PE protesters set fire to house, car

2012-06-08 10:33

Port Elizabeth - A house, a car and a construction site were set alight, allegedly by residents of Booysen Park during a service delivery protest, Eastern Cape police said on Friday.

No arrests had been made in relation to the arson by 09:00, Warrant Officer Alwin Labans said.

"The situation is quiet but tense and we are maintaining a police presence in the area," he said.

Community members were starting to form groups, but no violence had been reported since the fires.

Protests in the area began at noon on Thursday, when a local councillor's office was torched and roads were barricaded with logs and rocks.

Two people were arrested for public violence later in the day.

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  • Ryno - 2012-06-08 10:45

    Remember to Vote ANC!!!!!! A better life for all!!!!!!!!!

  • Azande - 2012-06-08 10:49

    Its a turmoil. Zuma please step down.

  • Rob - 2012-06-08 11:06

    I see the " matchbox " people are at it again. This skill with matches must be handed down, generation to generation.

      Elizabeth - 2012-06-08 12:51

      And don't forget the rocks and tyres whilst handing them more boxes of matches, pity they don't include it as sport for the olympics, South Africans will excel.....

      Buzz - 2012-06-08 15:28

      You cannot apply 1st world logic in Africa... Like the rest of the continent, it simply does not work. If anyone knows what logic you can apply, please share it with us immediately!

  • mark.haupt.31 - 2012-06-08 11:06

    Makes sense to burn a construction site when complaining about a lack of service, doesn't it? Much like voting for the ANC and then not getting what they promised you. Power to the sheeple, viva ANC, viva

  • marlin.samuels.1 - 2012-06-08 11:20

    Well they didnt employu locals i guess, also my bet is they didnt consult the immediate community with what's happening in the area, typical municipality.......

  • Vhonks - 2012-06-08 11:23

    Perhaps in time`s like these it is gret to remember: "I am also able to state this fundamental truth that I am born of a people who are heroes and heroines. I am born of a people who would not tolerate oppression. I am of a nation that would not allow that fear of death, torture, imprisonment, exile or persecution should result in the perpetuation of injustice. The great masses who are our mother and father will not permit that the behaviour of the few results in the description of our country and people as barbaric. Patient because history is on their side, these masses do not despair because today the weather is bad. Nor do they turn triumphalist when, tomorrow, the sun shines".

      Mike Purchase - 2012-06-09 14:26

      And others are getting tired being oppressed now,be careful what you ask for.

  • nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-06-08 11:30

    Viva viva - Amandla. Burn it all down, forget tomorrow, burn burn burn. Amandla.

  • TdJ01 - 2012-06-08 11:45

    Why oh why are you are you bloody cretinous imbeciles complaining, YOU voted for the ANC and will propably do so again and again and again etc. etc. Did their new promises before the last election not materialised?? Really, how dumb must you be?

      Vhonks - 2012-06-08 11:48

      N Yes we will.......just to piss you off!!!

  • tricia.sutherland1 - 2012-06-08 12:41

    .... so burning down structures built for them makes sense because of poor service delivery?? protest or not, if my employer or child had to destroy something i've given them in protest - they would not get another thing? but i suppose the people of today are copying what their leaders did (violence, burning, mayhem).

  • clint.rusford.3 - 2012-06-08 16:46


  • andre.potgieter.5 - 2012-06-09 23:03

    Come om people, get real! Politicians made promisses but do not deliver. Place yourselves in the position of desperate people! How can they ever trust any politician from now on? I would have done the same, even worse things out of frustration. Are you dry and warm? Many people are not!

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