Man dies in violent Cape Town protest

2012-08-14 09:09

Cape Town - A man has died and a truck has been torched in violent protests in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, it was reported on Tuesday.

The Cape Times reported that the man was found, still alive, near a truck on Monday.

"We don't know whether he was hit by the truck or if he was attacked. He died shortly afterwards," Warrant Officer November Filander told the newspaper.

About 350 residents of the BM Section took to the streets on Monday morning to protest over houses and sanitation, forcing the closure of a section of the N2 highway.

They threw stones at police officers and passing vehicles, including five Golden Arrow buses. A bus driver was injured.

According to the report, 10 people were arrested and were due to appear in the Khayelitsha Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Community leader Morris Sifo told the newspaper that residents had been living in dire conditions since 1987.

"It is not fair that we have to live in these conditions while other parts of the area receive continuous upgrades," he said.

  • jean.tredoux.5 - 2012-08-14 09:27

    So *shrug shoulders... If you want to act like this, then expect your life to be in danger, there are other ways to get what you want but being violent clearly isn't one of them.

      mihaip007 - 2012-08-14 11:22

      "It is not fair that we have to live in these conditions while other parts of the area receive continuous upgrades," 1: Life is unfair man! You reap what you sow! If you did not sow throughout life, you will die an old man in the streets! That very same definition applies to ALL of us! 2: Sounds like the ancyl had a chat to them and said - EISH bro'. You know what you should be getting? this and that - now go and do violence lol... Oh you may wonder why I think that! Because since 1987, it is FUNNY how come they woke up only NOW after ancyl said thei'd make the cape town ungovernable...! LOL - 2012-08-14 11:26

      Arrest them one by one and jail the buggers...

  • npretorius2 - 2012-08-14 09:31

    You just can't win!! Upgrade a certain area to improve the lives of the poor, and another sector are impatient and protests violently, sometimes destroying the basic services that were delivered. Please be patient, it doesn't happen overnight!

      andres.dewet - 2012-08-14 09:54

      Exactly: People just DO NOT grasp that resources are limited, yet the influx of the rural-poor into Cape Town is relentless. How is the city supposed to keep up? So communities say some areas are being upgraded: This tells me the ANCYL are lying: The DA-led city is working on poor areas, but just can't keep up with the demands of mushrooming communities. It also does not help when "certain" political entities stir public anger, prevent the mayor from accessing communities and have hidden political agenda's.

  • kaz.hse.7 - 2012-08-14 09:33

    This does fit in perfectly with the utterances of the ANCYL a few days ago where they threatened to render the WC ungovernable.....

      andres.dewet - 2012-08-14 10:00

      Yet, they deny any involvement. Yet, WITS University research shows the contrary is true in protest-studies in Gauteng and Mpumalanga. It's like saying you're going to steal vast sums of money one week, then when there's a spike in bank robberies, you're surprised you're the prime suspect. The ANCYL are going to shoot the ANC in the Cape in the foot. The peace loving Capetonians will grow intolerant of stoking violence and become even more anti-national-ruling-party. Right to protest is sacrosanct in a democracy, the Right to Destruction of Life and Property DOES NOT exist.

  • lydonmcg - 2012-08-14 09:48

    I hope the city doesn't plan on cleaning up their neighbourhood after them. Leave the trash to rot. They can live like the rodents they act like.

  • lenox.ntlantsana - 2012-08-14 09:53

    The government has a mutual contract with the citizens of the country, this is a long standing problem with the said area I think. The stadium was built at a cost of 4 billion rands, (is the stadium now sustainable? Half of that money could've been used to revamp Newlands n the rest to housing project. \r\n\r\nSecondly, building of cluster malls is not enough when there's already dissatisfaction from the neighboring citizens. I don't condone the actions of the citizens but could understand where they coming from. The concern I have though is this, why would the distractions be in our communities than to be in the industrial areas and leading to the CBD the so called comfortable life is?

      andres.dewet - 2012-08-14 10:05

      Nothing could be done: National Government signed an agreement with FIFA for the stadium. The local government had no choice! The anger is understandable: However, when you come to a city en masse in your thousands from rural areas, with no skills, little employability - is it then not unrealistic to expect you're going to instantly have shining, wealthy communities. The City of Cape Town can only absorb urbanisation pressures and only address development and housing as fast as its budget allows.

      Havokreeka - 2012-08-14 10:56

      Lenox, do you understand what "National Government" means? It means those ANC muppets, just so we're clear on that.

  • mantothieve.missingman - 2012-08-14 09:56

    Since 1987 and the anc has promissed you since 1994 and its 2012 now , you deserve what you vote for stop moaning go find a job and work for what you want , the anc aint gonna give you free stuff you better believe it .

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-14 10:51

      Exactly - they were lied to by the ANC - take the protests to them. What part of this don't they understand.

  • Jane - 2012-08-14 09:59

    Why dont the people in these communities clean up after themselves, they throw their dirt right outside their doors until there are huge piles every where, where does this mentality of living in filth come from, even when you travelling on the train you will see them eating their KFC and throwing the bones on the floor, all time favourite of theirs is peeling oranges and leaving the skins on seats. Absolutely disgusting! So dirty and too lazy to even try to clean up

      david.g.preez - 2012-08-14 10:06

      I agree Jane, clean as you go, use bins and throw away trash in the right areas or allocated spaces for it.

  • david.g.preez - 2012-08-14 10:05

    Houses were built, without planning or council approvement. One on top of the other, there is barely space to dig for drainage. That is why there are rules and regulations in place for building. Councils should try, I repeat "TRY" to explain to the residents the reasons for it. But alas it will be called 'racist', 'colonial ideals' and 'colonist' to try and elaborate on why.

  • wkleppan - 2012-08-14 10:12

    Vote for Change is what the ANC said... Hmmm... interesting... Any changes being made? This is a countrywide dilemma.

  • Michael - 2012-08-14 10:16

    Bulldoze everything and start again, you know, clean slate

      Havokreeka - 2012-08-14 10:58

      I was thinking along the lines of Napalm.

  • brytzishiri - 2012-08-14 10:30

    Education is the key to a better society, make it compulsory.

  • mzukisijola.jose1 - 2012-08-14 10:33

    Did they want the houses from golden arrow buses ? ,these are bunch of thugs ,look what they did to that somalians shop .the police must arrest these thugs who are used buy wc ancyl

      gavin.lott.9 - 2012-08-14 10:37


      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-14 10:52


  • somikazi.pita - 2012-08-14 10:36

    What kind of a man is this? Waiting for a free house!! Since the 80's!(I was a baby then) what have YOU been doing for yourself all these years?! Some men have no shame! These hooligans almost damaged my car (that I'm paying for each month) while I was driving through the N2 on saturday,they put my life and fellow driver's lives in danger...for what? A free house?!! I want a house too, but I know I must PAY for mine.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-14 10:53


      gavin.lott.9 - 2012-08-14 11:20


  • siphiwo.spitch - 2012-08-14 10:39

    As I have witnessed from time to time, when one group is moved out of the slum the next comes and occupy that space and demand service delivery. As it seems even if these people who are currently protesting get their demands met, the protests will not end as there will be people replacing the current. I wonder how killing innocent people is helping in their plight! I hope the law will make an example of those who got arrested for civil disobedience!!!

  • craig.lowe.3572 - 2012-08-14 11:06

    Just Shoot Them ! They are after all basically commiting treason by distroying state property, and what gives them the rite to shut down roads and by so doing infringe on the rites of others to use that road, I would if caught in the same situation be very inclinde to just drive straight through them, after all my life would be in danger, in so far as the police are concerned a straight forward pincer movement would round up the whole bunch of these dudes, why don't they, like so many of us, make thier own plans to improve life instead of distroying what they already have, I have no doubt that the protests are driven by the ANC in typical ANC fashion, just distroy everything. IDIOTS !

  • jmsepmybr.zuma - 2012-08-14 11:06

    Good!!!! One less to worry about...

  • sisa.mtwana - 2012-08-14 12:16

    So say all the privileged people. The people from suburbs are blaming the victims. The people are tired not the Anc or their youth league, but the poor, the homeless, the victims of the past injustice in our country, crime and drug victims etc. If we don't listen it will affect all of us.

  • psalm.proverb.3 - 2012-08-14 12:39

    It is time that the ANC came clean. There is no such thing as a free lunch in a country where the tax paying base is ridiculously small. Political parties in SA better stop telling the poor that they will get free housing, free water, free electricity, etc. It must stop. It won't happen. Tax payers are sick and tired of not getting value for their taxes. Violent protests from the poor, attacks against cars (driven by people who pay taxes that support the poor with grants, etc) isn't winning them sympathy. The blame lies with the ANC. They have promised the impossible and promoted laziness, teen pregnacies for grants and illiteracy by downgrading our education system (ensuring that many of the poor will NEVER become skilled labour anyway - unemployable). The DA should take a firm, no nonsense approach. Thugs should be arrested, tried and jailed. Public property destroyed should not be rebuilt. The community must be forced to grasp that once public property is given to them, they have the responsibility to protect it. What they destroy, they will have to rebuild themselves or do without. Burn down school desks, then your kids will sit on the floor. Burn down council offices, then have no council service. For the state to rebuild means wastage of public funds and the service was initially delivered. Further, no right is absolute. Eventually they will feel the pinch and weed out the thugs...

  • JournoSergio - 2012-08-14 13:35

    The only equality the ANC will bring to the Western Cape is that everyone will be equally poor and undeveloped. There will be no need to cry that your neighbors are getting all the service delivery as they will be in the same boat as you: Truth.

  • Candice Brown - 2012-08-14 13:43

    These ppl must go work for there stuff. like the rest of us. They already stealing and getting free electricity. Here i pay like R600 a month for electricity. Besides most of them come from other cities and just put more shacks and when they do get houses they rent it out cos theres no more free electricity and water. They want to live like that.

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