Heidelberg quiet after violent protest

2012-03-22 07:45

Johannesburg - At least 80 people are to appear in court for civil unrest and looting shops and businesses in Ratanda, near Heidelberg, police said on Thursday.

"We are still assessing the damage, but the area is quiet now," Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said.

They would appear in the Heidelberg Magistrate's Court.

The ransacking and stealing from foreign traders was sparked by service delivery protests which started on Monday. Two houses, owned by ward councillors, and a municipal office were set alight.

Police were still in the area.

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  • maryjane.mphahlele - 2012-03-22 07:59

    it is stupid how freedom can change people to idiots

  • Kgomotso Radise - 2012-03-22 08:03

    There are many ways to commemorate Human Rights day but violence and vandalizing is definitely not one of them.

      Sean - 2012-03-22 08:40

      It's the african way. We want we want we want. The concept of peacful demonstrations does not enter their minds at all. Even if our useless gov't managed to get infrastructure in place for these people, how are they going to pay for it? Where are they gpoing to get the cash from to pay for water, electricity and rates. Homeowners have to pay for all of these and so should squatters. I have come to the conclusion that africans do first and think later

      Herman - 2012-03-22 08:54

      @ Sean, just a bunch of consumers, demanding everything for FREE, not willing to contribute, but always ready to destroy when not getting something for FREE. This is the future of SA, riots upon riots upon riots, all because the masses has no backbone, want to blame apartheid and now even shopowners from other countries for their suffering. The uneduacted masses isn't interested in education, they have no interest in anything other than consuming on demand.

  • MSGRule - 2012-03-22 09:24

    Service delivery protest is one thing then becoming barbarians and robbing and destroying while they are at it. If a small group liekj this can cause chaos whats going to happen if thousands decide to do it. Unfortunately the only way to handle this kind of thing is stern violence back.

  • Deon - 2012-03-22 15:31

    It sounds like common criminals to me. Build more jails.

  • Naomih - 2012-03-22 16:15

    The burning down of the Ratanda Library is such a shame - the community needs to protect and value libraries. The freedom of access to information is entrenched in the constitution. This happened in the wek that we celebrate SA Library Week!

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