Police on high alert in Muldersdrift

2011-07-07 10:53

Muldersdrift - Protesters in Muldersdrift dispersed on Thursday morning after burning tyres and barricading the N14 highway, police said.

"It's calm. No-one has regrouped since police arrived. There were no injuries or arrests," said Captain Jacob Raboroko.

It was believed that the protesters were residents of a nearby informal settlement. They were protesting about poor service delivery.

Raboroko said firefighters were called in to extinguish the burning tyres. Rocks placed on the highway were also removed.

Police would remain on high alert throughout the day, he said.


  • Nongoloza - 2011-07-07 11:00

    I dont feel sorry for them, you get what you vote for.

      truddy.mtsweni - 2011-07-07 12:02

      yes this are the very same people that keep voting for ANC, nxxn

      ratex - 2011-07-07 16:20

      Well to put it another way. How do you expect the govt to put infrastructures in place when you just set up shop where you want to? man, move to some kind of formal settlement, not just a couple of shacks in the middle of the veld? If you want these services, well then you need to pay for them. Nothing is for free and us folk that do pay tax are tired of having to subiside ignorance.

  • saabnut - 2011-07-07 11:01

    Stupid, stupid sheep, to think that they were going to get anything other than what they voted for... Only when they stop believing the ANC lies, might their lot change...

      jobho - 2011-07-07 12:03

      Einstein once said insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. So WHOOOOHAAH is the slow clap for those who Vote for the same party, demonstrate violently and somewhere along the line expect to get a excellent service delivery

  • DAB - 2011-07-07 11:01

    Vote smarter next time round!

  • JohannV - 2011-07-07 11:09

    Remember 18 May 2011 - think carefully about the next elections.

  • daaivarksetier - 2011-07-07 11:12

    What you get for voting wrong. No you have to make Fire Stones, barricade roads with rocks. Voting for people with empty promises this is exactly what you get.

  • Godesha - 2011-07-07 11:24

    Neither do I feel sorry for them. Just a pity none of those protesters will ever read the comments of this forum.

  • facts please - 2011-07-07 11:37

    Ok, so this is not the same settlement as the Zandspruit settlement. So what is going on here?

  • Bernard - 2011-07-07 11:40

    Sorry, I DO FEEL SORRY for them, they did not vote for apartheid, of which this is a chain reaction, even so many years later. However I do agree with Nongoloza, vote for the right party & the wrongs of the past will get fixed up!!

      Thor - 2011-07-07 12:05

      Yes apartheid obviously had a huge role to play. BUT this was many many years ago and at this point I think astronomical population growth and the lack of leadership is equally to blame. After 15 years I would have expected at least a marginal improvement but they have not even been able to keep up with the rate at which the poor keeps getting more.

      Wayne - 2011-07-07 12:08

      @Bernard - Please take a moment and think before you type.Do you truly feel sorry for the ANC supporters after 17 years of f*ing up? Do you honestly think after regarding you as thief and wanting to steal your land that they will accept your generous sympathy? Sorry but their ignorance for voting for the ANC will always be their downfall, so burn baby burn.

      renbot - 2011-07-07 12:10

      Bernard, you are an idiot, coming up with these trash comments, rather focus on things you know anything playing with clay or something?

      steve - 2011-07-07 12:23

      Do you think that if the Japanese kept crying about the atomic bomb on Hiroshima they would be where they are today? do you think Germany after losing the war lost all hope? or the Jews and the holocaust,the survivors made a plan and carried on and are highly successful, the problem with Africa is that you are too happy to regress to the stone age as long as you have great excuses, 17 years on and people like you should at least have had a better education.( oh yes let's blame apartheid).

      mike881 - 2011-07-07 13:39

      Bernard this squatter camp was started long after the demise of apartheid. The lack of service delivery over the past 17 years can be 100% blamed on the anc regime though; who are more interested in enriching themselves than the well being of the "stupid" masses.

  • Dominic - 2011-07-07 11:54

    Votes don't give you service delivery. Paying for it does.

      Dominic - 2011-07-07 12:10

      I don't care who they voted for. Why should the taxes of law-abiding citizens by used to deliver services to people who barricade roads and throw stones?

  • Civil_Rights - 2011-07-07 12:04

    If the leading party can't even deliver on service delivery- don't expect your vote to get you to heaven. The peoples' votes only got them as far as the N14.

  • Dumba1234 - 2011-07-07 12:21

    What did the councillors promise these people in informal settlements

  • surita.coetzer - 2011-07-07 12:42

    17years later and you still blame apartheid, get a live! It got nothing to do with apartheid making the wrong choices yes and believing empty promises. When are your people going to stop blaming everything on apartheid. 17 years ago our land was still in one piece and now?

      Dominic - 2011-07-07 12:56

      You must be very young Surita. 17 years ago it was the same and our land was in many pieces (apartheid = separation). 18 years ago I had all the windows of my car broken by people who followed the ANC policy of making the country ungovernable. I was one of those who thought that unity and full democracy would unite our land and our people. Sadly it seems that once ungovernable always ungovernable.

  • Kgomotso - 2011-07-07 12:44

    it is not service delivery but poor mentality. They invaded the land now they make demands as if someone placed them there. I pass there on my way to work and everyone who uses N14 to Mogale between Malibongwe and Beyers Naude can testify Goverment has and is building RDPs for the same people. The problem i have with all this people is 1. Most protesters are between 30 and 40yrs they demanding RDPs instead of jobs. RDPs should only be allocated to people above 45yrs younger should go to work and buy their houses. 2. They burn or threaten to burn schools and clinic. The clinic that Zandspruit and Video(today strike) people use has been donated by Wits the clinic at an informal settlement near lionpark has been donated by Hand Of Compassion people in a church i attend, they contribute monthly for them to have this service including a Doctor What happens it their children fall sick the very day they burnt a clinic. The schools and roads that they are burning is my tax. 3. When the school is burnt it is their children who wont go to school This is a curse

      surita.coetzer - 2011-07-07 12:48

      Well said Kgomotso if all of them just see it that way.

      ecoecho - 2011-07-07 17:04

      I agree with what you say. But actually I think the age needs to be older than 45. There is nowhere else in the world that I know of where 45 million people have been offered their own house free and gratis. Where is the money supposed to come from? With only a small portion, relatively speaking, of people paying tax there is no way that such a thing is supportable or sustainable, on top of which the population has exploded in the last 17 yrs. No one seems to be taught or to learn that you don't keep having children that you cannot support. Never mind cultural egos. I used to live at Zandspruit - before the squatter camp sprang up down the dirt road that ran alongside the cottage I rented. I went on holiday and there was nothing there, a week later people were bused and trucked in and 10 days later my cottage was broken into and all my clothes and things stolen. Until I moved away I was broken into 3 times. As you say, there is poor mentality involved in all of this - and what my mother would could the politics of envy, even of those that do not own big houses or fancy cars.

  • Jim - 2011-07-07 13:45

    This is what they voted for so what is their problem????

  • 50something - 2011-07-07 16:47

    Shut up - you got what you voted for

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