N2 closed after Grabouw protest

2012-03-19 07:19

Cape Town - The N2 highway near Grabouw in the Western Cape was closed on Monday morning following community unrest in the area, police said.

A protesting crowd also set fire to two classrooms at Groenberg High School in the town, smashed windows and ransacked a storeroom, police spokesperson Captain Frederick van Wyk said.

An SABC crew was pelted with stones while broadcasting from the scene for the morning radio news and there were reports of cars being stoned, police said.


"The situation is very tense," he said.

Van Wyk said police were trying to establish what had sparked the unrest, which apparently spilled onto the highway during the night, resulting in the road closure.

Police were still at the scene on Monday morning.

"The Slangpark informal settlement borders the N2 highway and people from this community and the nearby Chotzoben informal settlement, on the Old Cape Road, are protesting."

Van Wyk said police were trying to find the leaders behind the unrest to determine their grievances.

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  • Koos - 2012-03-19 07:30

    If you don't pay for it, burn it.

      Janice - 2012-03-19 07:32

      Exactly!!! Just shows the mentality!

  • Getafix - 2012-03-19 07:31

    These ANC Rioters must climb on the busses they in on, and go back to where they came from. Hooligans.

      Itumeleng - 2012-03-19 08:46

      why is it when these protests happening in ANC led regions the blame is on the ANC and its failure to deliver but when it happens in Cape Town which is led by the Democratic Alliance people blame the protesters and not the political party running that region? Double standards i must say.

      Hannes - 2012-03-19 08:51

      Getafix, I cannot agree more and Bennie, "certain people" are Africans and Africans only.

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-03-19 08:53

      because the cause of grievance is unknown, so you tell why and wtf? we living in the 21 st century ffs!

  • Whispers4life - 2012-03-19 07:32

    Now thats what you call a start to a blue Monday!

      Jaco - 2012-03-19 09:08

      Yep, I got stuck coming from Hermanus to Cape Town, the trip around Hangklip and then stuck in CPT traffic cost me dearly. Blue Monday indeed. At least it is a beautiful road to get pushed through.

  • odupreez - 2012-03-19 07:35

    ANC tactics to destabilize.

      Andres - 2012-03-19 08:32

      There is definitely something afoot. I was suspicious last week after violent strikes in Khayelitsha, Villiersdorp and Langa, saying they're popping up too rapidly, without warning, very violently, with no clear demands or community organiser. After this latest one, I'm almost certain it is politically motivated. A "real" service delivery protest would have a community leader and have clear demands. Also, why are these strikes so close to one another spatially, all near the N2 corridor, south-east of Cape Town and western Overberg. Why no protests in the Swartland, the Boland, the Little Karoo? Seeems like a coordinated effort and I'm now increasingly convinced, it is politically orchestrated violence.

      Suzanne - 2012-03-19 09:13

      I believe that what you are saying, is true. Here in Grabouw, where I live, we are run by the Theewaterskloof Municipality. So is Villiersdorp. Incidentily, it is one of the very few ANC run municipalities in the Western Cape. Makes on wonder....

  • Trevor - 2012-03-19 07:35

    Old South Africa all over again....just change dates and you'd think we back in the 80's

  • Lacrimose - 2012-03-19 07:35

    Last week they rioted about over-crowding in the school so Provincial Edu. closed the school. This morning they are rioting to have the school re-opened. Next week they'll be rioting because there is no school left

      Janice - 2012-03-19 07:48

      True, riot because the school is too small, then burn down half of it???LOGIC?!?!???

  • Cindy - 2012-03-19 07:40

    Why the school (sad face), Groenberg where 90% of those protesters got their education from, is that how you repay your community ???? Breaking down what your parents and grandparents helped created and build, where your own children has to get their education from. Ask yourselves "what an example am I"...

      Carin - 2012-03-19 08:06

      Well said Cindy!

  • pws69 - 2012-03-19 07:43

    I just do not get the destruction. In a weeks time they will be protesting the lack of a school that THEY destroyed. WE have a long way to go.

  • Garth - 2012-03-19 07:45

    Typical useless, worthless anc destabilisation tactics. They used similar tactics during the 80's and 90''s to make the townships ungovernable - un-liveable is what they got in most cases, but what did they care? It is only peoples lives that they are messing up. The sooner the pus-filled boil that is the useless, worthless anc is lanced, the sooner South Africans can begin to heal this country. Come on black South Africa: DO NOT VOTE FOR THE USELESS, CRIMINAL, RACIST, WORTHLESS ANC!

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-03-19 08:46

      As long as you post your comments here, the ANC is guaranteed my vote

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-03-19 08:57

      weh weh come again please!

      Garth - 2012-03-19 09:37

      @paul - so my anti-anc stance is driving you to vote for the useless, worthless anc. Is that correct? Because I am against the senseless destruction, of property that is intended for the education of the future of SA, you will vote for the destructor? Did your mother drop you on your head or has the anc brainwashing done just that and washed the brain from your cranium? Do you really support lawlessness, violence against innocents and the senseless destruction of property in the name of destabilisation of an area? If you do then you make a fine example of an anc ignorant. Well done.

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-03-19 10:16

      Black people seem to be more important to you (specifically) when they are supposed to vote for your DA. Otherwise you call them names and I do not care what you call the ANC as I am not a member no supporter but calling blacks name when it suites.

      Garth - 2012-03-19 10:43

      paul.m.n, South Africa is important to me. Now, seeing that black people make up 90% of the population of South Africa, I suppose that would make them important to me. Seeing that the useless, worthless anc garnered 60% of the vote and it is predominantly black people that vote for this ineptocracy, yes, I suppose that would make them important to me. So, in order for this country and its people to be free of the useless, worthless anc, the black people of this country must wake up, get educated and NOT VOTE for the useless, worthless anc and that also makes them important to me. I did not state that they should vote for the soft-centred DA, just that they should not vote for corruption, criminality, racism and ineptitude. And what is this name-calling that you are on about?

  • Ilze - 2012-03-19 07:50

    what is SA coming to????drove from villiersdorp,through grabouw to get onto n2, just to hear that the road is closed and that i need to reroute!!is all this nonsens realy necesary???how do you get satisfaction out of it to hurt other people and destroiing there belongings that they worked for!!

  • John - 2012-03-19 07:53

    blame the farmers. they trucked they in every season for the harvest and only took half them back afterwards. they created their own problem.

      Grant - 2012-03-19 09:25

      Are the people who are unhappy with their living conditions too dof to get on a bus and go back to the EC?

  • Cathy - 2012-03-19 07:54

    I can't believe the mentality of you guys. Try for once to put yourselves in the shoes of others then you many have a bit of understanding. You have to be a part of the solution and right now u sound like supports of TB. Next time u drive your BMW by Grabouw and see all the workers stuffed into lorries as they go pick them apples you fed your kids just TRY and imagine the life led by most then MAYBE you may have a little compassion,respect and understanding to the plight of the MAJORITY in this country. You are shameful.

      Squeegee - 2012-03-19 08:06

      Cathy, the police could not even find someone to tell them what the grievances are. This is Juju and his followers trying to destabilize the WC.

      TBlogger - 2012-03-19 08:10

      i think its your mentality that needs to be checked.. I couldn't agree more with you that these individuals are struggling terribly just to survive and getting their kids a decent education is of utmost importance, but they don't get what they want so lets vandalize and destroy the very school we fighting for.. In some ways everybody is struggling, but you don't see the rest of us burning tyres, smashing windows or throwing stones at innocent people..

      Alex - 2012-03-19 08:13

      @ Cathy I would be thrilled to read your proposed solution (since you appear to want "to be a part of the solution") to the perpetual agricultural conundrum: three months of intense labour to pick "them apples" - then what? Or do you believe that the apples grow all year round and can be picked at leisure (as you do in the supermarket to feed your kids)?

      willybegood - 2012-03-19 08:17

      o please, spare me. Once you pick up a stone and hurl it a a fellow human being or strike a match to burn down something that you actually want, all my compassion and empathy flies out the window. My only concern is that the children are learning that this is the way to deal with frustration and unhappiness. Perhaps you should drive down their and help them with some of your compassion, respect and understanding. I freely help and give to communities who are destitute and try to uplift themselves whenever they are able to. Destruction and violence doesn't take us forward... it destroys the mind of out children, because that is what they learn. Lock them up. There actions are illegal. Finish and Klaar.

      Garth - 2012-03-19 08:26

      Cathy! Cathy, wake up! It is not the disadvantaged, nor the poor, nor the homeless, nor the starving! It is the useless, worthless anc destabilising the Western Cape! Get your bleeding-heart liberal head out of the sand and start educating your poor, your downtrodden, your hungry.

      Michael - 2012-03-19 08:41

      "...In some ways everybody is struggling..." @TBlogger struggling with life is a relative term. If you look at hierarchy of needs (AM) you would find that one billionaire struggles to afford an island whilst his/her counterparts do. It would sound stupid for him/her to burn tyres to get heart desires, but for a person at the bottom of hierarchy it may sound sensible to burn tyres to get basic needs. Don't get me wrong and think I support protest action - I am merely saying think outside the box when you post a comment like that.

      Grant - 2012-03-19 09:48

      Cathy, I would not have to pick the apples that your kids are eating but as sure as hell I would do if I was an uneducated ANC supporter trying to feed my family I would gladly do so.

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-03-19 14:43

      Cathy, how many apples you think they pick a day? and how many litres of petrol does the lorry use and how many people do they fit into that lorry maybe there are 2 lorries, maybe only one, maybe you have been seeing things, are the apples green or red? are they big or small, can they pick 2 or 3 with one hand at a time? Are you ok upstairs... ???

  • Andrew - 2012-03-19 08:03

    Typical. Move from the rural areas, demand everything for free and then set fie to what they have. No wondwer they attract so many names!

  • Phumi - 2012-03-19 08:05

    The Western Cape is burning whilst the madam is having rooibos and scones and looking the other way. People are tired of this puppet and sponsored regime by white monopoly capital. I still say that we should ignore the paranoia of Pres. De Klerk with regards to amending the constitution and go ahead and do it! There is no need for us to follow a three third majority principle in making a single public service department or reducing the number of provinces!

      Tony Lapson - 2012-03-19 08:18

      Wow, you spew up everything you have heard without any research. I bet you wouldn't be able to state the purpose of the constitution or anything that they which to change. Oh well, ignorance is bliss.

      Xavier7034 - 2012-03-19 08:43

      @Phumi - since you appear to have come from there, why don't you take an interest in fixing up things in YOUR neck of the woods....starting with Qunu.....the E.Cape is a prime example of your outdated communistic ideology.....poor people, profligate politicians......Winnie the Pooh hails from there....ask her.

      Itumeleng - 2012-03-19 08:49

      These people have double standards.

      Elize - 2012-03-19 08:58

      Actually Phumi, I (the madam) hasn't even had breakfast because between getting kids ready for school, dropping them at school, collecting my workers (madam has her own business) I am now starting to clean my own house as my poor previously disadvantaged maid got herself so drunk once again this weekend that she is (once again) not able to be at work today. Shame poor thing and tomorrow she will borrow money from madam cause shame she has no money left for the week for a taxi. But thanks for your advice this morning she is fired this madam can do her own work.

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-03-19 09:00

      and you keep repeating yourself!

      Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-03-19 09:08

      Touché Elize!! Problem is I think they think we can't do anything ourselves and that we can't live without them..

  • Martin - 2012-03-19 08:11

    why does it always have to be violence? Stop thinking about today and think a little about tomorrow - don't burn schools, hospitals and buses. your kinds will need them to go further in life. If you don't like something, burn it or stone a passing car!

  • damonsb - 2012-03-19 08:22

    it is always a good thing to protest ,but to protest with violence ,has never solved anything. Protest on your knees and ask the Lord for Peace in your heart. Amen

  • Hertzel - 2012-03-19 08:25 sad...there are nearby " model " schools that have been upgraded over the years with Community assistance etc ...yet it would be interesting to see how many locals make up this problematic school ...and for that reason , the reality is That ' Rome was not built in a year "....

  • Michael - 2012-03-19 08:30

    It's so interesting to find out that majority (90%+) is criticizing the protesters. Why? Is it because the protest is in Western Cape? I bet if this was in another province you would be blaming the government and stupid voters who keeps putting ANC in power despite failing them. Just show double strandards and demographics of News24 forum members! It's a fact, now you can start hitting the "thumbs-down" button to proof that I am right.

      Rob - 2012-03-19 08:52

      Michael : In other provinces it's normally ANC supporters that are protesting their lot via the same modus oparandi. This is just another ANC " rent a mob " hell bent on destabilising the WC.

      Duncan - 2012-03-19 08:54

      Because it is such a good idea to burn down a school when you are complaining about over crowding in the school, if in fact that is actually the reason behind the riots?

      michael.liebenberg - 2012-03-19 09:35

      Michael, show me where normal civilized people burn down schools and throw stones at innocent motorists. I bet you, if they damage your car, or one of your family members got injured, you would be up in arms.

      Michael - 2012-03-19 10:03

      Rob, Duncan & Michael.Liebenberg you really lost it. The point is DOUBLE STANDARD and NOT the action of rioting. If you confine your comments to that you will see the fact that I am highlighting.

      Garth - 2012-03-19 10:29

      @michael - Methinks the `double standards' are in your head. People will criticize violent protest, no matter where it occurs. Destruction of property as a means of protest is unforgivable, no matter where it occurs. Try reading objectively next time and not whilst wearing your anc blinkers. And `proof' read before you post . . .

  • Ian - 2012-03-19 08:36

    let me guess the babelus is too heavy and now they are dumunding, typical fatkid mentality, amazing that you never see these oxygen thieves rioting on weekends and public holidays, stuff the rubber bullets, use live ammo

  • Matthew - 2012-03-19 08:39 now they protest just because they've got nothing better to do? seriously now,rubber bullets and tear gas,straight away,because if this is the attitude of a bunch of people who are too stupid to think before they act,then fine,tough love it is.use the gas,shoot the bullets. whilst they lick their wounds they can think about what they've done =/

  • Norval - 2012-03-19 08:41

    Where is my right to use a national rd, or go to work? Take your issue up with the relevant goverment. Police must act quickly against these barbarians!

  • murphyryanc - 2012-03-19 08:58

    What a bunch of stupid people! Why burn down the school?

  • vmeiring1 - 2012-03-19 08:59

    Anything to do with ANCYL?

      Duncan - 2012-03-19 09:08

      Looks like JuJu has found a new purpose with all his free time!

  • René - 2012-03-19 09:05

    @Pumi-the nature of your comment is associated with the apartheid era. Our Constitution was drawn up to ensure that South Africa never returns to where we were at three decades ago - irrespective the government of the day. Sure, all SA citizens have freedom of speech&freedom of association as per our Constitution and Bill of Rights - yet it seems like certain individuals chooses to ignore the rest of what is stated in our Constitution, in that those freedoms are only a right in so far they do not infringe on the rights and freedoms of another citizen. There's an upcoming by-election in the Grabouw area, which begs the question what exactly the rioters are protesting about? Nowhere in the media or while they are throwing stones has anything been made clear about the reason for protesting. It has become clear that a certain element is attempting to make the Western Cape ungovernable, as throwing stones instead of casting votes has become the norm to 'get one's way'...that is very sad as I'm sure Madiba is not in agreement with actions that diminishes the Constitution, for which he fought for with his life. Shame on you for disrespecting our Constitution with your comments, and shame on those rioters for using violence instead of the ballot boxes or a peaceful protest to highlight their grievances (which at this stage is still unclear..I won't be surprised if violence was used as means of political intimidation right before the by-election by the opposition in the WC..)

  • charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2012-03-19 09:16

    Why burn the schools? More tax payers money going to waste for stupidity! Who is to blame for this riot?

  • Francois - 2012-03-19 09:22

    i once played a game of cricket against that was an experience...

  • devakrou - 2012-03-19 09:25

    O.M.W it is really bad here in Grabouw.Protestors now wanting to burn down Groenberg secondary scholl.Its now blacks against coloureds where we are suppose t stand as one we are fighting against each other what has the world come to?

      Rob - 2012-03-19 09:38

      devakrou. Why are you supposed to stand as one & against who ?

      Elize - 2012-03-19 10:10

      Give those coloureds a bit of tik and some broken beer bottles and check those "protesters" run hehehehe!!!!

  • Niki - 2012-03-19 09:39

    Sounds like rabble without a cause to me...

      Garth - 2012-03-19 11:33

      Oh no, they have a cause all right - and they are organised too! Destabilization of the Western Cape by the ignorants of the useless, worthless anc.

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