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Heavy police presence in Sasolburg

2013-01-23 09:01

Sasolburg - Free State police continued to monitor Zamdela township in Sasolburg on Wednesday morning following the deaths of at least two people in protests.

Colonel Motantsi Makhele said there was a heavy police presence in the area, but that the situation was under control and no violence was reported during the night.

"The only thing that remains is that some streets are still inaccessible," he said.

On Tuesday, a protester was shot dead at the Zamdela police station during a clash with protesters.

Earlier in the day, police said another protester was shot dead by a motorist after a group of protesters tried to block his way.

A Jacaranda radio journalist's car was pelted with stones and a Sapa cameraman was threatened with a knife.

Makhele said he could not confirm a report in The New Age that three people had died. He did not know how many people had been injured.

Residents were protesting against the merger of the Matsimaholo municipality in Sasolburg with the Ngwathe municipality near Parys.

Co-operative Governance and Public Affairs Minister Richard Baloyi announced on Tuesday that the merger would no longer go ahead.

More than 200 people have been arrested for public violence during the protests, which started on Sunday.

 

Comments
  • julius.hond - 2013-01-23 09:06

    give it time...

      kalabafazi - 2013-01-23 09:26

      Most of our police men and women are heavy.

      thutothegreat - 2013-01-23 10:20

      I hope this gets resolved with no bloodshed, everyone is screaming "kill kill kill", they want the police to kill these people. These people are fighting against government decisions they dont want, they have gone overboard but that does not mean they deserve to die. Someone needs to listen to them, afterall the government is working for them. Go ahead dislike this comment if you think they deserve to die..

      george.pistorius - 2013-01-23 11:12

      So stealing and rioting,looting buildings is just fine nothing wrong with that??? wait for your turn I say kill the b@sterds!!

  • vierkleur.transvaal - 2013-01-23 09:13

    Starts to look like SA in the 80s. The little monster is grown up.

      kalabafazi - 2013-01-23 09:39

      What is really dangerous about this monster is that the government has now given in to the protesters demands. So the message to the people in SA from the anc is if you want change or you don't like something, go forth and destroy, steal, kill and throw stones. It won't be long before things have spiralled totally out of control.

  • leeyakath.abbubaker - 2013-01-23 09:13

    ja nice! protest protest protest then come election time they all flock to the local stadium for nik naks and a coke to sing struggle songs...

      Concerned86 - 2013-01-23 10:28

      Hahaha you made my day...dont forget the t-shirt!

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-01-23 11:31

      Serame.medupe. You sell yourself cheap. Nik naks, coke and a t-shirt is all you want for being loyal to a party who use you because of your colour and nothing else. You know nothing and thus start showing your true character by swearing and making a fool of yourself. You are ideal ANC material, that's the way they like it. dump and ignorant.

  • glenda.gert - 2013-01-23 09:13

    Mandela said, should the ANC do what apartheid did to you. Do to the ANC what you did to apartheid. I guess the old man saw this coming

  • Rhulani - 2013-01-23 09:16

    They(government)should have contacted the community before going ahead with the municipality merger, peoples life would have been saved. Another moemish by the state, sis

  • kortbroek.duplessis - 2013-01-23 09:17

    Hope the cops left their rubber bullet rifles at the station today.

  • john.kirkwood.9619 - 2013-01-23 09:18

    should shoot the sh#t out of them they are common criminals, police are scared of another marikana,this strike and mass action that the cANCer taught these people is still going to be the downfall of sa

      vierkleur.transvaal - 2013-01-23 09:27

      nuke them

  • walter.laurie - 2013-01-23 09:18

    The only way to safeguard what we have accomplished, and secure opposition politics and minority rights, as well as economic stablity and prosperity for the Western Cape - is to push for a referendum on state Federalism.. NOTHING throws a spanner in the works of the ANC intimidation campaign more than a Cape able to govern itself - nothing. If we remain a province, they will continue to use political intimidation, racial polarisation and unfair taxation to literally cripple the Cape.. Support Cape Independence! Facebook: Cape Independence / Kaapse Onafhanklikheid

      zybt99 - 2013-01-23 09:28

      So in your widom you say the manority should ask the majority to hold a numbers exercise on their opinion? If that is an educated opinion then i doubt a lot of people want yo be educated...

      walter.laurie - 2013-01-23 09:46

      zybt99 - I don't understand, your poor spelling and grammatical errors are too numerous.. Please rephrase..

      omrisho.za - 2013-01-23 09:50

      That is not a solution, when your independent cape is functioning, and everything around has failed, there will be those that will want what you have got, and will resort to violence to take it, and you in turn to defend it, we need better options... something does not cease to exist if you just ignore it and think it will go away... we are dealing with a South African problem, find a South African solution

  • Theuns Jacobs - 2013-01-23 09:19

    1 striker, 1 bullet!!

  • Mjozi - 2013-01-23 09:29

    And Baloyi waited for the mayhem to go on before announcing that the merger would not go on? The damage has been done. What bull manure.

      fikile.jantjies - 2013-01-23 11:16

      Agree 100%. The writing was on the wall. It was only the blind that could not see. After a disastrous provincial conference and a concourt beating,one cannot make such an announcement and hope to receive an applause. Our ministers are only fire extinguishers!

  • manana.jk - 2013-01-23 09:30

    Wat are de police gonna do de. Kill more ppl nd cover up? If de leadership of de ANC(FS) can come nd tell de ppl dat de demarcation bull is cancelled, we won't need any police man

      John Turner - 2013-01-23 09:39

      mamana's submission is a perfect example of S.A. education. Could not understand what the hell he is twittering about.

      manana.jk - 2013-01-23 09:50

      I know exactly wat I'm talking about cause I live de John. So stop talking bull

      renny.meere - 2013-01-23 10:46

      @Manana.jk, unfortunately you don't qualify to comment on these posts. It's not about being black or white, minority or majority but raising an informed & educated point, you make no sense. Sorry

      james.m.turner.35 - 2013-01-23 11:04

      @manana.jk: "I'm not white miss nd I don't care about de language. " Then why use it at all? Chop.

      james.m.turner.35 - 2013-01-23 11:11

      @manana.jk: My bad. News24 deleted my previous comment. I will now remove the word chop from my previous comment "I'm not white miss nd I don't care about de language." Ok then, why do you use it on your FB page? Why do you use it here?

      george.pistorius - 2013-01-23 11:18

      Manana one bullet for you should solve your stupidity That criminals got what they deserve act like one get treated like one stil think you also need a bullet!

      samuel.montshioagae - 2013-01-23 11:54

      Manana o stlaela wa tseba!Y did u comment inde first place? U r an embarassment!

      manana.jk - 2013-01-23 13:11

      I nvr said I wanted dose ppl 2 steal nd I don't care if u think I'm stupid or not. Fact is ppl were shot yesterday nd some of dem were not involved in de criminal actions dat were taking place. If u watched de news yesterday de was an old man who got shot trying 2 save a child who was also shot by de police. So please I don't need u 2 comment on my post, I was raising my view. So should you guys nd stop looking at wat I said.

  • sally.lewitt - 2013-01-23 09:38

    So the message is clear. Loot, vandalise, steal, act like barbarians for a few days and your wish is granted.. New trend setting for SA..

      thutothegreat - 2013-01-23 10:51

      no here is a better way, comment on every article on news24 and the government with listen to your cries.

  • cujimmy.okpall - 2013-01-23 09:41

    You have It i want it now, seems tobe the SA way. But these poor people are stolen from and lied to by their leaders every day, their government do nothing.

  • mullervince - 2013-01-23 09:49

    2 deaths.. thats 2 deaths to much... when will our government learn a basic principal - "PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE" - and who is now running this country???? The unions?

  • karl.vanrooyen - 2013-01-23 09:49

    Most of todays stone throwing litties learnt the art of burn and loot from their mommys and daddys who were doing this in 1976 .

      serame.medupe - 2013-01-23 10:35

      Karl do u think these people like what they're doing....you are so naïve and stupid try live in the same ill treated town ships and u'll understand,thinking you better coz you not of the same race..bull sh*t

  • Cedric - 2013-01-23 09:51

    thruth be told i havn't seen a protest in sasol only criminnals stealing,looting and vandelising dis has been a perfect crime disguised as protest well dat's wat u get when u promise ppl thngs dat r beyond ur reach thnx ANC.

  • eston.leman - 2013-01-23 10:01

    Give the people what they want

      phoebe.moranye - 2013-01-23 10:16

      Yes dear.

      Brian Dorning - 2013-01-23 10:24

      you can lead by example....i want you to give me 50% of everything you earn. Contact me if you are willing to practice what you preach.

  • xolane.nkambule.9 - 2013-01-23 10:07

    if the majority wins implement,apply democratic law nd standard.

  • rickey.tickey - 2013-01-23 10:14

    The irony of this Sasolburg uproar is that rumours have it that the Sasolburg municipality are against this merger also, but the local township's residents decided nonetheless to attack local municipal and provincial property and if that is not enough, to loot shops like Zio, Pick n Pay, Astor and Coney Island just for good measure. What a bunch of hooligans (primates should be a better word for them) who deserve maximum penalty.

  • zybt99 - 2013-01-23 10:29

    Likening the current situation to apartheid is about as stupid as one can get. Worse if that person is white. Talk about problems and blame the goverment but do no belittle what a lot of us went through just to sound cool in a blog.

  • mogodi.mokone - 2013-01-23 10:31

    I believe we have wrong people in positions of power. Management should have anticipated that the decision to merge municipalities was not going to be received well. Not when you have countless cases where people rioted because of the demarcation decisions before. They management should have developed a effective communication strategy at the very least.

  • malamulela.ndoro - 2013-01-23 10:41

    The leader of our country appears to be a colossal failure in the favor of unenlightened ignorant people who refuse to see him this way.Please like FB page: http://www.facebook.com/JacobZumaIsNotMyPresident

  • gail.hayesbean - 2013-01-23 10:41

    I am really sad that the police are being forced to fire on their own brothers and family but I also believe that the reasons the people are protesting is because of lack of communication and consultation about the effects that this will have on them. Moving electoral districts is an attempt top ensure that the ANC do not lose any more seats in the major elections lying ahead, either by incorporating a strong known support system into an area where opposition has made huge strides or excluding people who have turned against them because of the flagrant disregard their elected leaders have for the marginalised people on the ground while they continue to act only in their own and cronies best interests. Absolute power corrupts absolutely and the ANC have BECOME the apartheid government of pre-1994. They do in fact harbour the last vestiges of NP leadership in their ranks and are not entirely stupid. Who cares where Zuma is? He is probably lying low on advice from smarter people so that he can't aggravate the situation by saying the wrong thing. For the ANC that is standard procedure, lies and crime are second nature and Zuma is the Key player here. As long as he gets Nkandla he will listen to anyone and he is probably making sure that it is ready before he takes his leave. Why else does it need a bunker? He intends to make his last stand there a la Hitler.

  • fikile.jantjies - 2013-01-23 11:00

    I do not understand how leaders think sometimes. The ANC had a FS provincial Conference that was clouded by controversy. It was even nullified by the ConCourt. It was largely viewed as Ace Magashule's conference. Two months later the merger of the two municipalities is announced. This was bound to blow-up in their face! Didn't they read the signs? Someone please help.

  • richardnealejohn.underwood - 2013-01-23 11:09

    @ Ditabe Rhyder Kan : They say two people were shot ,you say : in their yards. MANANA is a spanish word for TOMORROW.What on earth are you talking about?

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-01-23 11:26

    Come 2014 they will all vote for the same lot again and the same twaddle will happen again.

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