Municipal building burned down in Kirkwood protest

2014-09-23 11:00

Port Elizabeth - A municipal building was burned to the ground in Kirkwood on Tuesday during protests in the area, Eastern Cape police said.

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About 1 000 protesters went on the rampage, police spokesperson Warrant Officer Basil Feekoei told News24.

Protesters are burning tyres at both entrances to Kirkwood, local radio station Algoa FM News reported.

According to a resident, protesters also set fire to a school but this could not be confirmed.

Feekoei said there was a strong police presence in the area and “lawlessness would not be tolerated”.

“The situation was “under control but still volatile,” said Feekoei.

He said protesters were unhappy with the local municipality.

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  • Made-In SA - 2014-09-23 11:05

    Viva!Build Mzanzi!Build Strike Africa!

      DerekMain - 2014-09-23 11:30

      Thanks all you cANCer clowns for this. Phansi cANCer, phansi!!!

      Bruwer - 2014-09-23 11:37

      And caesar is playing his fiddle in New York

      kalabafazi - 2014-09-23 11:44

      "Feekoei said there was a strong police presence in the area and “lawlessness would not be tolerated”. Refer to the latest crime stats and try to convince me there is an element of truth in the above quote.

      Eric Moneyvalu - 2014-09-23 11:46

      Bunch of sick idiots. They only have protests to burn down buildings or steal from shops. I dont trust these people.

      kmw13047 - 2014-09-23 11:46

      Now there will be NO service for sure!

      Nigel Vos - 2014-09-23 11:56


      Kallie Cronje - 2014-09-23 11:57

      This is ANC style,when they did this in the pass APARTHEID WAS BLAMED.

      Gavin Westcott - 2014-09-23 12:24

      The people have named SA correctly-"Mzanzi". We are already there!!

      Jeremy Thewasp - 2014-09-23 12:24

      Dear Kirkwood Protesters Keep on voting ANC you brain dead morons

      Alan Smith - 2014-09-23 12:50

      you vote for the cANCer and cANCer you shall receive.

      Vikram Moodley - 2014-09-23 13:27

      Dear protestors, please can you stop burning things. Your children will watch you, grow up, do the same as you and probably end up in prison.

      Carling Blacklabel - 2014-09-23 14:47

      yawn, im hungry.

  • Darren Roderick Kirsten - 2014-09-23 11:05

    I will never under stand them!!! Why burn it down, you will get nothing that why

      Made-In SA - 2014-09-23 11:07

      And they voted for the people occupying that municipal building.

      Darren Roderick Kirsten - 2014-09-23 11:09

      Which baffles me!! id start burning there houses not the building, cause they will then use our tax money to rebuild it, which again they will over price it by 20M to build a little office. BURN THERE HOUSES not the municipal building!!

      Nico de Jongh - 2014-09-23 11:27

      The brainless majority surely loves their African politics .. everything must be 'black like us'.. controlled anarchy at it's best.

      Stephan Francois Bouwer - 2014-09-23 11:27

      "Violence is the only way to get what you want" - that is the message they received and followed."Work hard" - message no one wants to year

      Mirnix Dirnix - 2014-09-23 11:55

      Building looks better black than white! This must be one horrible racist building.Why do these clowns not paint their houses black right from the start?

  • Beaulah Fortuin - 2014-09-23 11:05

    Protests everywhere! Must be good to be at the UN meeting this week.

      Made-In SA - 2014-09-23 11:10

      People,you better fasten your seatbelts.Our supposed driver got out at Nkandla.He is going to Russia and the UN now and then,but mainly he stay at Nkandla.And the car that is Strike Africa is not cruising along on an autobahn.We are going downhill,and picking up speed.I hope your safety belts are on.

  • criticallyhonest - 2014-09-23 11:10

    I wonder who will get the tenders to rebuild?

  • Mputumi Sikova - 2014-09-23 11:10

    I like to see them toitoi they vote for anc.

      Made-In SA - 2014-09-23 11:13

      Next time don't burn everything.Take poo and throw them with it.That is what the poo-throwing arm of ZANC ,Ses'Khona,do here in Cape Town.

      Paige Turner - 2014-09-23 13:24

      Sies, poo-throwers and Ses'Khona are as bad as the arsonists.

  • Jeff Baxter - 2014-09-23 11:11

    Brainless bastards!

  • The Illuminated One - 2014-09-23 11:23

    Shoot the terrorists!!!!!

  • Margaret Cox - 2014-09-23 11:27

    "lawlessness would not be tolerated"? So how would you describe 1000 protesters and burning buildings FFS?

      Fred Roberts - 2014-09-24 10:13

      Once the fire has burnt out - build a fence around the chared remains as a monument of the ANC as to their heritage and what they have achieved. I'm afraid the Rainbow of the Nation is made up of shades of grey to black and depicts the rest of Africa.

  • Jp van der Wath - 2014-09-23 11:32

    Each and every strike is costing the tax payer money, not the government, they get the money for free and spend it as if they worked for it

  • Cindy Van Aswegen - 2014-09-23 11:34

    Why must they always burn everything down? why must they always carry on like hooligans... they voted for the ANC so they shouldnt complain about anything...FFS!!

  • Martin Pienaar - 2014-09-23 11:35

    Why don't you just vote them into power again come municipal elections then you can burn it down again.

      Kamohelo Moshodi - 2014-09-23 11:48

      Mr Martin who said zanc is winning elections recently they rigg them like nobody'business so they don't care hw mac we complaint they jst rigg the elections

  • Patrick Massey-Hicks - 2014-09-23 11:37

    Vote anc. Complain about ANC. Get food parcel from ANC, vote ANC, complain about ANC.....goes on and on

  • Janine Filmer - 2014-09-23 11:39

    How shameful - it looks like a beautiful, old building too.

  • Kamohelo Moshodi - 2014-09-23 11:39

    Hhahahahah that's what you voted. For protest all the time,zanc(protest,corrupt party)so you reaping what you sow.

  • Vikram Moodley - 2014-09-23 11:42

    Burn today, vote ANC tomorrow. you protestors just wont get it.

  • CliveK - 2014-09-23 11:43

    "Lawlessness will not be tolerated". Unfortunately it is not only tolerated but is encouraged by certain ANC "leaders". Anyone arrested? I bet not.

  • Naas Du Plessis - 2014-09-23 11:44

    This is the way the majority wants sa. Burned down to nothing.

  • Bernd Kankowski - 2014-09-23 11:47

    I can't wait to hear what will come out of old compost kings mouth, ie Mantashe. He will blame someone else again for this act of hooliganism. Always someone else and never the ANC's brainless brain trust. They are probably getting ready for braai day tomorrow and need lots of fire. Don't be stupid, burn the council officials houses. They are responsible for the non delivery.

  • Deon Louw - 2014-09-23 11:49

    How many arrests?

  • Eric de Jager - 2014-09-23 11:49

    There goes all my childhood memories of reading books in the Kirkwood Library up in smoke... thank you hooligans... Let's fight fire with fire... Brand Suid-Afrika

  • Sitch Nkululeko N - 2014-09-23 11:50

    lol...Destroy, destroy and destroy people...go an a frenzy and destroy sommer the power stations. Just know that those people working their will now officially get paid to do nothing and sit at home and receive their salaries while you all are left with no services...Try an alternative like burning the counsellor or Meyers property alight! Just a thought

      Anthony Verwey - 2014-09-23 13:11

      Even better still, they should use the democracy that they were given and VOTE for someone else and avoid the whole debacle from the beginning. They should only be angry at themselves for abandoning logic at the polls. You have to be a special kind of idiot to vote the same way for 20 years, and expect a different outcome.

  • Tric - 2014-09-23 11:52

    SA is ungovernable

  • Riëtte Nöthling - 2014-09-23 11:53

    Do explain to me how it makes sense to burn down a municipality and a school during a service protest strike? Again, they only want now, not thinking of the long term repercussions of their actions. You burn down, it costs money to rebuild, tax payers pay more causing more poverty... They don't want better lives, leave them to live in their squalor, this is what they voted for!

  • Phalo Yem Yem Togu - 2014-09-23 11:53


  • TX - 2014-09-23 11:55

    So tired of this black South Africans of when they don't get something go "how about we burn down the city (sic).

      Jonathan Woods - 2014-09-23 15:19

      And Sandy says a great deal about just how difficult a tast it is to ever even imagine unity and racial harmony in this country. Just too many double standards.

  • Abdul Hamied Ismail - 2014-09-23 11:56

    Well done to government

  • Brendan Martin Wallace - 2014-09-23 11:58

    Well there is no municipality to worry about now and there should be service delivery problems!

  • Swaran Singh - 2014-09-23 11:59

    Would if not make sense to vote for another party. I'm sure this municipality had these problems before elections. So burn it and more taxpayer's pay for the repairs when rates go up

  • Marco Scholtz - 2014-09-23 12:03

    These buffoons vote buffoons into power, and then destroy their own town because of a lack of service delivery from the those they voted for...again. RIP logic.

      Tseky Lovelace - 2014-09-23 12:06

      You can call them names but the fact will remain it the names that u call them wil never attach to them, get over it white buffoons will neverrule this country ever again.

      Anthony Verwey - 2014-09-23 13:16

      Tseky, if there was a black party that could deliver services and good governance, I would gladly vote for them. White people don't care what colour the government is, as long as they SERVE ALL citizens of this country. I suggest you seek help for your issues with race.

  • Bradly Minnaar - 2014-09-23 12:04

    Mmmmmh welldone protesters. This really shows just how intelligent you are.

  • Whiz Bang - 2014-09-23 12:05

    Looks like Anthony the Knobheads compatriots are on the rampage again !!!! Maybe this is also the DA NATs fault as well ??????

  • Greg Bremner - 2014-09-23 12:06

    The government and police cannot control the violent protesters anymore than they can control the theft of tax payers money.

  • The Illuminated One - 2014-09-23 12:06

    [ter-uh-riz-uh m] noun 1. the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes. 2. the state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorization. 3. a terroristic method of governing or of resisting a government. CAN SOMEONE EXPLAIN TO ME WHY "WE" STILL REFER TO "THEM" AS STRIKERS? They are by definition Terrorists !!!!!! (AND OUR MEDIA SHOULD REFER TO THEM AS THAT)

  • Timothy Tanzer - 2014-09-23 12:07

    LOL... they vote for ANC and then get screwed and then burn stuff. Do they think by burning their own resources the government is going to care?? It is like the apartheid plan...however these clowns... it is your stuff now... change your strategy... government doesnt care if you set stuff on fire.

  • Danie Venter - 2014-09-23 12:07

    But they voted for them??? How the hell do these people think??? O wait, the don't, nevermind.

  • Jimbo Slim - 2014-09-23 12:08

    They've got a very strange definition of "under control".

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2014-09-23 12:11

    They like being unhappy, that is why they keep voting for the ANC so they can stay unhappy.

  • Zahir - 2014-09-23 12:15

    The native tribes are restless next stop will be parlamient then nkandla

  • Martin van der Merwe - 2014-09-23 12:19

    This is what any decent well educated person will do that have morals, burn the place down………..or not!!!!!!!!!

  • The Illuminated One - 2014-09-23 12:21

    The facts are that the ANC led Government has destroyed the positive outlook the entire country had in 1994. They have ruined the future of the youth through lack of education, job security etc. The South Africa that Nelson Mandela dreamed of while serving on Robin Island is gone. The South Africa we all hoped for shall never be. The country is run by an elite criminal few who wants nothing more than to enrich themselves, their families and the families of their families.. They DO NOT care about the poor who have voted them into office, they do not care about indians, whites, blacks etc- they only care about themselves. South Africa will be destroyed, in order for the Chinese to literally buy the country for next to nothing.

  • James Williams - 2014-09-23 12:24

    Sick of this crap. The so called middle class paying taxes, etolls, rates, water, keeping domestic workers afloat and sponsoring their kid's education. Keeping car guards going and also dishing out cash at every second robot. And these frikken morons dare do this - such a slap in the face of those trying so frikken hard to make this country work.

  • Pierre Jacobs - 2014-09-23 12:25

    maybe these criminals need to all be forced to see Voetspore on SABC 2 on Sundays to see how people live in the DRC today. 100 years behind the civilisation they have in RSA at the moment. Too much sense of entitlement. Too much, "The government, whites and everyone owes me". Guaranteed, none of this hooligans paid one cent tax in the past year.

  • Weldon Broughton - 2014-09-23 12:26


  • Bennie Smith Snr - 2014-09-23 12:27

    And will that help anybody?

      Abra Dhlamini - 2014-09-23 13:40

      Who cares really! Because they don't help anybody too! Municipality,

  • TX - 2014-09-23 12:27

    Let's burn the whole town whilst we at it and complain after that we don't have facilities (sic).

  • Joe Maritz - 2014-09-23 12:35

    South Africa - Anarchy Nation. 60% voted for our government, 60% are unhappy. Something is wrong!

  • Dan Butler - 2014-09-23 12:36

    Who are these idiots!! Who did they vote for?? Are they not getting what they voted for? What a waste of resources. South Africa is burning and zooomer and one of his wives flies off to the USA to waste more of our money!!

  • Vimbai Mogale - 2014-09-23 12:39

    Can't help but wonder if those protesters voted for ANC

  • Julio Sanfona - 2014-09-23 12:42

    Ag what's the fuss all about, it's just another day in S.A.

  • bruce.zunckel - 2014-09-23 12:43