Nyala petrol-bombed in Oukasi protest

2011-11-01 12:08

Brits - An armoured police vehicle was petrol bombed during a service delivery protest in Oukasi near Brits, North West police said on Tuesday.

Captain Aafje Botma said the vehicle, known as a Nyala, came under attack on Monday night.

It entered Oukasi to help control rioting when residents barricaded streets with rocks and burning tyres. They were demanding water and electricity.

Protesters threw a petrol bomb at the Nyala and it exploded, causing damage to the inside of the vehicle.

Police were not injured, Botma said.

She could not confirm reports that a shop was looted and burnt on Monday night.

"I have not received [a] report on a shop set alight, I do not know about it," she said.

Madibeng municipal spokesperson Patrick Morathi said a meeting between the municipality and residents to discuss their concerns would be held later on Tuesday.

"We do not know what they are protesting about," he said.

He said the municipality would only comment in detail after the meeting.

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  • Leon - 2011-11-01 12:17

    And the perpetrators got away with damaging state property and endangering the lives of police officers?

      Servaas - 2011-11-01 12:31

      IS it soooo difficult to protest civilized?? Why did the police get involved? Leave them, let them burn everything down in their township and make THEM fix it at THEIR OWN cost. They will think twice before protesting like hooligans next time.

      Poloyatonki - 2011-11-01 12:48

      Servaas.. I think they must move the protest to your neighborhood.

      Servaas - 2011-11-01 12:56

      ag poly. What happened to you, have not seen you in ages?

      Servaas - 2011-11-01 13:21

      Yes Poly, send them, will also wait for them with a water tanker and street wise 2 for their hard work LOL!

      Poloyatonki - 2011-11-01 14:16

      I was in Madagascar..

  • shane.jacoby - 2011-11-01 12:18

    Why help build a country if you can rather burn it down... Make's complete sense!

      Pierre - 2011-11-01 15:16

      The point is, they complain due to the fact that the country is not being build up by local government, ai what a shame you are so sort sighted. Makes complete sense that the country is in the state it is due to people like you. I wish they cut your water and electricity, dont fix the potholes leading to your home and work, Leave Refuse cause they are to busy with who knows what, then come back and spill your mounth, until then keep that Pie hole closed.

  • jonessierob - 2011-11-01 12:30


      Servaas - 2011-11-01 12:41

      Wise words..

      Shirley - 2011-11-01 13:34

      Which is it-not there fault or they should have known better???????? Do you have the slightest idea what your shouting about? Or are you still a little fuzzy from the smoke last night?

      Servaas - 2011-11-01 23:15

      @Shirly: WTF is wrong with you?

  • Serena - 2011-11-01 12:36

    " we do not know what they are ptesting about" They are protesting cause you and your buddies have stolen all the money and now you can't deliver basic services!!!!!!!!!!

      Vagav - 2011-11-01 12:41

      Personally I think they were protesting about the constant changes to Facebook's privacy settings.

  • Craig - 2011-11-01 12:38

    Their demands are valid! I believe every single person in this country deserves basic things like water and electricity. If the roles were reversed and instead of us commenting on this from our desks at work, and we didn't have running water and electricity, we would also be frustrated, and sick and tired of struggling!!

      aarchaic - 2011-11-01 13:12

      Fair enought but we wont destroy the little we do have!

      Renier - 2011-11-01 13:16

      But instead of burning everything I would be looking for a job, trying to get myself out of that situation. I was caught up in this nonsense in Tembisa on the 30th September. They destroy everything in order to show in their words "we are angry". That is a primitive attitude!!!!!

      Craig Galloway - 2011-11-01 13:17

      I think that shows their level of frustrations!! I know violence is never the answer, and it ain't the polices fault. So that is not right. We must ask ourselves, where is the governing body when protests like this take place? They should be forced to be there to explain why basic amenities are not available...

      Dumisani - 2011-11-01 13:30

      Key point, you`re commenting from your desk at work. You pay for electricity and water, that`s the difference, and that`s the only reason you have water and electricity.

      Mike - 2011-11-01 23:36

      In fairness to what Craig said you must go back another step, you probably have a job so you can pay for your electricity, they don't. This country seems about to implode, land invasions have begun, Zuma just took a dump on the constitution, we have some angry unemployed people out there. 51% of the youth are unemployed. These are not good times and a large portion of political discourse revolves around blaming and the creation of scapegoats.

  • Pit - 2011-11-01 12:44

    The same behavior can be seen with most protests, even those (Sharpeville etc.) in the apartheid era. Police's safety is being threatened and gunfire is justified.

  • Neill - 2011-11-01 12:46

    And if the police retaliate, then it is police brutality!

  • Wes - 2011-11-01 12:52

    Madibeng municipal spokesperson Patrick Morathi said a meeting between the municipality and residents to discuss their concerns would be held later on Tuesday. "We do not know what they are protesting about," he said....... Well Well Well it just could be about municipality's misuse of funds, corruption, self enrichment, stealing, empty promises not caring for the people, using up all the money for useless projects and so on and so on

  • luanne.beaumont1 - 2011-11-01 12:57

    Before you say anything , maybe you should look at the idiot they put in the municipality, she is a disgrace to all and it is her fault that Oukasie is up in arms, she should get off her ass and stop spending our hard earned money and do something about the bribery and corruption in her municipality and give the service her people deserve .

      Thabiso - 2011-11-01 13:18

      Now here is someone who has experienced Madibeng Municipality bad reputation first hand. For the spokesperson to even say s/he doesn't know what the protests in Oukasie are about is an insult to the protestors. Might as well tell the people to put a sock in it. Money is embezzled while it is stil filtering down, by the time it reaches the municipality, there is nothing left and those who recieve it, pocket it also. S/he knows this.

      Roberta - 2011-11-01 13:20

      She's probably involved in the looting of municipal funds, as most of the "comrades" are!

      Bokfan - 2011-11-01 13:26

      But the voting pattern continues.

  • Pierre - 2011-11-01 14:44

    I can only laugh at people who complain about these protests, you sit on the one hand complaining about Goverment's service delivery, then if the people take there anger/requests to the streets as Madibeng refuses to Deal/Listen/Negotiate/Act on residents complaints then you wan to put these people to the Sword, rather than Supporting them. Wake up and smell the coffee, majority of you complain in most posts about Goverment and how tired everybody is about the situation in the country, but then if people complain you complain about the complainers, Get a Life, Start looking further than your own nose, as soon as people unite together the sooner all thios will be sorted.

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