'Porta loos' torched at service protest

2013-04-18 20:03

Johannesburg - More than 70 people burnt tyres and threw stones at passing cars on the N2 highway during a service delivery protest in Cape Town on Thursday, Western Cape police said.

Colonel Tembinkosi Kinana said police received information about the protest at 07:00.

The protesters were primarily from Langa and Philippi East.

A truck carrying temporary plastic toilets was torched near Khayelitsha, as residents demanded proper toilet facilities be built, AP reported.

Kinana said police dispersed the protesters.

However, they later began protesting on Lansdowne Road.

"No injuries were reported and police are monitoring the situation," he said.

  • Thebe Tau - 2013-04-18 20:13

    Fools be like let's burn all the toilets, its fine we'll shyte in the bushes

      Phuphudlelwe Vukayilahle - 2013-04-18 21:05

      Africans, who is our biggest ernemy kwow the? just open your eyes.see how blind you'v been,see how confused you are see how the world around you is changing.i guess what they want is some peace of mind iknow its hard to find you cant borrow it from the friend piece of mind got to come within.

      Regte Boer - 2013-04-19 07:44

      Savages always have to destroy everything.

  • Mike Hahn - 2013-04-18 20:15

    These people need to work within the confines of the laws of this country. It is redicoulus that half of the city can be brought to a standstill. I must pay taxes to house these renegades!! They not happy unless they destroying property and causing mayhem! Poor reflection of South African mentality but then do the ANC really care about the poor? Not when the INNER CIRCLE OF THE ANC IS GETTING WEALTHY.

  • Walter H. Guyer - 2013-04-18 20:18

    Like you burn trains, no trains running. You burn portable toilets, no toilets, as simple as that.

      SharonE - 2013-04-18 21:34

      The fan has been hit by the proverbial!

  • Robert Aitken - 2013-04-18 20:25

    Well done. Now you have nothing.

  • Andrew M - 2013-04-18 20:26

    Shame on these people, depriving others of facilities to improve health standards. South Africa is surely sliding backwards fast and becoming a real uncontrolled hooligan nation.

      Phuphudlelwe Vukayilahle - 2013-04-18 20:47

      we realy need to be devided but equal not acording to our skin colours but accoding to our mental capabilities cause we are still outnumberd by people who lack vision and that it affect every one.

      Regte Boer - 2013-04-19 07:45

      I agree with PV above.

  • Clinton Emslie - 2013-04-18 20:38

    We demand we demand we demand. I demand to that my taxes be spent somewhere else if this is how they keep being wasted especially considering these people get it for for FREE and i must pay through my nostrils in taxes to keep giving it for FREE. You demand nothing, work for it like every other citizen!!

  • lacrimosewolf - 2013-04-18 20:38

    Oh well. Keep sh*tt*ng on your own doorstep then. Anyone know if ANY of these smash, burn, loot, stone, violent disruptions have actually brought about any meaningful change? I'm really interested to know if there are some stats out there. 20yrs later seems to me to be same sh*t, different day

      MrGrumpy - 2013-04-18 23:28

      Same sh*t in the same spot in the bushes because they destroyed their toilets, same uneducated unemployable workers because they burnt their schools, same unhappy fools because they keep falling for the party line, same household violence because they cannot understand meaningful communication, same poverty because they breed beyond their ability to feed, same everything.

  • Sabelo Lex Mthembu - 2013-04-18 20:38

    Most of the time municipal structures only hear and respond to ones grievances when something drastic like this is done. It's very easy to judge them for protesting but you imagine not having decent place to take a dump. Common human dignity.

      Jayden - 2013-04-18 20:52

      I hear what you say , But how do you please this people they looking for every excuse in the book to breakdown, Just look the next thing they are going to the street demand toilets

      lacrimosewolf - 2013-04-18 20:57

      Explain the logic of destroying 'decent place to take a dump' because you don't have one? What's missing from the thought process is that a) people hae simply swarmed into places where there's been no planning for them to be b) to provide sewage and reticulation to these places isn't magic. There are a plethora of LAWS, POLICIES, PROCESSES AND PROCEDURES to get through. Seeing as 98% of these are deter-mined by National govt, it really, really does take YEARS to get things done. And National so love to delay and procrastinate, forcing Provincial Govt to re-do studies and estimates again and again. You have no idea of the games being played at the people's expense. So porta-potties are not the greatest, but consider they are at least 50% better than bushes, pit-latrines, the local river or cr^pping in front of your door.

      KennyGrass - 2013-04-18 21:05

      Easy,Back to the bush.

      lacrimosewolf - 2013-04-18 21:46

      Oh dear, got thumbed down. Well to that person (and any who follow) do you really think that white settlers appeared here in 1652 complete with sewage pipes, sewage dams, water purification processes and indoor plumbing? It took freaking work. It took LEARNING from the West to understand that they needed these things. It wasn't magic. It was engineering and science. Arranging rocks in the road or setting fire to something to bring about plumbing, is primitive and indicative that all that we have in the (allegedly) the greatest democracy in the world - laws, policies, processes and procedures - are just plum meaningless when the people cling to primitive, aberrant behaviour.

      SharonE - 2013-04-18 22:11

      Here, I have a question. How many people protesting actually live in the area they are protesting about? Or were they conveniently bussed in?

      Jeremy Forbes - 2013-04-18 22:38

      Sabelo is right, we've got to learn to perceive reality from outside of our own ethnic and social groups, that means to put ourselves in the position of these people. I have long argued with the DA that it would be better for the City to put itself into debt and sort out these matters quickly. However, the emigration from the dysfunctional EC is now so numerous that no City in the world would be able to keep up with this level of demand for service provision.

      MrGrumpy - 2013-04-18 23:29

      We all understand your point, but then explain to us: Why burn down the freaking toilets!?!

      MrGrumpy - 2013-04-18 23:32

      @Jeremy: Then you can pay for it champ! I try again and again to put myself into the mindset of the poor and would venture to say that I can understand their needs and rights to dignity etc. But what no sane person can understand is the destruction of the very thing you are allegedly fighting for: schools, toilets, libraries and most importantly, democracy.

      reynold.dawson - 2013-04-19 07:47

      The DA allow these people to put up their shacks but they don't provide services. If they can't provide services don't allow the shacks to be put up.

      Del Pearson - 2013-05-12 19:08

      By supplying temporary toilets the municipality had listened prior to this ridiculous situation, and were attempting to better the situation. We all have to start somewhere and then build ourselves up. Nowhere in the world has everyone been supplied, free of charge, with everything their hearts desire. Come guys by destroying the very things that you have asked for gets you nowhere. Rome was not built in a day and certainly not completed by incompetent people lacking.

  • Theo Goddefroy - 2013-04-18 20:53

    Dit is so voorspelbaar..........

  • Petrus Kok - 2013-04-18 21:06

    ...why not go back to the EASTERN CAPE if things are so bad here? we demand, we demand ...eish

      Phuphudlelwe Vukayilahle - 2013-04-18 21:27

      @PETROS i do understand your point but its so unfortunately that this point of time most of the people leave their small town,provinces,countrys and continents for some educational intentions and its a shame to realize that its bit defficult to go back to your own place of birth just because the people you left them behind will come up with some diffrent percepitions and wont even consider your proposals.

      Petrus Kok - 2013-04-18 21:44

      ..thousands of people come to the WC every year from the EC - why ? like you said Phuphudlelwe for better education and work, but why are nobody striking in the EC? -- are you telling me that the service delivery are better in the EC then in the WC?...these strikes are driven by the ANC in a attempt to gain votes -- nothing more - the leaders of the ANC is only interested in lining their pockets with tax money!

      Phuphudlelwe Vukayilahle - 2013-04-18 22:15

      Then allow me to say its always about diffrent folks for diffrent strokes.

  • Logic - 2013-04-18 21:16

    animals they should be locked up

      MrGrumpy - 2013-04-18 23:33

      They will not be locked up because the same retards govern the country.

  • Abdulcarrim Essa - 2013-04-18 21:16

    i cant wait for my australian ppermenent resident visa to be approved . we cant live like this anymore. and to all those that say i must f off i will do so happily and take my skills with me. im gatvol of the anc now.

      Phuphudlelwe Vukayilahle - 2013-04-18 21:49

      @ abdulcarrim.please dont leave your south african must never run away.All the nations greater for their trials,we must all face the test of time.Let us stop for aminute,count our blessings one by one.We should never be disloyal,but stand up and keep strong.

      JMaree - 2013-04-19 07:26

      Good luck, I happy hear...

  • Jurgen Eksteen - 2013-04-18 21:21

    Great!! Now you have to cr@p in the ditch.

      Annelene Meterki Minnie - 2013-04-19 09:04

      they like it like a sense of freedom! "I will not be confined by the rules of a toilet with a wall around it!" or maybe just because a toilet happens to be white...

  • Andre de Lange - 2013-04-18 21:59

    These 1000's of morons flooding and burning the western cape are hear with a well planned strategy by the ANC to gain votes.

  • Henk Tredoux - 2013-04-18 22:02

    So what are you going to use now for toilets??? Cut your nose to spite your face....lekker dom!!!!

  • Bingo - 2013-04-18 22:11

    So 70 people decide that the rest of the community don't want toilets. Flushing toilets etc could probably be installed if the area was properly planned and developed. How many would be prepared to move their homes to allow for servitudes?

  • MrGrumpy - 2013-04-18 23:23

    If you burn your own services, you choose to live like primitives.

  • Sapper_Coetzee - 2013-04-19 02:15

    There was a protest in kroonstad on wednesday. What peeves me is the police will stand and whatch as the protesters illegaly block roads and do damage to both private and public property. Is it not their duty to stop these things. Or are they being intimidated and seen as spies like the police members who were supposed to film the marikana event?

  • Piet Boerie - 2013-04-19 05:51

    The pattern is now clear, as soon as there is violence and damage to property we will see cadres and alliance members behind it. Hell the opposition holds a peaceful protest and they get attacked. Its time to end the militant mindset as the war is over.

  • Theo Joubert - 2013-04-19 07:20

    These people must be arrested, charged with public violence and damage to property. Upon conviction they should be sentenced to community service and made to rebuild and repair the damage they caused. At least then the tax payers would not have to fund the labour of rebuilding what they destroyed.

  • Altus Kirsten - 2013-04-19 07:31

    Just shoot them...

  • Winifred Watson - 2013-04-19 09:27

    Oh dear, african mentality, if you cant get what you want, you burn and trash.......would changing their vote ever cross their minds. I dont believe so, come next year and the vote the same way again. Will their mind set ever change, not in another million years. I heard somebody on tv having a dig at the opposing because they want equality. These protesters need to look at the people they put in power, we is the equality coming out of government, they have enriched themselves, live in good places, drive big cars, travel overseas, their children are educated in private schools, now what about equality, what have the poor people got. Zuma gets Nkandla, whilst other poor people live in broken down shacks on the side of the road, yet these very same people WILL listen to equality promises for WHOM and they are too scared to give somebody else a CHANCE. They GET what they DESERVE. White people have become a thorn in this governments side, for the reason is that we cannot be fooled, we fought for our Country to be liberated, and we will continue to fight until everybody is liberated but for those that are happy to sit behind the door with their hands over their ears, then they get what they deserve.

  • Douglas Hoffmeester - 2013-04-19 11:25

    Well here is an option, get them to build their own toilets. So instead of paying someone a tender that costs taxpayers millions of RANDela's and we then only get 10% of it back in value, you provide employment for the unemployed in the community thereby uplifting the community and if the toilets are not built to standard they have no one to blame but themselves but then one of them can get the maintenance contract for the toilets thereby securing ongoing employment.

  • Andre Burrows - 2013-04-19 12:01

    Mandela's legacy.....what a stateman!

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