Hermanus road closed by riot

2012-11-04 10:06

Johannesburg - A police officer was injured and a K9 Unit building set alight by a "riotous" crowd in Hawston, Western Cape police said on Sunday.

On Saturday the car two suspected abalone poachers were driving overturned and landed in a ditch while police were chasing them, Captain Frederick van Wyk said.

"Members of the public saw what happened and... started to throw stones and petrol bombs at the police. There were also shots fired from the community side at the police members," Van Wyk said.

Several private vehicles, including one owned by the injured police officer, were set alight.

A 13-year-old boy was shot in both legs. Van Wyk said it was not known how he was wounded. The boy was taken to the Hermanus provincial hospital.

Residents burned tyres and placed rocks on the R43, forcing the closure of the road.

The police opened cases of arson, public violence and malicious damage to property. The two men in the fleeing car, aged 21 and 27, were found with 55 abalone and 12 crayfish with a street value of about R2000. Both were arrested and charged with possession of abalone and crayfish.

SABC news reported on Sunday that the R43 between Hermanus and Botriver had been reopened.

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-11-04 10:17

    The police must go in with the necessary force and clean Hawston up in order to protect all citizens. We cannot allow lawlessness to triumph!

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-11-04 21:34

      Never judge a community until you've walked a mile in their shoes. They have been fishing the waters for ages to make a living. Along come the "powers" that be and take away their quotas. Look around people, they do not "riot" every other week for lack of service delivery. One of their "family" members was deliberately drowned ..... By God if it was one of our neigbours, a brother or father ..... Our memory seems to be very short indeed. But let me try and refresh it: These same people are getting a raw deal.

      jacques.plessis.16 - 2012-11-04 21:38

      @andrez.kolesky I have no problem with people making a living. Everyone has to. Overfishing is unsustainable and this is why poaching has too be stopped. If it continues for too long there won't be anything left for those in the future and then the same people will complain that their livelihood was not better conserved for the future. On the other hand I think we'll agree that the quotas need to get into the hands of the right people as this is, I believe, at the heart of the problem. Those who should get quotas are often overlooked.

  • gary.desousa.7 - 2012-11-04 11:09

    I never thought that I would say this but its time now for gangsters and violent thugs to be shot.

  • Andre Van Buren - 2012-11-04 11:33

    why does the article say Johannesburg in the beginning ?

      tikoloshe.hogana - 2012-11-04 11:50

      ugly things do not happen in DA (Disguised Apartheid) province according to South African media. while zille is busy touring Nkandla. why she does not wait for public protector and auditor general to finish their investigations? she does not respect these institutions as she claim the opposite

      theo.schoeman.71 - 2012-11-04 12:03

      @tikoloshe.hogana - Go play with your balls if you have any and dont have anything concrete to say.

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-11-04 12:11

      @Andre. I guess it's because News24 HQ is there.

      barry.mcbride - 2012-11-04 12:37

      The article was published at their Johannesburg branch.

      grant.hide - 2012-11-04 15:07

      @ tikoloshe Please note that we have payed bullions upon bullions for our ancestors err of ways. those billions are given to those with your vote. Don't look at us, look at your vote. they have it all, we have nothing but give everything. pls use your vote to uplift your people not your ego.

      jaded.oldfart - 2012-11-04 22:09

      @getafix: how many billions are there in a bullion?

  • igshaanp - 2012-11-04 12:07

    abalone better known as perlemoen in our coloured race,this was a poor mans meal back in the days,bt since our goverment saw that they can make millons by exporting it2china. they trying2keep coloured people away and they will loose this battle because those coloureds out there stand together.

      jaded.oldfart - 2012-11-04 22:10

      drowning should be mandatory for poachers.

  • king.rasta.583 - 2012-11-04 13:15

    ayibo kwenzenjani awulethimtshiniwami.

  • bobby.boon.18 - 2012-11-04 15:33


  • lornet.m.fischer - 2012-11-04 18:17

    People don't know what is at the heart of the riot, it got out of hand yes but do a proper journalistic investigation and then you'll understand why things happend the way it did. It was a sad emotional for many people and this clash was just the climax. Nigeria nogal!! Hawston resident

  • igshaanp - 2012-11-04 19:25

    police caused the poacher2drown bottom line

      jaded.oldfart - 2012-11-04 22:11

      drowning should be mandatory for poachers.

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-11-04 19:58

    The people staying there walk around with petrol bombs? See an accident and throw them at the police. Bad idea.

      phirlin.may - 2012-11-05 10:05

      Yes Mandy, you know I wake up in the morning and before I brush my teeth, I first make my petrol bomb and after having lunch, I walk down the street, an wait there is an accident, but don't I have a petrol bomb in my hand...maybe I should through it. Thank you for your insight Mandy

  • hugovzyl - 2012-11-05 07:19

    Andre and Jacques, what ever you argue, point is Police cannot be allowed to the judge! The must control themselves. Should the allegation be true they have serious issues to deal with. It seems to me as new resident in the area, the local police force could be as guilty as the Cato Manor crowd!

  • hugovzyl - 2012-11-05 07:20

    My facebook page entry on Sandbaai Hermanus page is time stamped 15:59! So guess News24 is lying about the true cause and the true reason! Best you be investigating journalists and stop being copy writers!!

  • phirlin.may - 2012-11-05 09:52

    Let me set the record straight, for those people you do not understand the dynamics of Hawston. I do not support poaching, or the use of drugs as do many people in Hawston. Many people do not have the choice, and have to sell abalone in order to put food on the table. Contrary to popular belief, Hawston was not built on crime and poaching. @ mike, if you go to the new harbour of Hermanus, you will see places like Abagold and Lustinia, how does a fisherman compete against such companies? @ raymond, so you believe my town mostly consists of gangsters, well sorry to disappoint you but the majority of Hawston people are not. I am not a gangster and will never be. I make an honest living, as an intern at an NGO. I agree with you that national government needs to take responsibility. If you really want to understand the peoples anger , you are welcome to come to Hawston and speak to them.

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