Housing protest south of Johannesburg

2012-10-06 16:08

Johannesburg - Angry residents in Driezicht near Orange Farm, south of Johannesburg, have barricaded the Golden Highway with rocks, according to a report on Saturday.

The SABC reported that the protesters, who have illegally occupied land, are demanding property to build houses.

They are refusing to talk to police, saying they want to be addressed by government officials, the public broadcaster reported.

Police are maintaining a strong presence while the protesters are singing struggle songs and burning tyres.

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  • punungwe - 2012-10-06 16:19

    It looks like Marikana was the puncture in a pressurised vessel. Let us hope the SA government can bring this under control. Otherwise South Africa is headed for serious trouble, with us foreigners worried that things might spill over into xenophobia.

      makavelithedonkilluminati.shakur - 2012-10-06 16:38

      lol,\us foreigners\.. Why are u scared? Maybe u should go back to ur country and save urself from fear and stress. lol.

      colin.dovey - 2012-10-06 16:51

      All the ANC chickens are coming in to roost now. Moreover, the Vultures are circling around Mangaung.

      Vince.York - 2012-10-06 18:43

      They VOTED ANC for THIS??????? They will continue to vote ANC for MORE of this same non delivery and non response????????? and yet is is amazing just how productive and virtually peaceful it is everywhere where the anc has not won the vote. All it takes is to walk into the door of each the other political party's and find out just how much they can help you and your family get a meaningful future. No bricks, stones, petrol or bad attitude with violence required! The DA produced its best results ever at the polls, scoring almost a million new voters to take its nationwide tally from 1,931,201 to just under 3,000,000, a growth of 50 per cent. This made it the only party in South Africa to have grown in all three of the most recent elections.

      punungwe - 2012-10-06 18:52

      @makaveli I am seriously considering that option. However don't consider it a blessing because there are number if medium term projects that depend on skilled people like me, who can't be replaced overnight.

      makavelithedonkilluminati.shakur - 2012-10-06 19:01

      @punungwe,are you trying to say that South Africans are not skilled? And no one forced you to come here and increase our population and corrupt our country,be my guest and hit the road jack. And lastly,don't think that you irreplaceable.

      punungwe - 2012-10-06 19:46

      @makaveli I am not saying South Africans are not skilled. Far from it. There are many like Mark Shuttleworth (founder of Canonical/Ubuntu Linux) and Dr Chris Barnard who are highly, highly skilled and made a mark on the world of science and technology. It is the South African government (not me) which decided that there is a shortage of skilled manpower in some areas and consequently gave foreigners like me skills based quota work permits, to come and plug those gaps. It takes years to plug those gaps as skills, and experience, can not be acquired overnight. Mind you South Africa is not the only choice. I personally considered several Western countries to emigrate to using their skills based points systems , but chose South Africa because I made a conscious decision to keep my skills inside Africa. If I had known what I now know about xenophobia, I might have made a different choice. Believe me many skilled foreigners, especially skilled whites who seem to be more acceptable foreigners to South Africans than us blacks, are now giving South Africa a wide berth because of the constant negative news.

  • makavelithedonkilluminati.shakur - 2012-10-06 16:23

    And yet Zuma is getting R203m to upgrade his house and some fools still want him re-elected even when there is a lot of endless strikes in S.A. Its high time people open their eyes.

      gieljam.gomtor - 2012-10-06 17:42

      I demand that he immediately also has sub economic houses for the poor built in his enclave among his mansions as is the latest in more up class suburbs around the country..

  • - 2012-10-06 16:31

    Why then would the ANCYL want to make Tokyo the VP when he can even deliver in the settlements Ministry?

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-10-06 16:37

    There we have it the writing is on the wall between entitlement and ungovernance the ANC is successfully turning South Africa into a dysfunctional state.

  • danny.levin.351 - 2012-10-06 16:58

    Tell them to go squat at Zoomer's place...he can explain to them why he spends R203M on it.

  • danny.levin.351 - 2012-10-06 17:02

    @makaveli the donkey, you stooped dumb @ass. if us "foreigners" leave that means more of you 1diots without jobs. 90% of "foreigners" that leave were owners of business that employed people. who is going to employ you and feed you then?

      makavelithedonkilluminati.shakur - 2012-10-06 17:11

      I'm talking about foreigners who come to S.A illegally and are recently dwelling @ informal settlements illegally. I mean they are just useless and they are wasting our mineral resources and u dumb a#s

      Alien42063 - 2012-10-07 01:44

      @Danny: Maka is obviously talking about Nigerians, Zimbabweans etc...

  • deon.jansevanrensburg.58 - 2012-10-06 17:02

    The roaming hunter-gatherer mentality have not left them even after 300 years of trying to civilise them. Our forefathers wasted a lot of energy that could have been used more constructively.

  • gieljam.gomtor - 2012-10-06 17:38

    Ill disciplined and backward inhabitants targeting and endangering others on roads .Forced removal of all squatter and informal settlements kilometers away from hi ways must be seriously looked at.

      Vince.York - 2012-10-06 18:49

      You'll have to deal with the other arm of the zuma dynasty - the "violent non-tax paying taxi fiefdom" on that topic, as they need to be able to block all roads and endanger traffic wherever most intervals between getting their share of demanded RBillions like the nkandla pot of tribal gold.

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-06 19:22

      Forced removal of all squatter camps and the illegal foreigners who occupy them post haste is my solution!The killers of Corrie Sanders were mostly Zims!

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-10-07 08:24

      Take the problem to nkandla Big chif sits there ..He's the boss

  • david.maree.92 - 2012-10-06 18:37

    I think that the military should have been called in to control this situation a long time ago. But some of them are also striking. The only way to stop this, is with an Iron Fist. This is however, my opinion. Maybe it is the worst thing to do, but it does not look like common ground can be found.

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-06 19:28

      There unfortunately will never be common ground,the only solution is a rather drastic one and its sad that we all thought it would be different,well you can't shoot us for hoping but now is the time for something else!Lets hope we will survive going forward!Here is still hoping but a little more subdued!

      Peter - 2012-10-07 08:35

      And if the army are deployed and decide that they are not happy with their lot, will they obey the government of the day, or act unfavourably against the ruling party? I don't think the ANC will want to take that gamble. An iron fist is needed, but where will it emanate from and how can the ANC use force to quell violence when it has sown a culture of free hand outs the past 18 years and cannot keep the promises it made to emotional and gullible voters? A liberal 'first world' constitution is no use when a major portion of the populace is under-educated and those that are smarter ( read: unions and therefore the ANC by association) are manipulating this very constitution to sow chaos for their own selfish gains. They are doing a very good job of it. Time to baton down the bunkers, just like Zuma plans to do at NKandla!

  • dewaldmarais - 2012-10-06 18:44

    18 years later and the people of South Africa (all races) are struggling, but you won't learn vote ANC again, and all will turn to rubble.

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-06 19:25

      They will that's for sure!This country will turn to rubble there is no doubt we are in trouble.We managed to survive 18 years but time is now running out!

      dewaldmarais - 2012-10-06 19:57

      @Dunkie - It's so sad but so true. I wish... and every night I pray that people can get past history and their differences and start moving forward. We look different but ultimately we are all human, and all equal. The problem with the ANC is the culture...from inception the ANC accomplished goals through either violence or threat of violence - it's the ANC and their affiliate's way...hence the violence and striking it's the ANC way. They promised the impossible and delivered nothing - except to their own coffers. They've insisted for 18 years that the people of SA deserve everything....created amongst their supporters a sense of entitlement and a feeling of being hard done by... In every poor south african's heart they feel cheated...the fact is that they've been cheated by their own elective - they could have been far better off after 18 years, if their leaders felt as much for them as the rest of the country did - white people like myself included. When is all lost? after 2014 perhaps? - can this country endure another ANC term? - it remains to be seen. Vote for anyone but do not vote for someone you know through personal experience can't cope (no pun intended) and surely can't deliver, not even to their own supporters.

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-06 20:42

      dewaldmarias,well put and accurately pointed out,you have hit the nail firmly on the head!

  • Malebo Sefufula - 2012-10-06 19:28

    i think if we vote for a different party all this crazy things that are happening in our country might end

      Peter - 2012-10-07 08:40

      Not: might end, will end. We need to stand together and take a brave step forward in 2014. Out with the old, in with a modern South African opposition party for the sake of our children.

  • Rhulani Coleman Mkhwanazi - 2012-10-06 20:01

    Go guys......claim from Zuma's house.

  • Michael Kleber - 2012-10-06 21:40

    These people must wait their turn first we must build nkandla if there is change then they build some few houses for them

  • yolanda.haripersad.1 - 2012-10-07 00:57

    We should all be striking against a corrupt government. As soon we heard about Zuma 200 million+ upgrade we should have taken to the streets.

  • Alien42063 - 2012-10-07 01:41

    Burning Tyres? I need 4 x 16 inch tyres for my car. Maybe I can get 4 before they burn them...

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-10-07 05:43

    If you cant get your way BEN EVRYTING !!

  • vijaylyn.moodley - 2012-10-07 12:16

    My motto: Nothing for Mahala. But for the ANC, and the dummies/freeloaders that vote for them: EVERYTHING for mahala

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