country this. I speak life over South Africa. I pray for the leaders of this country.

      luke.dekoker - 2012-11-05 10:23

      He could not care two-hoods, & you are right that our only hope is the youngsters coming out of school and Varsity who do not have racism problems and vote against the anc. We all should pray for the ALTERNATIVE NON-anc leaders of this country.

  • Sedeshan Naidoo - 2012-11-05 10:08

    why must these ANC people turn up every time the DA wants to march? stinks of a dictatorship!

  • peter.ballie.5 - 2012-11-05 10:20

    Helen Zille is not perfect but she is honest, law abiding, accountable, logical, reasonable, intelligent, respectful and all her policies are non racial and for the good of our country. She knows how to govern well and she does. I am proud of her. Imagine being able to say that about our government. We should all support the DA and make it happen.

  • Hezekiel Lefopane - 2012-11-05 10:21

    its high time for DA to focus on implementing that criticising everything that ANC or its leadership does..we know that they opposition party but opposing everything wont help..i personally cant vote for somebody who always buck without action

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-11-05 12:19

      Judging by your comment, I think it's best you just vote ANC.

      steve.gibson.146612 - 2012-11-05 12:32

      I can and will because I want a party to do their job and not just stand and watch whilst the coffers are being looted.

  • marius.vanrooyen.37 - 2012-11-05 10:28

    @ Hezekiel. I presume you are not one of the 7 % tax payers in the country right? If you were, you would have been concerned that this PRIVATE palace could have funded over 150 000 RDP houses for your non tax paying leeches. But seeing as you don't pay... You also don't care..!

  • retlaw.yelmoc - 2012-11-05 10:35

    If you want democracy don't live in Africa! Adapt or die! Ne' Tannie Evita. Skattie bring my n' brannewyn!

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-11-05 10:36

    Violence is that all the majority know, everything erupts into violence. When will they throw off the dark ages and step out into the free world. They are supporting a man that has robbed and spent all their money and only luring them with what is left a promise that extends no better than bread crumbs.

      Watkykj - 2012-11-05 11:58

      The truth hurts Ray.

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-11-05 10:57

    No mention of firearm license....

  • patrick.modise.334 - 2012-11-05 11:48

    Who fired a shot @ Nkandla,ANC member ?i think the law will deal wit em accordingly as an example.

  • sean.sylvester.9 - 2012-11-05 13:27

    So Zuma is wasting our money the tax-payers money on upgrades for his home, well the people that voted for him struggle to survive. Ja ne what a hero of the people

  • sean.sylvester.9 - 2012-11-05 13:27

    So Zuma is wasting our money the tax-payers money on upgrades for his home, well the people that voted for him struggle to survive. Ja ne what a hero of the people

  • hasani.malungana - 2012-11-05 13:40

    Who manufactured these guns?They must take them back because they are getting abused in Africa. Check Marikane, the farms, the list is endless

  • mzondistanley - 2012-11-05 13:42

    To Hellen Zille And DA Party!! Soon you will become irrelavant in Public eyes!! I know People or Political parties in Japan reach the stage of exchanging Blows in parliament, And if that is the politics you want then that amounts to anarchy. Politically its a blow below the belt!! We can now judge that Politics in South Africa is confrontational, emotional and at best Marikana style!! You want to fight as if we are still under Aparthead Political Enviroment!! A neutral Investigational Team can do what Hellen Zille wants to achieve!! You will be Politically and Physically Bruesed!! DA Branch Chair put in a Problem because of Zille's anarchist attitude!! You are a white minority party so expect that Aparthead is Linked with you!! Mandela, Mbeki and Aparthead Presidents Deklerk all have Retirement HOMES!! YOU HATE ZULUS NOT ZUMA as such!!

  • flysouth - 2012-11-05 14:03

    Violence is the only thing such creatures know - and that applies equally to those who today have become accustomed to wearing Armani suits and riding around in big Mercs!

  • flysouth - 2012-11-05 14:08

    Whilst the SAPS did act against this idiot with a gun, the fact remains that generally their action in stopping the Zille party was wrong - they stopped actions which were perfectly legal, whilst failing to stop and illegal and potentially violent gathering of the ANC. We are asked to place our trust in the SAPS - anyone who believes that they are trustworthy in any way has failed to recognise that SAPS has become the private militia of the ANC. The few decent policemen remaining should be ashamed - in fact if they had any honour they would resign and depart such a criminal organisation.

  • bobby.boon.18 - 2012-11-05 17:14

    I would Like DEVOTED ANC COMRADE please explain to me what DEMOCRACY means.. Also what CAPITALISM means. Also why does your PARTY THE AFRICAN NATIONAL COMUNIST (CORRUPTION) Party Have to resort to Violence Have an ILLEGAL PROTEST Memebers where BRANDISHING FIRE ARMS Members where BRANDISHING WEAPONS WHY THE ANC LEADER JACOB ZUMA DID NOT RESPOND TO A REASONABLE REQUEST.. HE COULD HAVE HAD HIS ATTORNEYS DRAFT DOCUMENTS TO STOP ZILLE WHY ZUMA ACTED LIKE A OSTRICH BY STICKING HIS HEAD IN THE SAND... WHY ALL OF YOU ANC MEMEBERS SUPPORT HIM EVEN IF IT IS CLEAR THAT HE IS COMITTING A CRIME AND STEALING R200 000 000 + FROM THE CITZENS and TAX payers of this COUNTRY. HE SHOULD BE ARRESTED AND SENT TO JAIL NOT LEAD A COUNTRY AS A PRESIDENT>>>>>>

  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-11-06 16:07

    Violence is the ONLY way they no to approach any problem!!! I wonder was the gun even licenced - where had it been stolen from??? Add it all to the CRIME!!!

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