N2 protesters throw petrol bombs at cops

2012-08-10 10:21

Cape Town - A protest by about 500 people on the N2 near Cape Town International Airport turned violent on Friday morning, with protesters attacking police officers with petrol bombs.

The N2 highway remains closed between the Mew Way and Duinefontein offramps in the interests of public safety.

"The protest action became volatile at 09:15 when the demonstrators flung petrol bombs at police officers," said City of Cape Town Disaster Risk Management Centre's Wilfred Solomons-Johannes.

Police and City law enforcement officials retaliated, with protesters retreating into nearby settlements.

An Eyewitness News vehicle was stoned by protesters in Gugulethu, but journalists were unharmed, he added.

A large police and metro police contingent has been deployed to the area.

No arrests have been made at this stage.

The highway is due to reopen shortly. Motorists wanting to get to the airport from Somerset West can use the R300 link onto Stellenbosch arterial. If coming from the city, motorists can use the Modderdam offramp to access Borchards Quarry.

- Are you there or are you affected? Send us your eyewitness accounts and photos.

  • christopher.saint.3386 - 2012-08-10 10:25

    ancyl retards again..

      boffin.bobreturns - 2012-08-10 10:41

      Scum !

      Janice - 2012-08-10 10:52


      arnais.port - 2012-08-10 10:53

      How poor and down and out can you be if you are using petrol in this way? Expensive stuff that!

      ettienne.pel - 2012-08-10 11:01

      I must agree with Leonardb1. We are 18 years into democracy, and still they go on about racismn etc. Yes, service delivery may not be what they expect, but do they expect to have everything for mahala? Secondly, throwing petrol bombs at law enforcemnet is clear indication they have absolutely NO RESPECT for the law, let alone lives. Here they are endangering the lives of the Law Enforcement Officials and it would be the same as pointing a firearm. Shot to kill if this is their attitude, but shoot the one hurling the bomb.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-08-10 11:08

      ANC is trying to provoke a violent response so it can blame the DA. All smoke and mirrors. Jail the ANCYL and peace will return.

      klippies.coke.7 - 2012-08-10 11:09

      Send in the army! I thought they were mobilised for the gangs anyway. Let them get some practice in.

      grant.callaway.50 - 2012-08-10 11:10

      In the words of Eric Cartman: "I'm just as poor and stupid as youuu"

      press.enter.12 - 2012-08-10 11:35

      C'mon guys dont be stupid about this - the ANCYL clearly wants the Police to use live ammunition on the protesters - to furthher their "cause" - the poor suckers out there are being used as nothing but cannon fodder . . . . .

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-10 15:34

      If they don't take their demonstration/protest to the people who made the empty promises in the first place, then as far as I'm concerned it's just plain civil disorder and they should be shot if anything bigger than a very small stone is used. The first brick / petrol bomb should justify live ammo. Why the hell must the N2 be used as the 'stage' for these protests anyway? It's not the motorists on the N2 that made the false promises to these people.

      vuyani.frans - 2012-08-10 17:12

      With all due respect now you are politicising this issue whereas it is noy politicaly and I see all these people who are commenting most of them are whites who doesn't have intrest in black people hence you are saying these people who must be dhort with live ammunition, bt when Malema or Ancyl sings 'Dubuli Ibhulu' Shoot the boere you are crying and you run to courts 4 the song to be bannish now you don't see anything wrong in what you saying here actualy no 1 has condem that repeated statement of police must use live ammunation but you don't care because you know that these protesters are black people and you don't give a dam what can happen to them because you whites are living a high and middle class so you and your mother Helen Zille doest care about us black people.

      rupesh.hari.7 - 2012-08-10 17:18

      If the polices' lives are in danger when the police is their safe guard both the protestors and others and when the police did not provoke this, the police must shoot to kill. It will save more lives that way. I am not for killing but if it will save innocent lives, especially of those who themselves in danger and harm everday for us, they must shoot the perpetrators.

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-08-10 17:24

      @vuyani if our white mother doesn't care for blacks does that mean your black father doesn't care for us whites? Just a thought. it's a 2 way affair my friend grow up .

      vuyani.frans - 2012-08-10 18:09

      @Rendomhero yes he does because each and every year he gives money to western cape but our mother here she spend lot of money in high and middle Class.where do you live here in cape town?

  • kevin.pitzer - 2012-08-10 10:29

    Absolute madness...will it ever improve ?

  • janpaul.roux - 2012-08-10 10:35

    you only have anounce live ammunition will be used from now on.. see how they protest them

  • erich.goosen - 2012-08-10 10:46

    You can't control these thugs only with water cannons, Minister of Police. Reconsider your views, these hooligans are killers.

      izak.burger.3 - 2012-08-10 11:12

      Oh come on.. of course you can! If we had enough water canons that is. Nothing takes the fight out of you than being repeatedly drenched in cold water.

  • grant.joubert.1 - 2012-08-10 10:47

    No surprise time they may mature, for our countries sake let's hope so.

  • jason.sole.92 - 2012-08-10 10:55

    petrol supplied by ANC

      press.enter.12 - 2012-08-10 11:17

      And clearly pre-meditated . . . . . Wonder how the (national)Police is progressing with the case Zille and De Lille brought against ANCYL about ungovernability . . . . . . .

  • gwendolyne.dalgleish - 2012-08-10 10:56

    I only wanna know if this will affect the public transport again...

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-08-10 10:59

    Ooo yes! These empty-skulled retards deserve live bullets not the so called water canons.

  • chris.edgar.967 - 2012-08-10 11:01

    I pray for peace for my beloved country!

  • bobo.jane.1 - 2012-08-10 11:02

    Suddenly these liberal idiots commenting about these poor people and how the must suffer under the DA is gone with the wind ...The ANCYL openly started this and with the support of the ANC.. They are the septic tank of SA and should be cleansed once and for all.

  • darryl.maze1 - 2012-08-10 11:05

    They are poor and using petrol bombs??Use brute force now. Forget about water cannons. Use your rubber bullets and tear gas. If they wanna act like hooligans then they must be treated like hooligans

  • Johan De Beer - 2012-08-10 11:06

    This was pre meditated. It did not "turn" violent. People had to bring the petrol bombs to the scene in the first place. Those bombs were going to be thrown no matter what.

      gerry.gee.39 - 2012-08-10 11:36

      Certainly organised. A group of cretins doesn't suddenly get together at 4AM, and decide to cause havoc on N2, then move to the CT Airport to carry on. Someone is guiding this lot.

  • sarel.j.cilliers.9 - 2012-08-10 11:06

    We say "use live ammunition". But thats what the police did in times of Apartheid when things got bad and police/public lives got endangered. I am all for using live ammunition, but it begs the question, if someone gets killed, will the protesters suddenly become heroes? - Note: Yes I used the A-word and No I am not trying to stand up for Apartheid, I am just pointing out what happened in the past.

  • reveng21 - 2012-08-10 11:10

    Okay so lets hear from the guys that were defending this protest... These protesters are now criminals! They have placed not only theirs but the lives of police officers in danger... This has nothing to do with education, service delivery or whatever excuse you can come up with, this is nothing but criminals causing chaos! Where are you now

  • ben.louw.5 - 2012-08-10 11:11

    ANCYL... ai ai ai. Rather burn stuff down than to create.. With that kind of "logic" I have bad news for them.

  • mduduzi.nkosi.311 - 2012-08-10 11:16

    so i take it we back in time.....1984 aaagain?

      press.enter.12 - 2012-08-10 11:22

      Apparently that is where the ANCYL wants this country to be . . . .

      mduduzi.nkosi.311 - 2012-08-10 11:25

      Press.enter.12 - they are just a buch of idiots doing a spactacular job in being num-nts! can it be disbanded or sumn???

  • sisie.indola - 2012-08-10 11:18

    Throwing petrol bombs at law enforcement officers is an act of terror, therefore these people should be regarded as such and imprisoned as terrorists as well, this is treason.

      gerry.gee.39 - 2012-08-10 11:30

      \Protesters\???? RIOTERS!!!! This is a riot and should be treated as such. It shows planning and co-ordination. The ones behind it should be prosecuted as terrorists, with attempted murder charges against those caught throwing petrol bombs. We all know who is behind this...

  • Vince.York - 2012-08-10 11:19

    anc have lost all self respect!

      mduduzi.nkosi.311 - 2012-08-10 11:27

      i`m sure even Mandela and the other great leaders dead or alive from the past are really disapointed n others turning in their graves.

      vuyani.frans - 2012-08-10 15:39

      I don't agree with you,why is this an Anc issue where as it is the poor service dilivery that DA lead city of cape town is dilivering to the black people in particular, those people have gone legally ways they have never got any attention from MEC Of housing and Helen Zille they are exposing Helen Zille 2day 4 what she represent here in the Western Cape especialy in our areas I'm fully behind those demostrates the is no other way to get an attention beside taking it to the streets the world will see that we live a lie in Cape Town.

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-08-10 16:51

      @vuyani.frans: So the next time my garbage is not removed, the power goes out, the water goes off or I hit a pothole I will throw you and your car with rocks and the a petrol bomb or two. P.S. The water just went off....

      Vince.York - 2012-08-10 21:57

      Vuyani - go travel a lot more and see from just around African countries far poorer than you have ever come across - how narrow and bitterly small minded these specific blatantly orchestrated activities are!!! No one is fooled. The "ANC rot at the top" have publicly declared their treasonous determination to destroy a functioning part of our nation and subvert the opposition which incidentally now comprises "nearly half of South Africa". THE WORLD IS NOT BLIND NOR FOOLED and sees you all clearly for what you are. Change for the better must come from within each of the people trapped in these conditions themselves first. Until they are able to ensure they are no longer content to continue getting drugged and drunk and fornicate lasciviously like their leaders, but rather clean up and plant, and make a pleasant environment and apply conducive community & family values that is appealing to others, they will never achieve anything. TRY BUILDING UP, instead of BREAKING DOWN. A frcation of the ploted R2Bill zumaville would have sorted out many of these frustrations BUT YOUR LEADER PREFERS TO BE THE MAGNANIMOUS MEGALOMANIAC and forget the existing backlog of promises he made to you all. Go take HIM by the scruff of the neck and burn him out of office BEFORE December. THAT is where your problems arise.

  • steveroodt - 2012-08-10 11:25

    At over R10.00 L what a waste

  • Psy4genic.Mgcwaba - 2012-08-10 11:26

    This is not a service delivery protes, its morethan that...Theres going to be denials all round but I smell a big black, green and gold rat here! Its sad that the poor people of South Africa r used for political gains that they wont benefit from.

      gavin.lott.9 - 2012-08-11 10:12


  • njabulo.jama.5 - 2012-08-10 11:40

    People need to understand that these things have nothing to do with political affiliations. People are looking for handouts cos they've been told that, that's what Gov is meant to do. DA or ANC or whatever party you choose, they all looking for handouts, simply because most made f'd up decisions growing up like quiting skul. In every province ppl r on support grants (taxpayers money), and when freebies stop coming, they take to the streets. Our Gov jst nids to take a strong stance and educate ppl to be educated so as to not burden taxpayers. Its always those who don't pay tax who take to the streets. In any case on a rampage and then going home to face the same thing u rampaging against is not smart. They need a Plan B

  • Billy - 2012-08-10 11:40

    who goes to protest with petrol bombs??! and then throws stones at a media vehicle. it can only be the ancyl.

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-08-10 11:41

    An interesting mental construct in this article. First the mob is called 'protesters'. Then they beome 'demonstrators'. But there is absolutely no mention of what they are protesting about or demonstrating support for. Maybe readers can guess, but maybe not! So lets call a spade 'a spade'...they are 'a violent lawbreaking nmob'. Democracy has given (in fact and principle) everyone the space to be heard, and that is a very precious right. Individuals and groups that cross the boudary from wanting to be heard into violence and mob actions should be treated as criminals and leaders who incite such actions should be held accountable to the maximum possible. Otherwise democracy will be suffocated.

  • Rebecca - 2012-08-10 15:26

    sounds like the louts from ANCYL causing chaos for no good reason yet again.

  • emile.vanrayner.7 - 2012-08-10 15:44

    service delivery is not the police's responsibility, why not throw your expensive petrol at govt officials instead? officials are also far less likely to shoot you... i dont get people sometimes. im actually bored of protests now. its become such an everyday thing.

  • vuyani.frans - 2012-08-10 16:09

    People this is not the Anc/Ancyl protest this is the service dilivery protest and I'm fully behind these people who are protesting they are Showing the world the lies that we are living here in Cape Town I'm near were is this all happening and I've been obseving the whole situation and these people who are replying negatively here most of them are white people who are not experiencing the problems that we are facing daily,these people who are protesting 2day have gone all legally routes non of the City of cape town offials including The Premier her self did nothing interven what she knows is Twitter she excellent in commenting in replying in Twitter instead of going to the people and address them.

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-08-10 16:45

      Tell me how much does petrol cost? If they are so poor how can they afford to waist something so expensive... unless.... they are being supplied. Now who would supply a mob like that with weapons they can’t afford an to what end? Shouldn’t take you to long to figure that one out.

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-08-10 16:47

      P.S. I hear the sun always shines in GP. Tender all over the place. Why don't you help your boys move there if it is so bad in the Cape?

      danita.renecle - 2012-08-10 17:41

      Vuyani.frans please Google "In defence of her govt Helen Zille" read the speech in 2010. You will see that HZ requested that central govt refused to give her Wingfield and Youngsfield which is not used and has water, sewage, electricity infrastructure on which to build RDP houses. Also above flood line. She wanted land from Transnet along railway line and they wanted to sell it to the Province for R2 billion. Gov land! One billion is a thousand million. ......Her frustration with so much red tape . This woman is on the side of the poor please believe me

      vuyani.frans - 2012-08-10 18:21

      @danita I won't say that is not true but you must also rememer ever Since HZ became in power here in Western Cape lot of gov land were sold and those lands are now private and most of the bugdte of 2010 went to high and middle class and she shows us that sea walls are better than us because lot of billions went on sea walls instead of building houses that are in demand.

      vuyani.frans - 2012-08-10 18:26

      @Koos man let me not comment on you because you must have hecters of land in Stellenboch so you and you boers doesn't know anything about poverty so please if you don't have something else to say just keep quiete because you a small boy.

      Vince.York - 2012-08-12 11:06

      @danita is quite correct! The racist ANC & related ARE DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE for all this due to their concerted effort to undermine and destabilize a huge sector of the country, via so many actions and policy's that they have implemented and are plotting behind closed doors currently. They have no intention of allowing the Western Cape to get sorted in a progressive helpful productive way. They are only intent on the utter destruction of the opposition via their HATE narrow mindedness. The world watches in HORROR. The racist ANC should in fact be flushed away via a strong stream of cold water, and a fresh start allowed for young South African's to make productive meaningful lives for themselves & theirs' again. Like buckets of cess bused in from other areas, should also be cleaned out before infection occurs and not allowed to swell the ulcerous abscess! The ANC YL never complain about the heinous crime of xenophobia that they exert against refugees across SA, so they also should not complain about the bused in refugees that they are causal for from other provinces destroyed by the anc itself.

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-08-10 18:26

    Society has produced a monster, one that does not understand the concept of cause and effect. Consider what happens in the big world when: You break the law: you get punished. You did not have a good education: you have to work harder to get to the same place. You didn't take advantage of the education you had: You have to work harder to get to the same place. You are too lazy to work harder: you break the law. You break the law: You get punished. Apologies to people who are of poor health not of their own making.

  • John - 2012-08-10 20:06

    When the corporate policy enforcers called POLICE do not maintain the PEACE but throw high speed missiles at the people it is not surprising that the PEOPLE retaliate in a like manner. POLICY ENFORCERS BEWARE. Peace officers will get the support of the PEOPLE.

  • John - 2012-08-10 20:07

    When the corporate policy enforcers called POLICE do not maintain the PEACE but throw high speed missiles at the people it is not surprising that the PEOPLE retaliate in a like manner. POLICY ENFORCERS BEWARE. Peace officers will get the support of the PEOPLE.

  • TawwaTienie - 2012-08-10 21:44

    The youth are playing Dangerous games. Where are the parents? Are they white, black or anything else?

  • The-Azanian - 2012-08-11 07:24

    Its amazing...come 2014 both DA and ANC become township/ghetto friendly after that its table view/sandton/waterkloof service only. Makes me sick

  • Patieluv - 2012-08-11 09:54

    Unemployed people are becoming a real problem. South Africans must realize that these violent protests are harming their cause. They are starting to become an annoyance. Destroying buses and robots which are there to help them. If they would put that much effort in finding employment, their lives would be better

  • Patieluv - 2012-08-11 09:55

    Unemployed people are becoming a real problem. South Africans must realize that these violent protests are harming their cause. They are starting to become an annoyance. Destroying buses and robots which are there to help them. If they would put that much effort in finding employment, their lives would be better

      thebe.tau - 2012-08-12 10:31

      Why are they now an annoyance, Is it because they are protesting against a party that you like.

  • ron.warwick.79 - 2012-08-12 10:19

    I say if the police are being attacked with objects that can kill or seroisly injure them, then they should be able to use live rounds in self defence.

  • Deon de Waal - 2013-05-21 08:07

    When are the rights of the earning, tax paying public going to be protected? Stronger force has to be deployed to quell the violence that persists. By all means protest against whatever you want, but keep it away from those who want to work. Enough playing games with idiots. Let's protect those who want to work. Those who generate the taxes to pay for all the demands. And then deduct the cleanup costs from those funds that were being channeled for the upgrading/ increases.

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