Police monitor Bekkersdal after protests

2013-10-16 10:42

Johannesburg - Police were monitoring the area of Bekkersdal near Westonaria on Wednesday following a violent service delivery protest, said Gauteng police.

Constable Thembi Masango said the area was quiet at around 09:00.

"Things are still quiet but we have a high police presence," she said.

Thirty-five people were arrested for public violence during the protests on Tuesday.

It was unclear when they would appear in court.

Protesters threw stones at the local police station, damaging three police vehicles and a disaster management vehicle.

Police also found that a petrol bomb had been thrown at the station, said Masango.

On Wednesday, the Democratic Alliance said Bekkersdal residents were frustrated as the Westonaria municipality was failing to deliver proper services.

DA MPL Fred Nel said although they condemned violent protests, they understood the frustration of the Bekkersdal community.

This was not the first protest held in the area this year.

"The ANC governed Westonaria municipality is one of the two worst performing municipalities in Gauteng. The other being neighbouring Randfontein, which will soon be merged with Westonaria as indicated by the Municipal Demarcation Board," said Nel.

He said merging the troubled municipalities would not have a positive outcome.

"[It] will only worsen their problems and the frustration of residents," he said.

He called on Gauteng's local government MEC Ntombi Mekgwe to investigate the managerial problems in the area.

  • Lebo Molefe - 2013-10-16 10:57

    The ANC remind me of that snake in the garden of Eden!

      Lebo Molefe - 2013-10-16 11:33

      Yes the one with a "Voice"..the one that is said to have deceived Adam and Eve..Did i hear someone say its fiction?

      Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-10-16 11:47

      Guval Rombezo. I spoke out against racism during my forty years in the struggle. I am not at all impressed with what you are all penning down here. You haven't past the blaming stage and at this rate you never will. A far left party is the death where ever it was implemented. A far left party will not bring you the treasures on a plate, in fact it will bring younothing more than what you have now. Your blackness isn't a badge or free passport to keep blaming whites, you have ample time to take charge of your own life, so do it. Blaming others is a sign of weakness. Is that all you are worth?.

  • Jeremy Thewasp - 2013-10-16 11:12

    Anc voters protesting against the Municipality THEY voted in and will vote in again... I feel squat for them, I hope you carry on getting zero service delivery and you have to fetch water from the river and your electricity doesnt work and that you carry on living in filth you bunch of morons Dance and shout all you want - We dont care

  • Gwilym John Howes - 2013-10-16 11:18

    It would be interesting to know whether those protesting were paying consumers of parasites that expect services for nothing...

  • Maree Van Staden - 2013-10-16 11:19

    AND COME NEXT ELECTION.... THEY ALL VOTE FOR THE SAME INCOMPETENT PEOPLE!!! - We reeeeeeeaaaaaalllyyyy need someone/organization to educate the people of South Africa on their rights and the Government sound work FOR them .... That's why they call them "Public Servants"...

  • Henry Bird - 2013-10-16 11:21

    Prior 1994 they had service delivery and every thing was managed Since then every thing has deteriorated and destroyed baby raping etc

  • Gwilym John Howes - 2013-10-16 11:21

    "Protesters threw stones at the local police station, damaging three police vehicles and a disaster management vehicle. Police also found that a petrol bomb had been thrown at the station." PLEAESE, these are NOT protesters; they are RIOTERS, and should be dealt with as harshly as possible. You, me, we all paid for and own this property that is being destroyed. I want to see the Police doing everything possible to protect our property and their own lives. Shoot this scum!

  • LeeSaw SealWanna - 2013-10-16 11:21

    ANC live and ANC rule and it will rule till the sun stand still...those people are told to sstrike by D.A, it want ANC to look like it's not delievring...ANC will get 65% of votes next year!

      Gwilym John Howes - 2013-10-16 11:31

      I can seE why you love the ANC. Their schooling clearly did a great job teaching you English - NOT! But you are probably right about the voting results. There are just too many illiterates like you that will vote for their fellow illiterates.

      Jonathan Marc Sampson - 2013-10-16 11:43

      Dream on buddy. People are slowly seeing that a food parcel every 5 years does not sustain a person

      Maree Van Staden - 2013-10-16 11:45

      I suppose it is also the D.A. telling the public servants not to do their job, and sit in their offices (when they are there) and play solitaire, or watch movies... and it's the D.A. paying them ridicules salaries for this...?

  • Kalahari Kgalagadi Safaris - 2013-10-16 11:35

    Well protesters you voted anc so please ENJOY

  • Kalahari Kgalagadi Safaris - 2013-10-16 11:35

    Well protesters you voted anc so please ENJOY

  • Al Loots - 2013-10-16 11:51

    Proudly brought to you by ANC. The hallmark of the ''new'' SA.

  • Kalahari Kgalagadi Safaris - 2013-10-16 11:54

    Just vote anc again for bad service delivery! Free kentucky for all viva! Vote anc for a free t -shirt made in china! Viva long live

      Nothemba Magret - 2013-10-18 17:18

      Ill vote for anc rest of my life idnt care wat ppl sai about anc if u r opposition look after yo party cse anc go nowere ull talk and talk about anc till u die u do protest cse u opposed anc anc go no were!

  • Leah Richardson - 2013-10-16 12:03

    Proudly brougt to you by; cANCer!

  • John Tex - 2013-10-16 12:17

    Please vote ANC again ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ..

      Maphadime Chidi - 2013-10-16 15:39

      Don't make this a joke when people are suffering in Bekkersdal. Media does not want to tell the truth about the area. The sewage system is inexplicable on the roads. Am disappointed of a person who smiles on horrible treatment of this municipal manager.

      Nothemba Magret - 2013-10-18 17:13

      I will

  • Mike Swart - 2013-10-16 12:19

    @ Guvale Romebe We have no South Africa like the Zimbabweans to flee to. As they did on FOOT! You destroy and we pluck the consequences right here in South Africa. As for the far left party you refer to, where does its leaders come from? And you think they will do better? Once you collapse our economy you will have a very simple alternative seeing that you will no longer have a job unless you are part of the political inner circle of the far left party. You personally will probably score quite a substantial piece of land - on which you as the new landowner will dish out work to the unfortunates who will be forced to take or leave what you and the far left party are prepared to give. No free medicines and social grants any longer. Trade unions? You will have to try to find work as a manual labourer on some land owned and controlled by your far left wing party leader(s). As long as the boss/main occupier of the land pays his/her dues (bribes) to them, he/she may just think of employing you. But don't bet on it. A pool of ten or twenty million pairs of hands willing to do anything for some sustenance will be your competitors. Other industries/sectors like banks and supermarkets will be demolished. They are dependent on the agricultural sector. All those office and under roof jobs gone! A foregone result. One wonders where all those 50 million or so South African citizens - the adults among them - will each find a piece of land? Don't bluff people and even yourself.

  • George Radebe - 2013-10-16 12:31

    Im a Bekkersdalian and nothing is happening there!since 1994 Bekkerdal is being deteriorating in a very alarming rate thanx to the anc

      Maree Van Staden - 2013-10-16 12:48

      George... can you then explain to me why the people from Bekkerdal keep voting for the same party since 1994...? Do they REALY think Appartheid will comeback if they don't...?

  • Deon De Villiers - 2013-10-16 12:31

    Guvale Romebe---Stop calling me a whity because if I call you a blackie I am a racist not you, point 1. Please tell us all what did you do, to improve your relationship with your fellow white South Africans. Regarding all your comments above the white person must do everything and you just receiving, point 2

      Maphadime Chidi - 2013-10-16 15:43

      After what Whites did in this country we won't be questioned by them? They must go to hell. Land grabs is the option. Viva EFF.

  • George Radebe - 2013-10-16 12:44

    Prior to 1994 NP hated Bekkersdal to the extend that Botha promised to sink it,now it's the anc shooting at us without listening to our griviences,ooh suffer my Berliza suffer but for howlong??

  • George Radebe - 2013-10-16 12:49

    Gauteng provincial goverment and the anc in general they don't like Bekkersdal because of strong philosophy of BIKO that prevails there!but funny the Bekkersdalian vote anc,(so cruel of them)

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