Joburg roads blocked by protesting residents

2012-07-26 07:49

Johannesburg - Protesters barricaded the entrance to Klipfontein, Tembisa, on Thursday morning, Johannesburg metro police said.

Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said the road was blocked with burning tyres from around 06:00.

"Motorists are advised to avoid the area as the situation is volatile."

Dale and Modderfontein Roads should be used as alternative routes.

He said officers were monitoring the situation.

On Wednesday, Chloorkop Road was blocked by protesting residents.

Captain Pinky Tsinyane said residents were unhappy with service delivery. They had complained about interruptions to the electricity supply.

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  • gary.scande - 2012-07-26 08:01

    Another picture that could be anywhere in the country, nothing gets your point across like a burning tyre it seems. Wonder if I'll get a raise if I throw a burning tyre on the bosses desk? Probably not.

      gershon.hutchinson - 2012-07-26 08:39

      nosiphom.mazibuko - 2012-07-26 09:06

      You'l get the boot instead!

  • flynn.govender - 2012-07-26 08:18

    Peaceful protest - I don't have a problem with that. When residents burn tyres, damage properties, etc - someone has to be accountable for the that, tyres damage roads. Lock these protesters if they turn violent. There is a way to discuss the problem and everyone will come to an amicable solution

  • shellerjc.rjc - 2012-07-26 08:27

    When will they WAKE UP and stop voting for the people who do this to them? Can they NOT see that they are being lied to, cheated, and stolen from??

      gershon.hutchinson - 2012-07-26 08:40

  • hc12345 - 2012-07-26 08:27

    The sad thing is they protest but when the next election comes along they still vote for a party who has done nothing to make their lives better....

  • fanie.viljoen.73 - 2012-07-26 08:27

    And still, come next year they will all vote ANC.

  • sharon.a.marks.9 - 2012-07-26 08:28

    i honestly dont give a hoot about these people,they are unhappy with govt so they break and destroy,but next elections the anc give them the usual story about the big bad white wolf and these retards vote them back into power.conclusion - they deserve to suffer

  • martin.britchford.5 - 2012-07-26 08:50

    AAAAAH shame, power keeps going out, aaaaah shame no services, aaah huh didnt you idiots vote for better service for cadres?

  • martinh82 - 2012-07-26 08:52

    Was driving past last night when it started, had to take a major detour this morning. Strange that the government officials who are responsible for a unhappy populace sit in their cushy offices, while a law-abiding tax payer is inconvenienced. Yet I blame the protesting residents themselves. Why? Because we had 3 election cycles of Municipal, Local and National elections since 1994, that is 9 ballot papers. And as Einstein is attributed: Insanity is trying the same thing over and over expecting different results. These people are clearly by this definition insane, since they vote over and over for the same party and they expect different results. Or my best bet is that they must be uneducated, and not necessarily in a read & write and basic arithmetic way, but in a good civics kind of way. In a logic kind of way. These are the things that saddens me for this country, and brings my hopes for the future of this country in turmoil. I don't really care any more for the cANCer. I am worried about the fact that they know that the people will keep them there, regardless of how exploitative and incompetent they are. I think, as good, patroitic South Africans we should try to plant these ideas of dissent on the voters. Instead of bemoaning the government, we should fix the mechanism that keep them there: the mass voting public.

  • Joubs1957 - 2012-07-26 08:59

    Another case of "controlled anarchy" Bananafarians rule

  • jody.beggs - 2012-07-26 09:12

    Taxpayers need to be paying attention , we should group together and strike for a common cause. Whenever the tax money is wasted , when the government is found corrupt , when we want a day off. Damn the man.

  • nokuthandwa - 2012-07-26 09:17

    come next year they will all vote ANC! You voted them into power! Stop voting for them! It actually sickens me when I read comments like these! NOT ALL PEOPLE (BLACK PEOPLE) IN TOWNSHIPS VOTE ANC! People really need to stop generalizing and start thinking outside the box. The ANC is not a black peoples party just like the DA is not a white peoples party. This has been proven in the recent elections. The DA already has power in the Western Cape, where there are a lot of black people in townships (Langa, Khayelitsha, Gugulethu, Nyanga ETC) AND the DA is gaining a lot of supporters in Port Elizabeth (which has many black people in townships). I can only hope that one day, people will stop being judged by the colour of their skin and that SA will STOP BEING ABOUT THE ANC VS DA!!

      nadineelvina.francis - 2012-07-26 13:20

      Well said , dear friend, the problem is changing perceptions of the voting public , who are too stupid to know otherwise. Stupid is as stupid does.

  • DjshawnSA - 2012-07-26 09:23

    Well the Klipfontein community members voted for a different political part being DA, but this issue of service delivery is still a pain. So who do we blame in this instance? Once these goons are voted for the detour from the promises made by them... Nxa these guys... although it is not right to burn tyres, but it seems that is the only way the government respond to people's cries.

  • thabo.raleno - 2012-07-26 09:57

    Please guy's you want everything for free no we must pay for the service we get.Look all this townships demostrate but Soweto never does and we do have problems with electricity as well and water.There are people who don't pay but we try to do so i think is the right thing.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-07-26 10:44

      I think the title of the story is misleading. The residents are non-paying squatters. There is no regulation whatsoever. if they were paying for services and not receiving then they would be entitled to complain about poor service BUT they have nothing at all. No homes (a shack is not a home -its a shelter), no services, no attention, no representation. These are people who are in dire straits - they have the same needs as everyone else, and these needs are largely ignored. What kind of government is this that ignores its own people? I'm not talking about white people here, I am talking about the majority of black people. The government has abandoned you all and is only interested in feathering its own nest.

  • Luyanda Lubaking Ndzamela - 2012-07-26 11:05

    It's true that our goverment is failing us but the is no need to label each other. I don't approve idiotic stunts or stupid cooments about black ppl. we are all african lets educate and assit each other period

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