One killed in Limpopo protest

2012-08-31 15:46

Polokwane - A protester was shot dead on Friday in a service delivery protest in Tafelkop near Groblersdal, Limpopo police said.

Local residents barricaded roads, stopping workers and pupils from leaving the area, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said.

"A taxi ferrying passengers was stopped by the protesters, who surrounded the vehicle. The driver panicked, pulled a gun and fired at the protesters, hitting one of them," he said.

The driver drove off with the passengers still inside. The wounded protester was taken to hospital and died later.

Police were searching for the taxi driver.

"At the moment, the situation is still tense and police are maintaining their presence in the area."

  • hudayfah.newman - 2012-08-31 15:53

    You can't blame the man. With these protesters you never know. I would do the same probably.

      shudusO - 2012-08-31 16:20

      unless people protect themselves no one will...maybe protesters need to start protesting peacefully.

      hermann.hanekom - 2012-08-31 16:36

      Good for the taxi driver - rot must be exterminated in the interest of the country.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-31 16:39

      Yes - I would do the same if at any point I felt my life was threatened.

      Willie - 2012-08-31 17:20

      SA right now is LEADERLESS.All this protests is the lack of ANC to deal with corruption in it's midst.Even respected members of this organisation are starting to loose respect from members of the public because they are silent on this issue of corruption.Well the ANC takes collective responsibility no one is accountable. The movement is operating like a missile that has missed a target is now on SELF DESTRUCTION MODE.ANC right now needs bolt leaders who can confront this practice(corruption)head on.A true leader will impliment good unpopular decisions to correct wrong doings IN OUR SOCIETY.Corruption is on the rampage in this country.Let us be open coruption is from the members of the ruling party.For how long are we going to be subjected to this protest.I hope the elective conference Mangaung is not going to give SA another questionable leader with a bag full of unfinished stories. Take a moment and ponder on this: Education in Eastern Cape Non delivery of books in Limpopo No schooling in Northern Cape and this are not "high frequency politics" it is about the future of this country.Are we happy to produce a nation of dull people i doubt.This current administration has failed in many fronts,international affairs,health,police,simple issues like fixing pot holes. The president announced youth subsidy, never implimented because Cosatu says NO. WHO EXACTLY IS RULING THIS COUNTRY

      mukosit - 2012-08-31 17:30

      Again?Who let the dogs out these time?

  • Tebogo Matlatle - 2012-08-31 15:57

    a bus driver was killed in CT during a protest....i dnt really blame the taxi driver

  • jackie.stone.501 - 2012-08-31 16:19

    There you go guys, a valuable information for all of you. No more wondering why those driver don't care about other road users, they drive around with illegal guns in their taxis.

  • lerato.motshana - 2012-08-31 16:20

    tjo, this is the place i grew up and i still call home, it is so sad to see it being exposed in the papers like this, i'm scared for my family, friends and fellow community members, i know the guy who got shot, guys please please protest safely, i know your grievances have merit but they are not more than life, lets respect the value of life. This does not look like the community i grew up in, though the taxi driver was scared and all, i understand to some degree but lets respect life please. Tjo yah neh.

  • riedwaan.jefferies - 2012-08-31 16:23

    Why ain't the ANCYL marching to the office of Limpopo's Premier and trying to make Limpopo ungovernable? Why target Cape Town, the city with the cleanest financial audit and proven track record of service delivery?

      glen.e.huysamer - 2012-08-31 17:04

      Please stop advertising the fact that the DA run Southern City is getting the act together.... we are already taking enormous strain with an influx of various types of refugees... slowly now...

  • tshivhombelaf - 2012-08-31 16:41

    If protesters want to be safe, they must respect the rights of other civilians and law enforcement agencies.

  • boltonbarry - 2012-08-31 16:43

    Blame it on the bunny

  • bernardandrew.ndlovu - 2012-08-31 17:34

    Protesters are not reliable,guys if you protest stop bothering inoccent citizens and just go straight to relavant peolpe who is suppose to solve your problems, stop harassing everyone you come across.

  • tony.ezendam - 2012-08-31 18:00

    Taxi driver? Give that man a bells.

  • hendrick.mokwale - 2012-08-31 18:01

    Wht da f's goin on?

  • irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-08-31 19:14

    Well done SAPS!

  • pule.s.vic - 2012-08-31 20:36

    I couldn't see my girlfriend today coz of this

  • seun.mogotji - 2012-09-01 15:23

    One young man was Short dead for public violence during a protest of water in Tafelkop in Elias Motsoaledi Municipality in Limpopo.\r\n\r\nSAPS Limpopo said about 900 protesters barricaded Tafelkop road with rocks.\r\n\r\nPolice used Life ammunation and stun grenades to disperse them when they refused to clear the road.\r\n\r\nUnknow said protesters pelted police with stones when many people were arrested, after the protest started in the morning over service delivery.\r\n\r\nThe barricaded road being cleared and many injuries 1 dead had been reported, he said.\r\n\r\nThe arrested Youth and Children would appear in the Motetema or Groblersdal Magistrate's Court on Monday and Community vow to make area ungovernable untill Minister Ednah Molewa come down!\r\n\r\nThe Mpumalanga Party(MP) calls on the NPA to withdraw the charges of common purpose against theProtesters. The MP calls on the NPA to lay charges of murder against the police. We say no to a police cover-up. \r\n \r\n\r\nThe MP calls for solidarity and the mobilisation of all legal, financial and other resources in order to ensure effective legal assistance to the charged community as well as to ensure that the stories, voices and interests of the affected communities are effectively heard in a transparent and unbiased process.  \r\n\r\nOn the basis of a doctrine of common affront, and solidarity, Seun Mogotji calls on all people in Elias Motsoaledi who stand for the truth and social justice to all line up at Motetema police stations demanding to be charged with Shortage of water. We call for this action for Monday, 03 September when the arrested Youth appear in court.

  • seun.mogotji - 2012-09-01 15:42

    I personally condemn the Sekhukhune District Municipality management especially Shoes Magabe for their refusal to negotiate with the Protestors in Tafelkop and believe that they also have a case to answer for their complicity in the unrest in Tafelkop.\r\n \r\nThe arrest and shorting of protestors was a barbaric act of planned state violence. It is also unfortunate that South Africa’s media is not reporting in an all rounded manner about the Protestors and what happened. We reject this kind of partisan reporting.\r\n\r\nHowever, the Tafelkop shorting merely illustrates an invisible and localised trend of ANC-police orchestrated violence against communities giving voice to their legitimate concerns about corruption, lack of service delivery and wanting  democratisation of ward communities. Tafelkop is the most visible expression of a low intensity war by the ANC state against the struggling poor communities. South Africa in the lives of the poor has became a nightmare of state authoritarianism. The brutal shooting of Andries Tatane amongst others underlines this.

  • seun.mogotji - 2012-09-01 15:51

    The objects of local Government (Constitution Act 108 of 1996) in terms of section 152 (1) (b) being “to ensure the provision of services to communities on a sustainable manner” and (b) to promote a safe and healthy environment. The development duties of a Municipality (Section 153[a]) to “Structure and manage its administration, budgeting and planning processes to give priority to the basic needs of the community….” Section 27 (Constitution Act [supra]) clearly makes the right to access to water a constitutional right.\r\n\r\nThe Local Government Municipal Structures Act 1998 (Act 117 of 1998) Section 84 (d) placing the responsibility on District Councils for the provision of water and sewage disposal systems and (n) Municipal public works relating to all functions as detailed in section 84 of the said Act, to be incorporated.\r\n\r\nMtwane Village (Moutse) has now, 18 years into democracy, still being deprived and infringed in respect of its basic right of access to water.\r\n\r\nIt is with amazement to note that Sekhukhune District Council in its Independent Development Plan for 2012/13/14 has absolutely no intention of addressing this critical issue in any way.\r\n\r\nThe R 10 million water reticulation project, mandated by Mpumalanga during 2005, has become totally obsolete, dysfunctional, and all because no provision being made to include bulk water supply to the network, in the contract awarded. As an interim measure, to supply water, a bucket system with water from tankers, introduced, at great expense to taxpayer, for a contract period of 3 years. Since lapsing during 2009 and since then water has become a burning and critical issue for residents. Such money spent on the bucket system could have rather been applied and expended on the lack of bulk water supply to the network. The network has now become totally dysfunctional, with equipment being stolen, pipes and the entire network dilapidated, and as such, needs urgent attention and remedial ameliorated action.\r\n\r\nVarious correspondence addressed at nauseum to stakeholders (Minister, MEC, Portfolio Committee for Water, Premier Limpopo and the Sekhukhune District Council) have been met with absolute no response.\r\n\r\nThis state of affairs has now reached its saturation point (level) and residents now planning to take the matter to Court with the assistance of “Section 27) and the “Lawyers for Human Rights (as was the case in Carolina – Mpumalanga) to force the Council to live up to its legal obligations.\r\n\r\nWe therefore now appeal to you, for response in this matter, failing which there would be no alternative but to adopt the legal route for remedial ameliorated action. Should your response not be received within 14 days from date of this correspondence.

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