Heidelberg violence continues overnight

2012-03-20 07:27

Johannesburg - Shops owned by foreign nationals were looted overnight in Heidelberg, Gauteng police said on Tuesday.

The looting happened in the Ratanda area, police spokesperson Constable Solani Mkhize said.

The police were monitoring the area after earlier managing to contain the situation.

The ransacking and stealing from the traders was sparked by service delivery protests on Monday morning. Five people were arrested on Monday when two houses and a municipal office were torched.

The houses were owned by two ward councillors.

Those arrested will appear in the Heidelberg Magistrate's Court on Tuesday, on charges of public violence.

- Are you there or affected? Send us your eyewitness accounts and photos.

  • LN - 2012-03-20 07:37

    Kudos to the photographer. Really good action photo.

      Andiswa - 2012-03-20 07:41

      I agree, very good visuals, its seems this is the only way people can get attention to their legitimate concerns, although I dont support destroying and looting innocent people's property...

      methedex - 2012-03-20 07:46

      The only way these people can get attention to their "legitimate" concerns is to vote for a party that actually will deliver. And no, I'm not referring to the ANC. But while you still voting for the ANC, the rest of us will just sit back and enjoy watching you destroy each other...

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-03-20 08:14

      You all misunderstood the photo. It is of a quick showering process to get rid of that stinking burning-tire smell from there bodies. ;)

      Max - 2012-03-20 08:17

      Has the police run out off real bullets. Rubber bullets don't work and now they are wasting precious water.

      Ray - 2012-03-20 08:19

      The ANC bigwigs are looting our taxes,so they probably feel they are also entitled as they voted for them.

  • Dennis - 2012-03-20 07:42

    Come election time 2014, these uneducated,idiot sheeple will once again cast a vote for the anc and get even less !!

      methedex - 2012-03-20 07:47

      yes, cause they all idiots

      Rodney - 2012-03-20 08:01

      yeah pity we cant focus all the youngsters energy in a fruit full way

      Patiwe - 2012-03-21 21:25

      I agree the ANC is failing it's constituency, but the name calling and insults don't help. It feeds on the racial stereotypes.

  • Ryan - 2012-03-20 07:43

    That fella without a shirt has the perfect running style, Bolt-like. I wonder how he would do with a rugby ball tucked under his arm. He looks blitz. Rugby scouts take note....this could be a world first for a signing.

      Gary - 2012-03-20 07:48

      Yup, such wasted talent in this country.

      Herman - 2012-03-20 08:23

      Nope, he only runs fast when running away from the police, otherwise he is just a useless anc supporter demanding everything, sitting around.

      schalk.mattheys - 2012-03-20 08:25

      Agree, but he may be able to run even faster if he pulled his pants up...

  • Blip - 2012-03-20 07:47

    The politics of Envy...

  • SJ Kleynhans - 2012-03-20 07:53

    Service delivery, what a good exscuse to go around plumaging! But hey, this is after all africa! Whooligans! No place for them here!

      muhammed.abad - 2012-03-20 08:09

      Agreed. They give a damn about service delivery. All they do care about is to enrich themselves using some pathetic excuse as justification.

  • Vic - 2012-03-20 07:57

    The ink used for election identification, should be put in the water cannons, so perpetrators of violence can be identified.It's time that ruthless action be taken against these thugs.

  • Andrew - 2012-03-20 08:05

    Typical for our locals thery want everything for nothing. Just downright lazy and thieves.

      Herman - 2012-03-20 08:22

      Country of consumers, wanting and demanding everything including land, then producing nothing.

      Rob - 2012-03-20 08:44

      LOL Andrew @ least you did'nt have to " wonder " what race is involved this time.

  • Nompumelelo - 2012-03-20 08:07

    why? we are all black

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-03-20 08:21

      In other words " as long as you are black you must stand together and not for what is really going on"? As long as you are black, logic can go out of the window? Racist view and an insult on some "black" people's intelligence. A new point was made. It is not the colour, but the mindset that's the real problems in SA.

  • Cast53 - 2012-03-20 08:09

    Protest is just another word for stealing, looting and destroying somebody elses hard work and property.

      Simone.Nefdt - 2012-03-20 08:18

      There is such a thing as peaceful protest though, but you never hear about that.

  • Trevor - 2012-03-20 08:13

    Police must start to use live rounds,this is looting and as such,they should be shot and killed!This has NOTHING to do with service delivery and the ANC should put their foot down, the rights of criminals should be done away with!!

      Eazy Tee - 2012-03-20 18:22

      shot n kill what if one of family or relative she/he there.nxa

      Patiwe - 2012-03-21 21:29

      Very irresponsible coment.

  • spierwit - 2012-03-20 08:30

    The specialists in action ! This is all they can do, because this is what their forefathers left them behind. They are ruled by the spirit of destruction. What have shops owned by foreign nationals to do with what they voted for ?

  • comurray - 2012-03-20 08:32

    Make no mistake, this is not about service delivery. It is the cANCer bussing in professional rioters to burn municipal buildings and homes of local councillers as a national passtime and convince the citizens through death threats that they should ONLY vote for the ANC. Unfortunately they will, so this will be ongoing until they eventually see the light of day.

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  • Nalisiwe - 2012-03-20 09:34

    but realy guyz Ratanda they have Purer service like Electricity and they have one Robot in a location and they dont service it guyz please is Terrible

  • Aphiwe - 2012-03-20 10:52

    You people are hillarious though really, so there is a situation where you want black people to stop voting for the ANC due to their corruption, fraud and failure on service deliver blah blah blah. Look that is all good and well, i def support that, but let us for a minute adress the log in ur own eye. You speak of logic and common sense but where was logic and common sense when the white man kept voting in a party for a solid 46yrs, a party characterised by sheer hatred of other races, a party characterised by promotion of one race and culture at the detriment of the rest, characterised by killings of innocent people fighting for their basic human rights. ur excuse is that u feared the ANC n others were Communist, well black people have their own fears today n one of them results in that a white man cannot be in power anytime soon. where was the logic when non-violent resistance of apartheid was being was being met by excessive police brutality? Where was this logic when our brothers n sisters were being killed just for 'requesting' we do away with apartheid? There was great domestic and international pressure in an attempt to get white people to have some kind of respect of the other races and their God given rights and yet year in and year out you people still voted for a party that pushed segregation n disregard for basic human rights of people just coz of the color their skin. Before you judge and condemn black ppl for lack of logic, take the log outa ur own eye.

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