More cops sent to Zandspruit protest

2012-06-13 08:28

Johannesburg - More police officers were deployed to Beyers Naude Drive, near the Zandspruit informal settlement on Wednesday morning, where protesters were throwing stones at cars, Johannesburg metro police said on Wednesday.

"The officers are deployed to divert traffic at Juice and Peter roads. Beyers Naude Drive is still not accessible to motorists," spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said.

"There are rocks, stones and burning tyres in the road. People are also throwing stones at cars so we had to close Beyers Naude Drive."

Minnaar said cars going from Krugersdorp to Johannesburg and back would not be able to use that road.

"We urge motorists to use Malibongwe Drive and Hendrik Potgieter road as alternatives," he said.

We are not sure about the reasons for the protest but it is not safe for motorists, he said.
Minnaar said there is a heavy police presence in the area.

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  • anthonycharles.williams - 2012-06-13 08:33

    shoot to miss or kill.........?

      mukosit - 2012-06-13 09:12

      Time to test Mangwashi Victoria Phiyega as the new national police commissioner.

      clifford.sithole.5 - 2012-06-13 09:23

      We are not sure about the reasons for the protest...I'm guessing , and this is a wild guess that it has something to do with service delivery. I agree with the protestors that cars are to blame for poor service delivery and apartheid and the cars should be held accountable and stoned.

      Janice - 2012-06-13 09:40

      And more than half of them dont even know what they are 'protesting' for!!! What a joke, OPEN FIRE!!!!!!

      Emile - 2012-06-13 12:38

      @ cliiford - omg you are right... and to think, i drove in my golf for so many years thinking it was on my side. all the while it was embezzling money from public coffers, doing illegal deals, taking bribes, disbanding the scorpoins... i wonder what else its been up to

  • kent.paulsen.79 - 2012-06-13 08:46

    So if the goverment does not supply service delivery, then they are entitled to stone my car???? and damage other poeples property? With that attitude they should get nothing. You voted ANC and want to stone the RSA drivers for what gain?

  • thando.gabela - 2012-06-13 08:49

    I know Zandspruit area very well...most of the people who resides there are foreigners i.e. Zimbabweans. Which always make my blood boil when informal settlements grow so quickly with foreigners who then take to the street over service delivery.

      VaMbozha - 2012-06-13 09:51

      I dont think Zimbabweans take to the street over service delivery..they actually leave the country if things go wrong. This is a South African style of protesting, like it or not. They would rather work for 24hrs than throwing stones at cars. You are not good at guessing...never play lotto!!

      Dorothea - 2012-06-13 11:06

      thando, when you guys are not blaming apartheid and white people, you resort to blaming the foreigners. you guys make me ill. own up and take responsibility - your local friends are guilty of many things. typical victim mentality.

      thando.gabela - 2012-06-13 13:39 lost me on "you guys". Who is "you guys"? Wasn't blaming anyone but stating the facts as i see them.

  • lenny.kagiso - 2012-06-13 08:51

    honeydew people are the best in doing things like throwing stones,burning tyres whatsoever ,dats y bana le diflat tsa mekhukhu..saps of honeydew ur wastin ur time de .go back 2 ur offices and drink tea.

      thando.gabela - 2012-06-13 09:10

      So true...many months ago, i was at the Honeydew police station to report a car accident. This gentleman, walks in & ask to park his work car in the police parking lot as the following morning people were planning to riot! Asked why are they rioting...his response was he doesnt know & some participating also dont know why they are rioting! I am telling you...the problem is not service delivery but unemploymet, school drop outs, urban migrations & foreign migrations.

      VaMbozha - 2012-06-13 09:59

      foreigners dont even make up 10% of the population so dont blame them...but the corrupt government officials

  • Peter - 2012-06-13 08:56

    And I'm gonna have to pay for the roads that they've damaged. F them, Zandspruit is currently being revamped, pedestrian roads, new taxi rank, RDPs. What the hell is wrong with this people. Lock the idiots

  • Freddyvdm - 2012-06-13 08:57

    Wow man Govermoent ie eish should really start thinking about making this a national sport.

      Mike - 2012-06-13 09:02

      If it was an Olympic sport we would get gold, silver and bronze

  • Mike - 2012-06-13 09:00

    This is a good time of the year to use a Water Cannon to break this up

  • Philip Buys - 2012-06-13 09:01

    With all these protests it looks like the beginning of the end for the current goverment.

  • Philip Buys - 2012-06-13 09:05

    No that is what you call: A better live for all!!!!

  • Dane - 2012-06-13 09:08

    Took me 45 Minutes from Ruimsig to Beyers Naude(About 6KM) on Peter road this morning, just to get diverted to a dirt road, why cant these people protest at around 9/10AM, why stone peoples cars......Really? WTF?

  • lerato.kay.3 - 2012-06-13 09:09

    If it were in Cape Town some sheep could have said that these protesters were send by ANC and they have got no genuinea problems but now because they are in Jozi all of a sudden they are delivery problems! Open your eyes and see the realities in SA, the poor have been screwed for far too long and I can see equitable distribution of wealth soon

      Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-06-13 09:37

      Why must I give what I've worked so hard to achieve to somebody who won't work for it! I have NEVER in my life, expected or accepted a hand out!! We all, at some point, have to start at the bottom and work our way up, qualify for our position with expertise and experience, not just because I'm a certain colour and have a huge sense of entitlement with the largest chip on my shoulder!!

      paulgerber969 - 2012-06-13 10:33

      Its the Banana politicians who screw the poor

      louis.kempen.5 - 2012-06-13 12:37

      Lerato, ask yourself this question... Lets say the wealth gets dished out. How long will it take that same "poor" person to piss it out? Soon they will be poor again.

      Emile - 2012-06-13 13:00

      you have no concept of democracy, human nature or common decency... yeah you belong in sa alright. much as it pains me to say it

  • Stephen - 2012-06-13 09:10

    South Africa : A land of frustration and chaos, and a lot more worse to come...............bottom line.

      bob.small.7547 - 2012-06-13 09:17

      Right on the money Stephen!

  • Pixionamission - 2012-06-13 09:10

    I live in Peter rd and a guard from an adjacent property warned me to lock the gates as the rioters wanted to get into properties, apparently heard it at taxi rank. I am alone on the plot an worried!

      johleneh - 2012-06-13 10:48

      Goodluck, keep your doors etc locked and the police on speed dial. If you have any dogs (especially big ones) make sure they are out and visible from your gates. Our dogs are the biggest deterrent ever and they're not even aggressive - just look it! Hope you make it through unschated.

  • Msaka - 2012-06-13 09:16

    What legacy will Mr President leave behind except strikes? Poor Zuma.

  • sizwe.bwana - 2012-06-13 09:20

    its a culture thing

  • neil.yates.79 - 2012-06-13 09:47

    Clifford you are so funny hahaaha,

  • chantal.bellairs - 2012-06-13 10:18

    And what bout the protest here in cpt. Thts when our precious president promise everything for free EISH

  • romeo.mahlalela - 2012-06-13 10:49

    Yes, to some extent, Apartheid caused some havoc in both the social life and economic life to majority of Blacks. We want to thank Those White citizens, such FW de Klerk and others, prior 1994, who decided to assist us in transmogrifying this country into the Democratic state. In 1994, everyone was free to vote for the political party of their choice, and of which the ANC was a majority party , especially among Black voters (Most But Not all of them). Good promises were made by a lot of political parties from that time, such as equal education, economic upliftment , equal social and economic status, FREE housing subsidies for the poor, quality health-care for all citizens of this country. FROM all these, the ANC was unanimously elected as the country ruling party above all other political parties, to take care of the well-being or wellness of its citizens. THE ANC TOOK FULL CONTROL OF GOVERNING THIS BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY OF OURS. IT CAME UP WITH POLICIES WHICH ARE CONDUCIVE TO DEMOCRATIC STATE SUCH AS EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL SOUTH AFRICANS. Although we experienced some policies implemented for the advancement of the Disadvantaged groups, but at lesser degree of quality or value, such houses,and its BEE policies that only benefitted their cadress or few. BUT CURRENTLY THE SAME ANC IS FAILING ITS OWN CITIZENS COMPLETELY , THROUGH CORRUPTION, ETC. WAKE UP BLACK VOTERS, we need a replacement party. JUDGE for YOURSELVES.

      Emile - 2012-06-13 13:04

      its sad that enlightened people are always the minority. you have my vote romeo

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