Mayoral member attacked at Brits service

2014-01-17 14:31

Brits - A member of Madibeng Mayoral Committee (MMC) was attacked on Friday at a memorial service for three people killed in a violent protest in Mothutlung, Brits, in North West.

MMC member Douglas Maimane was sitting on stage alongside Water Minister Edna Molewa when a water bottle was thrown at him by a brother of one of the deceased.

Maimane was hit in the face, causing his mouth to bleed.

The brother was crying and breathing heavily. His family tried to calm him as he stared at the stage, where Molewa remained seated.

Three men were killed in the township during protests over water this week.

On Monday, mineworker Osia Rahube and a photographer known as Bra Mike were shot dead, allegedly by police.

On Tuesday Lerato Seema died, allegedly after falling from a moving police Nyala. Police said he was trying to escape from custody.

Residents claim they have been without water for at least three months.

On Wednesday, Molewa promised residents of Mothutlung that water would be completely restored by Friday.

  • Nyathi Gelenja - 2014-01-17 14:39

    Guys please calm down, i understand the frustration but phisical fight does not build anything

      Fanie Viljoen - 2014-01-17 14:53

      makes you feel better though!

      Cina - 2014-01-17 14:59

      they asked them not to attend the memorial service, but they are so thick skinned and don't listen to the people on the floor.

      Fortes Fortuna Adiuvat - 2014-01-17 15:03

      Trust me, you would do the same if you were without water for 3 months and then your bother/sister gets shot dead by police.

      Brad Herbert - 2014-01-17 15:09

      I still maintain they should have thrown bricks and burning tyres

      Nyathi Gelenja - 2014-01-17 15:11

      Fortes' no water at all @ ward 11 Bizana EC

      Thomas Thompson - 2014-01-17 15:13

      Hey, the NEWS24 ANC is Censoring our comments!!!!!!!!!

      Thandoz Madikizela - 2014-01-17 16:31

      If I was in his position I was gonna go for a brick instead of a water bottle. I wish we can vote these bustards out come elections otherwise we won't stop crying.

      Jeremy Forbes - 2014-01-17 17:09

      I am beginning to wonder whether it will soon become necessary for the Afrikaners to run the civil service under a black majority rule government. This chaos and bloodshed must come to an end, all of this is created by corruption and graft.

      Constant Swanevelder - 2014-01-17 20:49

      @ AliciaLouise. Sorry, you are wrong. The ANC will make a few promises, hand out a free T-shirt and food parcel, and the people will vote for them again.

  • Bongiwe Maki - 2014-01-17 14:40


  • Mine Whitey - 2014-01-17 14:40

    Edna Molewa should have been hit as well!

      Mc Segal - 2014-01-17 18:40

      And not with a bottle of water either.

      Omn Basso - 2014-01-17 18:54

      Where are poo-fighters with their equipment when we need them.?. Right to the face .!.

  • Bongiwe Maki - 2014-01-17 14:41

    I just wonder what would have happened if no1 was the one attending the memorial service.

      Splunken Gobblesmack - 2014-01-17 14:50

      The funeral would have started 3hrs late because he failed to arrive on time. Only rent-a-crowd would have been allowed in. There would have been dozens of armed bodyguards. There would have been far too much giggling.

      Margaret Cox - 2014-01-17 15:25

      To Splunken - and maybe a lot of booing?

      Sjm DaddyCool - 2014-01-17 15:46

      @Margret what do you mean, they love him so much they even call him Boo

      Omn Basso - 2014-01-17 18:56

      Did You say ''POO'' ?

  • Andre Lombaard - 2014-01-17 14:41

    "On Wednesday, Molewa promised residents of Mothutlung that water would be completely restored by Friday" - It's Friday, promises promises!

      Sjm DaddyCool - 2014-01-17 15:42

      maybe they meant good friday

      Gavin Schereka286 - 2014-01-17 17:26

      And by Friday the 13th there will be no more water

  • DerekMain - 2014-01-17 14:41

    The tide is turning - the citizens of SA are starting to see cANCer for what they really are - a bunch of plundering hyenas. They don't care for the poor (except at election time). All cANCer politicians should have bumper stickers saying "F**k the poor". Phansi cANCer, phansi!!!

      Robert Otto - 2014-01-17 15:02

      Die probleem is, al kom die DA aan bewind sit ons nog steeds met 'n probleem van Kundigheid. Daar is dood gewoon nie diepte in ons bevolking om op 'n effektiewe wyse al die sleutel prestasie areas met sukses te bedryf nie. Die affirmative action en BBBE was natuurlik die kanker wat baie oneffektiwiteit veroorsaak het. Jy kan doodgewoon nie 'n man of 'n vrou R980000.00 per jaar betaal en hy of sy funksioneer op die kognitiewe vlak, van 'n Standard 4 leerder nie...... Die res van Afrika is reeds die beste bewys as daar politiese magssug ontstaan moet die UN altyd intree om die honger maag te stil en verder probeer verhoed dat nog 'n verdere miljoen in massa grafte op eindig nie. Dit gaan dood gewoon nie goed met Afrika sonder mense wat nie breins het nie....Oom Robert wat vir my maar na 'n snaakse Afrika speciment lyk is die beste voorbeeld....Die Boere moes nou reeds 700 ton mielies lewer... Hulle vrek van die honger daar.......Mense asb kyk wat in Afrika aangaan waar die dissipline nie meer bestaan nie !!!!!!! UHURU stinks for Africa !!!!!

      Baba - 2014-01-17 15:55

      This is news 24 not nuus 24!

      Vaughan - 2014-01-17 17:13

      Unfortunately the people of South Africa will attack the ANC and at the polls will vote for them. Go Figure!! In the words of Vusi Mona, its time South Africa raises its IQ because they are stupid

  • Mesuli Jamaica - 2014-01-17 14:50

    next time it must bricks and those teeths in the stomach ,good boy nice for the start .

  • Monare Monareng - 2014-01-17 14:58

    They thought deploying army would intimidate people.

      Robert Otto - 2014-01-17 15:47

      Julle moet passop, ek sien vanoggend die militere konfooi by die sportsgronde in Brits, en dan die verdwaalde MP voertuig by die eerste robot as jy ingaan.....Dit is duidelik dat die manne effe deur mekaar lyk en nie presies weet wat om te maak nie, van hulle het blou rang kentekens gedra wat meen dat dit Lugmag personeel is .....waarom daar opdrag gegee is vir hulle INTERVENSIE slaan tot my brein dronk !!!!!!!!!!!!! Hallo Sudan !!!!!!!!! Hier is dit nie Suid en Noord nie of WIT EN SWART nie maar Brother vs Brother !!!!! of moet ek se Comrade versus Comrade !!!!!!! Waky Waky my mede Suid Afrikaners !!!!!

  • JMaree - 2014-01-17 15:01

    Again, CancER feels nothing for the poor! The nerve of the people who caused this water mess sit on a stage at one of the people who died because of their corruption! Astounding! Vote DA or continue to suffer, you have a choice!

  • Brendon Nel - 2014-01-17 15:04

    Although one can never condoje violent protest action my heart still goes out to the grieving families. The cheek of this minister and her cronies indirectly responsible for the loss of life.

  • Paul Phil - 2014-01-17 15:04

    French like revolution coming soon!!!!!

  • Leo Les - 2014-01-17 15:07

    hahahahaha I enjoyed watching him run away bleeding, the should killed him coz its becoz of their corruption that ordinary ppl died

  • Ame Ombre - 2014-01-17 15:09

    Unnecessary deaths! Sincere condolence to the families, relatives & friends of the deceased. Consider how hurt the bereaved already felt & the mmc member & water minister's presence was probably seen as a display of insensitivity!

  • Calvin Chauke - 2014-01-17 15:11

    Attention seeker,luckily u did,nt hit edna molewa,u could have been beaten by the blue-light-gang and immediately taken 2 garankuwa saps 4 extra pakslae

      Phumlani Nkosi - 2014-01-17 15:41

      Other people are just being stupid and insensitive, you clearly don't have an idea how does it feel to loose a love1 especial under this economic apartheid government

      Oscar Lekoane - 2014-01-17 16:07

      You are being stupid,insensitive & downright idiotic,lose a loved one because of someone's else's incompetence,laziness,greed & then talk.You are a pathetic attention seeker.

  • Tshephangsithole - 2014-01-17 15:14

    Yet you still going to vote for ANC again.

  • Mapere Rantho - 2014-01-17 15:17

    people have to die before getting water, what a shame molewa

      Amstel Stel - 2014-01-17 16:44

      Free basic water , where else there is a firepool for chickens and cows.

  • Stevie Kamikaze Le'k - 2014-01-17 15:24

    this is Edna's legacy, she did nothing while she was premier now as a cabinet member she's just as useless, she let the MAdibeng Municipality rot in her reign, now she acts as if she doesn't know whats going on in the area

  • Brad Smith - 2014-01-17 15:30

    The people are angry with you (anc in general). Do not underestimate how angry they are. Had it way way too comfortable for the last 20 years and their plight has fallen on deaf ears. Underestimate their anger at your peril.

  • Carel Hancke - 2014-01-17 15:33

    What is to expected? Zuma promises 5 mill. jobs. He boasts about delivering 1 mill. His people cheer him as if he is their saviour. The moral of the story is - If cattle (and Castle) are slaughtered and devoured, anything goes, even if it bites you in the backside in the near future.

  • nkosikhonorman.ludidi - 2014-01-17 15:34

    Then if something happens to him,,he will say he was innocent,,,,ya hey South Africa

  • Brad Smith - 2014-01-17 15:40

    anc support according to latest survey hovering at 53 percent. that was before this water debacle and before mac maharaj showed the whole of GP province to go f**k themselves regarding e-toll. Tick tock

  • Dorian Riggs - 2014-01-17 15:40

    having no water would also bring me to madness..........the protesters should converge upon the houses of the officials who are to blame for this water mess

  • DarrenCooper68 - 2014-01-17 15:40

    Bloody idiots fought so hard for democracy and don't know what to do with it. Would love someone to explain this to me. There is no longer a need to protest & vandalize like hooligans, attack councillors or even die. Vote the idiots out, it's what you fought for.....

  • Ame Ombre - 2014-01-17 15:47

    How irony that the decease tragically lost their life's over their rights to water & in their memory defence a water bottle was thrown @ those who could have prevented this whole water scenario from the very beginning!!!

  • Oscar Lekoane - 2014-01-17 16:20

    These people annoy me to no end,they think that visiting the injured & berieved families,organising memorials & funerals,is what we employ them for,do your bloody jobs well & efficiently & such terrible incidents won't happen.

  • Michael Ndalama Mwale - 2014-01-17 16:24

    South Africa is a country made up of many countries. There's the indigenous South Africa made of black South Africans. There's the Indian South Africa made up of Indians. There's the Pakistani South Africa made up of Pakistanis. There's the European South Africa made up of Europeans. There's the Arab South Africa made up of Arabs. And then there's the Jewish South Africa made up of Jews. Ironically, while these other South Africans of foreign descent seem to be enjoying aristocratic lifestyles, blacks are being haunted by unemployment and hunger. And in order to keep blacks venting their anger on the other races, the ANC government has been promoting the policy of unity in diversity ever since it took over the reins of power 20 years ago. But because it's a government that is blind to reality, it is failing to see that unless the policy of unity in diversity needs is accompanied by concrete programmes that seek to wipe out poverty among the indigenous black majority and make them feel that the country belongs to them, attacks on ANC officials are going to increase as more and more blacks perceive it as a party of traitors to the struggle for black advancement.

  • Patricia Dewet - 2014-01-17 16:31

    What else must they do?

  • Enn Emm Emm - 2014-01-17 16:33

    Next time use a brick

  • Gemima Cricket - 2014-01-17 16:36

    Let's hope they finally realise they voted for corrupt Mamparas. In south africa if u want water you got to strike dance toyi toyi get shot and then you get it. If you need an I'd document you ggot to commit suicide then they rush to action. If you want school books you have to vandalise the school and burn tyres then you get them. Funny these idiots are never there until AFTER something happens then all show up at funerals and hospitals with the SABC following them. ANC IDIOTS!!!!!

  • Zuki Hlubi RalaRala - 2014-01-17 16:40

    Shame he should have thrown back more than a water bottle to make him feel how bad is bleeding, they enjoy violence but when directed to them they can't take it

  • Eddie Warowaro - 2014-01-17 16:49

    20years aftr independence,the blacks stil have no adequate resources.look at the habitat.all areas with adequate resources are for the minority races,the expensive malls ,resturants u name it.we should not blame the council only.SA society has a role to play together.we headed towards another Zimbabwe

  • Lindokuhle Mhlongo - 2014-01-17 16:51


  • Gavin Schereka286 - 2014-01-17 16:59

    Why is it if I post a constructive comment against an article about what should do in the next elections, News24 removes it within a couple of minutes. Are you guys working for the government? Maybe this comment won't even be published.

  • Lindokuhle Mhlongo - 2014-01-17 16:59

    i wish bafana strikers were as accurate as that comrade.

  • Dan Lebogo - 2014-01-17 19:07

    Whom can you blame for that?

      Rofhiwa Ronald - 2014-01-17 20:23


  • Rofhiwa Ronald - 2014-01-17 20:29

    water bottle was not enough to smash his face

  • Neo Moate - 2014-01-17 23:22

    Shame.. I understand how the brother of the deceased was feeling. How can you give him bottled water after one of his family members died and not having water for 3months?? Bottled water may quench your thirst but won't bring the deceased back!!

  • Hanswors - 2014-01-22 13:33

    They go to a memorial service to sit on a stage and feel important. Why turn a memorial service into a political speech podium anyway.

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