Metro cops go on the rampage in Durban

2012-08-21 09:24

Durban - Metro police officers went on the rampage in the Durban city centre, demanding that contract workers get appointed permanently, the Mercury reported on Tuesday.

The officers were also demanding that metro boss Eugene Nzama be removed immediately from his position.

The officers reportedly blocked roads, barged into the administration offices and threatened to burn down the city hall if their demands were not met.

They also toyi-toyied, banged on taxis and stopped cars from driving in Dr Pixley kaSeme Street.

According to the Mercury, members of the SA Police Service called in to control the crowd appeared nervous as the metro police officers were armed with service weapons.

Mayor James Nxumalo addressed the officers and assured them the city was dealing with their grievances.

"If we say temporary employees will be converted to permanent staff we do not mean that will be implemented tomorrow [Wednesday].

"We are guided by rules and regulations. Just give the city manager a chance to implement our decision," Nxumalo was quoted as saying in the Mercury.

He told the officers to give the city until Thursday to deal with the matter.

Nzama was placed on special leave in July after metro officers went on strike.

The city's disaster management head Vincent Ngubane replaced Nzama.

However Nzama approached the Durban Labour Court to challenge his special leave and resumed his duties in before his special leave ended.

  • mofstok - 2012-08-21 09:32

    Time for the SAPS to crack these chaps. If they don't want to listen...

      zambezi.river - 2012-08-21 11:55

      Time for a taxpayers strike!

      mike.lindsay.7927 - 2012-08-21 13:41

      Just bring the Marikana cops down here. They have adequate experience in dealing with a mob who insist on misbehaving.

  • gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-08-21 09:34

    The civil war has begun.

      mofstok - 2012-08-21 09:37

      now now, let us not get melodramatic about a metro-police strike.

      gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-08-21 09:43

      melodramatic? Look around.

      mofstok - 2012-08-21 10:29

      I see rioting and violent strikers. It is not the same as war, sorry ne.

      mihaip007 - 2012-08-21 12:58

      how can we not be "melodramatic"??? Look at the facts - you are sacared to face strikers, because they are ARMED WITH SERVICE WEAPONS! A strike was meant to be as follows: we refuse to work until our demands are met! Today is - "we will get those demands or we will kill you"! africa - eish...

      gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-08-21 18:59

      Community kills cattle thief vigilantes. 7 dead 30 missing. 3 orphans stoned to death. Striking miners kill cops and others. 10 dead. Cops kill miners. 34 dead. plenty more injured. Armed police on rampage. Students on rampage all over. dot dot dot.

  • anton.cameron.muller - 2012-08-21 09:36

    If they are not on duty (Which they clearly are not), they should not be allowed to carry their service weapons. This is just asking for GK

  • mholthuysen - 2012-08-21 09:37

    They should do their job, these corrupt fat thieving and useless Dirtbin Cops. Not sure why we actually have them - as they do NOTHING; except go on rampages, being involved in taxi companies, and collect bribe monies... fire the lot!!!

      boltonbarry - 2012-08-21 12:49

      NO fire at them

      shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-08-21 14:35

      & dont forget the so called traffic fines that were meant to be stopped in 2010, you know the ones posted via NORMAL post? well they are illegal LOL They just wanto everything, oh wait that the majority of todays people. MY BAD

  • bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-08-21 09:38

    This government has no control, they started the pillaging and now it's turning into a free for all, 2014 will be too late to vote these incompetents out, we need the DA now.

  • kevin.kramer111 - 2012-08-21 09:48


  • tracy.g.basson - 2012-08-21 09:51

    Please give us some guns so we can go shoot the strikers !!! Ha ha.

  • vernon.wolf - 2012-08-21 09:52

    Fire the lot of them with immediate effect, they're useless anyway!

      lownabester - 2012-08-21 10:13

      Useless and uneducated.

  • kevin.pitzer - 2012-08-21 09:53

    Mutiny in the ranks !

  • blignault.michaele - 2012-08-21 09:57

    And we need to trust these people to protect our country's and our personal assets....what a joke!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • vanzyld - 2012-08-21 10:00

    rofl - got to love this insane country

  • vanzyld - 2012-08-21 10:01

    were they carrying pangas and spears? probably left their side-arms at home otherwise it would not have been an illegal strike

  • koolHD - 2012-08-21 10:05

    We need a good president. Politicians have failed us. We need a visionary. Someone who can cure this pandemic growing in our country. It has become so malignant that striking synthesize results.

  • Rowan Cranston - 2012-08-21 10:09

    to all you useless metro officers: stick to what you are qualified to do: go and sit in the bush behind your traffic cameras and finish eating ur chicken meal.

  • Sedeshan Naidoo - 2012-08-21 10:10

    jeeeez - let's all go on strike to get what we want. all temp workers everywhere should strike to become permanent. can you imagine?

  • lownabester - 2012-08-21 10:12

    This is what you get when uneducated people are given these jobs.

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-08-21 10:12

    I guess they were short on bribes this month? This is the "quality" of public sevants we have in this country,so no wonder our crime rate is so high!

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-08-21 10:13

      oops-servants! Sorry!

      hermann.hanekom - 2012-08-21 10:41

      But does one not pronounce it sevants?

      Desilusionada - 2012-08-21 19:15

      At least you did not spell it savants!!!. LOL

  • wilhelm.grobbelaar - 2012-08-21 10:13

    And they are supposed to protect us on south african roads. Pathetic. For once I vote with the ANC and against the DA. Have these people banned from the force for life or amalgamate the metro police into the SAPS. They are carrying on worse than the miners. We should start shooting now.

  • Rowan Cranston - 2012-08-21 10:13

    And here are their demands: " oink oink oink oink ..."

      james1944 - 2012-10-29 06:41

      Dont forget the beggers tin

  • craig.s.mendelson - 2012-08-21 10:16

    LOL, what a freaking joke, these idiots are a law to there own, they demand respect yet, act like this, fore the entire bunch, Metro are over payed (compared to SAPS) and all believe that they are rambo - JAIL TIME!

  • wilhelm.grobbelaar - 2012-08-21 10:16

    Nice, no cops around. Plundering for everyone!!! some nice free cars, or Hi-fi or TV. Who's gonna stop us. Metro police obviously are not working. so there are alot less cops on the roads and in city centers.

      mholthuysen - 2012-08-21 10:20

      And suddenly the traffic is flowing... as no police cars are double parked in front of fast food outlets...

  • crazyjourno - 2012-08-21 10:16

    Special Leave...

  • vusi.hadebe.5 - 2012-08-21 10:20

    its about time the Metro plice in all SA Metros be incorporated to the SAPS, they are not contributing anything to crime prevention and fighting, they are just mere "Traffic officers" who issue tickets like nobody's business. They shud be fired and their pensions be paid to needy NGOs.

  • sean.murphy.165 - 2012-08-21 10:20

    Being armed with firearms during a public gathering is strictly illegal in terms of the Gatherings Act. All of those metro cops present should be arrested, disarmed and fired. It is time that the SAPS started to apply the law as far as these protests are concerned. We, the public of SA are sick and tired of being held to ransom by these thugs. Break the unions power so that SA can prosper.

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-08-21 10:24

    What is the matter with these guys? Every time some group wants something, the only option to them is to go on the rampage and destroy.

  • addie.msibi - 2012-08-21 10:27

    I am totally against what is happening in our country at the moment, but we should really think back and see where it all went wrong. We have been praising and celebrating a person who did, in my view absolutely nothing for the country, Mr Mandela, we have forgotten about the people who were really doing something, like Tambo and Hani. This is my view and my opinion.

  • shandukane.moshatana - 2012-08-21 10:28

    Next Time its going to be the cops and the SANDF Wow what a country ruled by Ants

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-08-21 10:28

    And Nero fiddled while his city burned. This is how civilized people act, maybe the wording should be supposedly civilized!! The government has lost control in just about all spheres. Policing, Health, Education, the courts are overwhelmed with trial postponements, prisons are overcrowded, services are almost at breaking point.What more needs to be said.

  • raymond.buis.3 - 2012-08-21 10:34

    What is wrong with these idiots. Did they not see what happened at lonmin regarding armed strikers. But hey I suppose if it happens again everyone will say poor strikers. In my personnel opinion these guys are little more than spoilt children who need a smack.

  • raymond.buis.3 - 2012-08-21 10:34

    What is wrong with these idiots. Did they not see what happened at lonmin regarding armed strikers. But hey I suppose if it happens again everyone will say poor strikers. In my personnel opinion these guys are little more than spoilt children who need a smack.

  • peter.bolze - 2012-08-21 10:35

    Barbaric savages!!!

  • mizter.blister - 2012-08-21 10:36

    Arrogance Nepotism Corruption-Hmmmm.....

  • Gavin - 2012-08-21 10:36

    and Zero..sorry I mean Zuma fiddles (with his spear) while Rome burns..

  • jason.slabber.3 - 2012-08-21 10:36

    Where do the metro cops get off threatening to burn down City Hall? I don’t understand why these idiots feel they have the right to always resort to violence and disturbance in an attempt to get a point across or to have demands met. To all strikers in SA...take a look at how other humans do it in civilized countries and try and be like them.

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-08-21 10:37

    Not much different to Marikana.

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-08-21 10:46

    Dr Pixley kaSeme Street. Never heard of this street, sounds like in a location somewhere outside of Durban. Send them all back to the bush where they belong.

      jo.vankatwijk - 2012-08-21 15:21

      Used to be West Street. Once a beautiful street where one could window-shop in the evenings after a good dinner in a good restaurant or seeing a movie or a show at the Playhouse. Ring a bell?? That was then, this is now (sadly)

  • faizal.m.essop - 2012-08-21 10:48

    seriously. even our police threaten to destroy property. I do not know why this country doesnt learn. hey mr president, sort this out or I wnt vote for you. that should be our motto

  • saintsuperboy - 2012-08-21 10:48

    If you, a officer of the law, are running around the city with your service pistol and terrorising civilians and threatening to burn down city hall, because of employment grievances in a country where we have a 25% unemployment rate, that should be seen as being ungreatful in the least but actually should amount to treason.

  • pchronias - 2012-08-21 10:54

    What will this country be like in a years time? Time to relocate!!!!

  • steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-08-21 11:30

    Is there no definition of what constitutes Essential Services in this country? This should be strictly classified and adhered to with it's own set of rules. Those that choose these professions should be prepared to stick by them or be severely punished if they fail to do so. That's one of the big problems of the cANCer government. F**all direction.

  • leon.groenewald.33 - 2012-08-21 11:50

    Cops? Thugs with badges!

      arvin.hooseria.9 - 2012-08-21 11:54

      No! Badges with cops !!!

  • mandy.robinson.5074 - 2012-08-21 12:38

    New favourite word "demand", how about EARNING the right??

  • alan.probert.7 - 2012-08-21 12:40


  • colin.chester1 - 2012-08-21 12:45

    arrest the f..ers and lock them up! They should be fired! They are employed to uphold the law! How are we we supposed to take these people seriously when they fine us?!?!?!

      carolyn.dewrance - 2012-08-21 13:51

      Problem Colin, is that when they fine us they hold a gun to our heads and demand cash which they put into their pockets, and just walk away. They are just a bunch of thieves.

  • allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-08-21 15:18

    Protests in SA = Violence and threats of violence. What does this teach the young? Being violent gets you what you want.

  • ernie.croucher - 2012-08-21 18:27

    Ag nee man!!Cops that strike??? Where the hell is this country going to??

  • michael.l.dua - 2012-08-22 08:20

    We should really be careful how we use the word "cops" or "police" as in my humble but nevertheless accurate opinion these are words which indicate a noble profession....Those that do such things are only people employed by the council..and cannot be referred to as police ok!!

  • raymond.buis.3 - 2012-08-22 09:16

    What is wrong with these idiots. Did they not see what happened at lonmin regarding armed strikers. But hey I suppose if it happens again everyone will say poor strikers. In my personnel opinion these guys are little more than spoilt children who need a smack.

  • hsnam - 2012-10-29 10:10

    And they claim to be police officers?

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