Protest closes N2 in Cape Town

2012-08-10 07:26

Cape Town - About 500 people blocked a road with burning tyres near Cape Town International Airport on Friday morning, the city's disaster risk management centre said.

Spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said people started gathering from 04:00 on the N2 highway, throwing stones at passing vehicles.

He said police fired rubber bullets to disperse the crowd.

The highway was closed in both directions, between the Mew Way and Duynefontein offramps.

Motorists were being diverted onto the R300.

The highway was being cleared of debris and likely to be re-opened at 08:00.

The police were not immediately available for comment.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille tweeted just before 07:00 that the N2 is currently being cleared and the roadway was being washed in order to reopen it as soon as possible.

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  • seymore.butt - 2012-08-10 07:34

    Morons! Protest against service delivery by destroying services that are available! You will never receive public sympathy by such actions. Go and block the parliament or something.

      paul.anthony.dawson - 2012-08-10 07:53

      They have nothing, so they have nothing to lose. They're probably not too far their shacks in the local vicinity. Going to parliament would mean a taxi ride and they don't have money. I suspect the cold has a lot to do with it. Desperate times, desperate people, desperate measures. This is totally the governments fault. The reaction of the poor is identical world wide. Maximum impact with minimum effort. And they've made their point. Rubber bullets worn't help. Enough of the lavish banquets, Mansion estates and S Class Mercedes. The Government need to spend money on their people. Otherwise it gets worse. Much, much worse.

      fred.murgatroyd - 2012-08-10 08:19

      These protests are clearly orchestrated by the ANCYL trying to use the poor to make Cape Town ungovernable, probably with the blessing and active assistance of Tony Erenrich and their parent body, the ANC. I'm sure it's time the ANCYL were punished for their actions to stop them destroying the conomy of this country, and at the same time for the ANC to stop their wastage of taxpayers money so that more can be done for the poor people that they claim to represent.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-08-10 08:29

      Just the ANCYL throwing a tantrum. Need a good hiding.

      paul.anthony.dawson - 2012-08-10 08:37

      If the people had basic services then the ANCYL would have no leverage. While the proletariat were cuddled up warm in their beds last night the impoverished were freezing in their shacks with no electricity, sanitation or water. It's a hard pill to swallow when you're stuck in traffic for 3 hours or missing a flight. We should keep our eye on the ball which is Government, the poor and the working class are the players. The same thing happens with train strikes, truck driver strikes, public service strikes, albeit the respective cessation of the individual trade affects the public. These people have no trade. The only way that the very poor can make a statement is by disruption of industry.

      sanda.mnyazi - 2012-08-10 08:39

      Good i have always wished that they do their protests on the N2 and not in townships where they would destroy their own facilities. I'm glad they blocked the N2 and wish they do it every time they want to protest.

      marcusvandermerwe - 2012-08-10 09:03

      Idiots don't understand democracy. If you not happy with service delivery, vote for someone else. Instead, keep voting for the ANC no matter what and then look confused when you still in the same boat like 20 years ago.

      mikenortje - 2012-08-10 09:14

      Paul the very same people protesting, voted for the government that is failing them. You get the government you vote for, there is no simpler truth.

      EricksonTL - 2012-08-10 09:24

      Paul, I wonder how many of those poor people have homes in the Eastern Cape? Perhaps if the ANC stopped bussing people into Cape Town, essentially giving them two addresses - one in the EC, and one in the Cape - there would be more money for services? Then again, if the ANC stopped thieving for a while, they could all have RDP houses. Nice to try to play the guilt trip game, but the blame for ALL of this lies with the 'ruling party.' They are morons, so the people who pay taxes in the first place have to suffer.

      peter.jefferies.90 - 2012-08-10 09:26

      @sanda you are a fool!

      paul.anthony.dawson - 2012-08-10 09:27

      The DA has been running the municipality in Cape Town since 2000. They have spent nothing on these people so have given a propaganda gift of promise to the ANC and the ANCYL. They've voted ANC and received DA at the local government, so blame the DA.

      peter.jeffrey.581 - 2012-08-10 09:31

      @paul.anthony.dawson - What are you talking about? You dont even know why they were protesting you idiot

      peter.jefferies.90 - 2012-08-10 09:34

      @Paul, are you being serious??? By the looks of your profile you don't even live in SA! so stop preaching from across the boarders!!! I am sick an tired of people bitching and moaning about things and not doing anything about it themselves!! I went through hell and lost everything and was pretty much on the streets at one point!!!!!!!! But guess what I made a plan and I know work 3 jobs a day job, a night job and a weekend job to try and make my life better.

      paul.anthony.dawson - 2012-08-10 09:35

      C'mon. The ANC aren't intelligent enough to run a hot dog stand, now you're suggesting they're involved in conspiracy. Sorry but I don't buy it. It is what it is.

      sekalf.nroc - 2012-08-10 09:49

      Sanda Fresh myzi - wonder why you are so sour... probably an ancyl aspirant for the WC - would have expected more from former Wynberg Highschool student ( seeing that you are so proud of it...) Your comments throughout this thread are simply dumb with no real suggestions in managing this issue - just like the ancyl - absolute no plan - wonder if this has to do with your brain-capability in absorbing and digesting information...

      paul.anthony.dawson - 2012-08-10 09:49

      peter.jeferry.581 - why don't you enlighten me then instead of resorting to insults, which typically means a person's substantive argument is weak.

      peter.jefferies.90 - 2012-08-10 09:52

      @Paul again I ask, do you even live in SA? Or are you one of the people who jumped ship and still bitch and moan about everything even though you aren't here. If you do not live here then how can you comment on things you actually know nothing about?

      hallo.daar.56 - 2012-08-10 09:53

      Weak Cape Town authorities.

      hallo.daar.56 - 2012-08-10 09:56

      @PeterJeff - Also Thoughtsandstuff

      paul.anthony.dawson - 2012-08-10 10:04

      Peterjeff - I am abroad, which means I am not objective. Does it bother you that I still take an interest in SA and have an opinion? Your assumption that because I'm not there means I know nothing couldn't be further from the truth. Do investors in foreign markets all live in their invested countries? ? It's a free world I'm afraid. Being apathetic means I can have a subjective viewpoint which is not clouded by an emotional distortion. There are 2 sides to every story. Usually the protagonists involved i.e. You and these protesters, won't see reason as well as a nonpartisan bystander.

      peter.jefferies.90 - 2012-08-10 10:16

      @Paul, it bothers me because you actually have no clue what is going on in this country! You sit abroad and only see the news abroad which is so bias to the negative and never actually gives the full story as to what people are trying to do to change things. You don't live SA every day you don't know what is going on so don't throw in stupid comments because you read an article or 2 and now think you are an expert. And it bothers me because as South African living in South Africa I am sick and tired of hearing the people who left this awesome country bitch and moan about things that don't affect them!!

      paul.anthony.dawson - 2012-08-10 10:47

      Who's "bitching and moaning"? You will find far more perturbation in yours and others responses than in mine. As I've said, I am apathetic to the situation. I see a much wider aspect and I am not emotionally involved. I don't need to live in SA to know what is happening economically, socially and politically. I certainly don't take news24 as my only source of information and research either. I asked you, do you think investors who make investment decisions based on economics all live in their invested countries?

      peter.jefferies.90 - 2012-08-10 11:02

      @sanda and your alternative is the ANC?? They are failing in 8 other provinces and I can tell you from experiance that the people living in townships in the rest of the country are struggling even more with service delivery! A lot of them haven't even had water available to them for months, thank you ANC!

      peter.jefferies.90 - 2012-08-10 11:12

      @Paul I get the concept and understand international investing more then the average person! It is my job to know this stuff but, they spend a fortune getting information about a country not just news feeds. And if you want to compare things to international investors then you take the approach of actually not caring about the country or the people you just want to make money off it! Not saying that we don't need the investments but as a SOuth African you can't be stupid enough to think that international investors really care much about a protest in Cape Town. So to reitrate what I said, your comments about the DA are so far off it is not even on the same plant!! Currently Cape Town and the Western Cape is the best run Province and city in the counrty, this is a fact!! And the ANC and the ANCYL have made it their mission to try and make it look the opposite because they are worried that eventually people will realise this and stop voting for them. The fact of the matter is that you don't know 80% of what is happening in the country and rural and township areas, and sadly 80% South Africans are in the same boat. Myself and a handlful of others spend 80% of our time in the townships, getting death threats and attacked when we try and help and try make a difference. The people in these townships are their own worst enemies!

      sanda.mnyazi - 2012-08-10 11:17

      Paul do you think a person in a township struggling to get a proper house and toilet cares about international investors? Let me tell you because i know from first hand experience THEY DON'T CARE, whoever is governing the WC should first take care of its people, they should be priority. As long as the DA ignores those people, they will continue to protest like. Remember what the COSATU strike did to SA??? Peter pity i don't stay in all 8 provinces but i stay in Khayelitsha and i am firstly worried about my well being and those around me, then everyone else around the country comes secondary. if the ANC is not delivering in all 8 provinces i say the people must take to the streets and protest, that's the only way these idiots who govern will listen.

      patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-08-10 15:24

      Sanda I think you should stop writting on the internet, you are stealing time and money from your boss. It is also time people start doing things for themselves and not wait with open hands all the time.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-11 12:21

      Paul Anthony Dawson and you were out there in the freezing weather with blankets and hot soup I take it?. Or are you just another critic with indignation at all the others not doing enough while you are comfortably sitting at home?

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-11 12:23

      Sanda and everytime your tax money will be used to fix the mess and that will mean less for what ever the people need. What a solution.

      Vince.York - 2012-08-11 23:08

      ANC Trolls - go travel a lot more and see from just around African countries far poorer than you have ever come across - how narrow and bitterly small minded these specific blatantly orchestrated activities are!!! No one is fooled. The "ANC rot at the top" have publicly declared their treasonous determination to destroy a functioning part of our nation and subvert the opposition which incidentally now comprises "nearly half of South Africa". THE WORLD IS NOT BLIND NOR FOOLED and sees you all clearly for what you are. Change for the better must come from within each of the people trapped in these conditions themselves first. Until they are able to ensure they are no longer content to continue getting drugged and drunk and fornicate lasciviously like their leaders, but rather clean up and plant, and make a pleasant environment and apply conducive community & family values that is appealing to others, they will never achieve anything. TRY BUILDING UP, instead of BREAKING DOWN. A frcation of the ploted R2Bill zumaville would have sorted out many of these frustrations BUT YOUR LEADER PREFERS TO BE THE MAGNANIMOUS MEGALOMANIAC and forget the existing backlog of promises he made to you all. Go take HIM by the scruff of the neck and burn him out of office BEFORE December. THAT is where your problems arise.

  • santie.volgorehoff - 2012-08-10 07:34

    They made my life hell this morning since I missed my flight. I have no respect for anyone supporting these hooligans, discrasefull so called South Africans. You have made my life hell, and I will not retalliate, dont expect any future favours

      hendrik.verwoerd.94 - 2012-08-10 08:59

      Is it not time that we find out what the protests are all about? We must start talking to the very people we are criticising.

      boffin.bobreturns - 2012-08-10 09:00

      Is there any other country in the world where the majority vote has been wasted as it has been in south africa ?

      Nyiks11 - 2012-08-10 09:55

      If you call missing a flight hell then girl I want your life .

      amanda.victor.92 - 2012-08-10 10:09

      The ANC need to make CT ungovernable as they've been rejected and they don't have a historical tie to the region. Hence the pathetic ANCYL doing their master's dirty work. The DA needs to get tough on these terrorists.

  • cayle.barsby - 2012-08-10 07:35

    Whats the protest about??

      fred.murgatroyd - 2012-08-10 08:14

      The protest is more about the ANCYL trying to make Cape Town ungovernable than anything else.

      blignault.michaele - 2012-08-10 08:49

      @ sanda, Education is free, the majority voted for the ANC, AA and BEE is alive, so why don't they uplift themselves....I never ever had or expected any hand-outs, what I accomplished in my life was done through self motivation and hard work...and yes the operative word is WORK!!

      sanda.mnyazi - 2012-08-10 08:59

      Please show me a tertiary institution where education is free in the WC, please

      patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-08-10 09:09

      The state they live under? Asked them they all have a RDP house or communial groud in Eastern Cape, but they want a second house in Cape town, and work, and better schooling, and better hospitals. So Sanda it is by choise.

      reveng21 - 2012-08-10 09:26

      @sanda.mnyazi - Please show me a tertiary institution where education is free COUNTRY WIDE, don't make this a WC problem when it's clearly the ruling party's problem...

      robqb - 2012-08-10 09:26

      @sanda.mnyazi. Show me ANYWHERE in the RSA where education is FREE! I'm glad my "kids" are working adults. School fees would bankrupt me.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-11 12:26

      Cayle no body knows not even the protesters.

  • paul.anthony.dawson - 2012-08-10 07:36

    Welcome to the Banana Republic. "The police were not immediately available for comment." For further updates please see Helen Zille's tweets... You couldn't write this stuff!!

      kala.bafazi - 2012-08-10 08:56

      "He said police fired rubber bullets to disperse the crowd" I'm glad nobody took police minister Nathi Mthetwa's seriously when he said the police would no longer use rubber bullets.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-11 12:28

      Paul Anthony Dawson, for someone living in a country belonging to others, we really don't need your advice.

  • patat.juju - 2012-08-10 07:37

    if inequalities , poverty and unemployment should come this way, making town ungovernable, there will be serious problem in the country , where are those nice policies ANC have developed to address this issues , y they are not implemented...the referee plz help.

      sanda.mnyazi - 2012-08-10 08:41

      A good question for Zille maybe? Pity you wont get any response

      patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-08-10 09:11

      Ask sneaky Fransman and his union friend Tony.

      peter.jeffrey.581 - 2012-08-10 09:33

      @sanda.mnyazi - As opposed to the ANC who does give answers? HAHAHA wake up

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-11 12:30

      Patrica, dewet.92. Don't ask Tony, he is too busy earning two wages every month.

  • frans.vanderpoll - 2012-08-10 07:44

    Why are they protesting and why throw stones at passing vehicles? So stupid! Oh! forgot they don't need a reason to protest anymore - they do it for fun these days.

      EricksonTL - 2012-08-10 09:26

      streetwise two and a t shirt?

      amanda.victor.92 - 2012-08-10 10:10

      Viva. Liberation before education! It's the ANC's calling card. When they can't do it through democracy they do it through violence.

  • Forest Gump - 2012-08-10 07:45

    complaining about no service delivery. how many of them actually work an pay taxes? I hate the break it down mentality of my people

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-08-10 07:46

    Then she tweeted more.

  • nibiru.sekkiejorge - 2012-08-10 07:46

    Did you notice the clothes he is wearing Does not look like he is doing too badly

  • colin.payne.921 - 2012-08-10 07:49

    As I always say: The African political mechanism is - If you can't deliver where you have power, then better to try and bring everyone else down to your level. Envy is such a destructive emotion, so all those people who are being wound up by the ANC into hysterical wanton acts of destruction, should look at what the other provinces deliver before wrecking what they have here. There can be no doubt in my mind that this is simply one further example of the poor people of our country being exploited for political sensationalism by those without any ability to manage!

      hendrik.verwoerd.94 - 2012-08-10 09:03

      Colin It is so nice to just comment from the outside. Go to the townships and see the poor service delivery for yourself. Water everywhere and poor housing built by the Western Cape Government you say is working so well.

      EricksonTL - 2012-08-10 09:27

      So... they should rather deliver nothing AND go bankrupt like ANC run municipalities? Logic lacking a teeny bit?

      peter.jeffrey.581 - 2012-08-10 09:33

      @hendrik.verwoerd.94 - Yes because all the townships in the ANC run provinces are run perfectly? hey? hahahaha

      darryl.maze1 - 2012-08-10 10:03

      @henddrik. Where do you get off saying the WC builds poor RDP houses?? Boet catch a wake up. The WC has built better and far more RDP houses than all 8 ANC run provinces. If ppl want water they must pay for it. I have been through townships. Ppl are to lazy to clean up after themselves.

      amanda.victor.92 - 2012-08-10 10:12

      @Hendrik - whose fault is that?

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-08-10 07:50

    Where's old skilpadvrekvandors?

  • gavin.lott.9 - 2012-08-10 07:53

    Has anyone else noticed all the tyres that are stored on the edge of the townships?...why don't they get removed?

      ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-08-10 07:59

      Because they are for decoration and nobody has the right to remove our types. Get that?

      gideon.keyser - 2012-08-10 08:23

      it must be stock for days like today

      riaan.mostert.58 - 2012-08-11 14:19

      Too bad they can't be used on ndyeborewhatever

  • jacque.fransman - 2012-08-10 07:59

    Well there you got it protesting again don't no why but nothing in is free go work I what they gonne do if they kill one of their own family member but they not better the animals who killed a innocent man for just buying food on Monday

      sanda.mnyazi - 2012-08-10 08:48

      Your brain is already on weekend mode hey, you just can't stop thinking about the klipdrift and coke already......wouldn't be surprised if you're already drunk

      peter.jeffrey.581 - 2012-08-10 09:34

      @sanda.mnyazi - your brain is apparently constantly in off mode lol

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-11 12:32

      Sanda, no need for you to try and drag this discussion down to your level.

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-08-10 07:59

    Why must the public be held at ransom for the selfish objectives of these criminals? It is the police's duty to use every form of force to quash these thugs. Stop using rubber bullets against murderers!

      sanda.mnyazi - 2012-08-10 08:49

      There is a difference between protesters and criminal, if you don't know I'd be free to explain.

      peter.jeffrey.581 - 2012-08-10 09:36

      @sanda.mnyazi - but there is no difference between a criminal and a protester that performs criminal acts, please use your brain

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-11 12:33

      Sanda, throwing stones at innocent passers by is criminal. Take it or leave it.

  • markmc83 - 2012-08-10 08:07

    This is an act of terrorism, the army should be sent to put an end to this.

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-08-10 08:17

      It's the ANCYL trying to make the city ungovernable

      sanda.mnyazi - 2012-08-10 08:50

      hahahahaha mark

      markmc83 - 2012-08-10 09:07

      I'm not sure in what way this is funny, a highway to a major international airport has been shut down. Innocent people who have no influence on service delivery are being pelted with deadly projectiles on their way to work causing wanton destruction of property and potential loss of life. It's totally unacceptable that they are allowed to continue with this. I understand that they are poor and the government needs to do more to assist them in their plight, however they are resorting to terrorism, this is something that cannot be tolerated. If they are allowed to get away with it they'll simply do it again whenever they feel they'd like to have their demands heard. Also the government is not totally to blame for their plight, there is allot people can do to improve their own lives. If I sat down and waited for the government to improve my life, I will wait for the rest of my life with no improvement.

  • duncan.gill1 - 2012-08-10 08:08

    I can only laugh,this protest was suspended cause some brain box realized Hillary Clinton was soon as her plane leaves C.T it starts again!This is nothing but ANC attempts to divert protest action away from itself and onto the has rabble roused the poor in C.T. squatter camps that it bused in after 1994.Let this show once and for all that this country will be dragged to civil war before the ANC will give up power,open your eyes civil society,do something now before its too late!

      sanda.mnyazi - 2012-08-10 08:51

      Why is everything about the ANC hawu it is a service delivery protest in the WC which the DA is ruling....... when is Zille going to take responsibility?

      EricksonTL - 2012-08-10 09:29

      when she gets additional funding for suuporting E Cape natives?

      reveng21 - 2012-08-10 09:34

      @sanda.mnyazi - do u know why they protesting? Or are you just happy that people are protesting in WC?

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-11 12:35

      Sanda, no it isn't about service delivery it is all about the ANC not being able to stomach having lost the WP. Typically they think that violence is the way. Well not in the W.P.

      charles.kunneke - 2012-08-11 12:55

      Protest is for children. Rejection is for grown ups. If service delivery is failing then the problem is with those responsible - Public servants. If you live in a shack then you are most certainly either a refugee or a member of the public. As a member of the public it is unacceptable to cry like babies and commit crimes to see change. Accountability and capacity is the underlying issue that very few people are able to comprehend without it being waved in their faces. Business - Employee fails to do job so boss throws rocks at passers by in street. Who is wrong? Is there any conceivable remedy to be found in such actions? Passers by make case against rock thrower. Employee gets fired.

  • sipho.zipi - 2012-08-10 08:08

    how much is it going to cost to repair that road .

  • Zahir - 2012-08-10 08:16

    Anc is creating employment in cape by renting a crowd to protest

  • The-Azanian - 2012-08-10 08:17

    Ohhhhhh...the best runned heaven @ it again. And zille's tweeter account is still running?

      riaan.mostert.58 - 2012-08-11 14:21

      It's actually twitter, you twit.

  • prieurp34 - 2012-08-10 08:18

    I think the SPCA should intervene and capture all those stray wild animals, maybe there will be place for them in Chimp Eden where they can cause chaos freely in their natural habitat! Where did you see \people\ stone bypassing cars with rocks ands stones because they are mad at the municipality or government??? They are all brain dead!

  • vandeventer.sarel - 2012-08-10 08:22

    Thats what happens when u win elections. Imagine the da wins the national elections, the anc and there supporters wil never accept it. We wil be stuck with this idiotic government for a long time and when the da wins at last it wil send rsa the same route as zimbabwe

  • vandeventer.sarel - 2012-08-10 08:22

    Thats what happens when u win elections. Imagine the da wins the national elections, the anc and there supporters wil never accept it. We wil be stuck with this idiotic government for a long time and when the da wins at last it wil send rsa the same route as zimbabwe

      sanda.mnyazi - 2012-08-10 08:53

      dont worry the DA will never rule SA!!!

      vandeventer.sarel - 2012-08-10 08:59

      Do u think i care who runs the country, i actualy love the way u guys run it. Its very amusing how stupid u lot are, the white man build the country, now u are breaking it down. Hahahaha. The funniest part is your very poor comrades suffering in the locations while your anc

      sanda.mnyazi - 2012-08-10 09:02

      I'm glad you don't care, now you can step aside and take a seat

      colin.dovey - 2012-08-10 09:05

      That is the subtle democratic difference between "RULING" and "Governing" ANC lackeys just don't get - The ANC is polluted by self-chosen cadres to enable filling one another's pockets, and feeding out of the pig trough. The DA, when voted in, will GOVERN FOR THE PEOPLE - nobody RULES us - that only happens in Communist ideology - the ANC is falling apart, and has NO leaders - the rate of UNEMPLOYMENT under their "RULE" has increased to amongst the highest in the world, and rising - and that is why the protests are taking place across the country, and the ANCYL is stoking the fires. Serious stuff. Consider evidence from just the past two weeks, for example, in Johannesburg’s distant Orange Farm township south of Soweto, where residents rose up against city councillors and national electricity officials because of the unaffordable R2000 installation charged for hated pre-payment.

      hendrik.verwoerd.94 - 2012-08-10 09:10

      Sarel I also vote for the ANC because I understand the plight of the poor. The DA will never be voted in as long as you have the mentality of the white people commenting on this site. Look at Namibia as an example and see that the whites tried and tried forming just an opposition. Why does the DA not try to get the majority of the people behind them before they talk of winning elections. They will first have to deliver to those people which they cannot as long as they only see to the needs of the minority.

      sanda.mnyazi - 2012-08-10 09:14

      Xavier you might wana check your stats again, as per the recent StatsSA study, unemployment has actually decreased, don't come and lie here, your comment about RULING and GOVERNING makes no difference, we are talking about service delivery here.... forget who RULE or GOVERN who

      peter.jeffrey.581 - 2012-08-10 09:26

      @sanda.mnyazi - Are you stupid? Service delivery has everything to do with the ruling party

      peter.jeffrey.581 - 2012-08-10 09:27

      @hendrik.verwoerd.94 - Well odne you voited for the ANC and where has that gotten anywhere? Last time i checked only governemnt officials are benefitting. ANC doesnt give a fk about even children look in the news if you dont believe

      Pietrov - 2012-08-10 20:39

      Ssanda thanks, we know very well that you and the anc are out to completely destroy our country so that there's nothing left for the d.a. to govern by the time you're through.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-11 12:37

      Sanda, only an idiot will say that.

  • quartus.vanzyl - 2012-08-10 08:26

    It is the ANC hard at work. nothing else.

      sanda.mnyazi - 2012-08-10 08:53

      Like you have been there and interviewed every single protester to know that they all belong to the ANC, well done

      hendrik.verwoerd.94 - 2012-08-10 09:13

      Because the people protesting are mostly black and you will need the blacks to win an election. You want to start talking to "them" as human beings?

      coenraad.vaneeden.5 - 2012-08-10 23:41

      Van zyl the Anc does not know the meaning of working they give T shirts and let others do the dirty dark stuff

  • jay.sean.792197 - 2012-08-10 08:28

    these people lived without electricity and water for thousands of years until the white man came now they must get everything for free??? sounds like a very bright and confident youth

      sanda.mnyazi - 2012-08-10 08:54

      hahahaha couldn't stop laughing at this comment, how old are you?

      peter.jeffrey.581 - 2012-08-10 09:40

      @sanda.mnyazi - Is it funny because its 100% true? Because it makes me laugh that it is true and you wouldnt be nothing without the white man time to get that chip off your shoulder your as worthless to this country as the sand below my feet

      rob.gunning.1 - 2012-08-10 09:53

      @peter - sand is pretty useful. It is used to make things like glass and mirrors. Maybe you should REFLECT on the usefullness of your worth. You may see that your racist attitude is not helping anyone. I hope you don't believe that as a "white" person you can take credit for other peoples success because you happen to be the same colour. Your double negative "wouldn't be nothing" means that it is because of white men that black people are in your view "nothing".

      peter.jeffrey.581 - 2012-08-10 10:16

      @Rob - I've tried not being racist, but when your talking to a racist theres no way around it, either way i dont care what you have to say about my comments.

  • spikes.joubert - 2012-08-10 08:31

    Ban Rubber bullets

      sanda.mnyazi - 2012-08-10 08:54

      Water cannons only

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-08-10 09:24

      Rather use AK's

      robqb - 2012-08-10 09:40

      @sandy. Wipe the sand out of your eyes and that cavity between your ears. Water is very scarce in the Cape, rubber or steel tips are plentiful and cheap!

      spikes.joubert - 2012-08-10 10:04

      issue live ammo and the disorder will stop pretty soon. Ban rubber bullets

  • darryl.maze1 - 2012-08-10 08:38

    Just another day in Africa. Its a free pass to not go to work. This just clearly shows you they can not think for themselves. They are so easily brainwashed by the ANCYL. The ANCYL leaders causing this should be arrested and held for treason for trying to make the western cape ungovernable. This is an ilegal march. Why they have got to go out and destroy stuff to protest we will never know. They have got to realise nothing is for free and if you want service deliveries then pay your rates and electricity.Be happy you live in the WC cause ppl living in townships in the other provinces are living in far worse conditions there that are run by the ANC.

      sanda.mnyazi - 2012-08-10 08:55

      What does the ANCYL have to do with service delivery which the DA is not delivering?

      hendrik.verwoerd.94 - 2012-08-10 09:15

      Darryl I also advised people to protest because of services that are not being delivered in the WC. Only then will the DA listen.

      bobo.jane.1 - 2012-08-10 09:18

      @ Idiot: I see u trolling around here just replying on every comment, whats your problem black man ??..were you part of the prostesters throwing rocks at my vehicle ?? would really love to meet you face 2 face and see if you really that brave alone and not behind 499 other good for nothing leeches.

      darryl.maze1 - 2012-08-10 09:19

      The ANCYL has got nothing to do with service delivery yet spell it or know the meaning of it. They are just out to cause trouble and to get a free day off work.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-11 12:40

      HendrikVerwoerd, you sound like a typial convert.

  • clive.kihn - 2012-08-10 08:41

    The ANC and its anarchic youth league have threatened to make the province and city "ungovernable" By definition this means they are committed to violence, vandalism and intimidation; for them to suggest otherwise is disingenuous. No word of condemnation has come from the ANC "leadership" provincially or nationally following the destruction of public property and the death of a bus driver last week, which is proof to me that they approve of this anarchy. I don't doubt for a moment that people have genuine and deep-seated grievances, and I also don't doubt that ANC structures are actively fanning the flames, but there are legitimate ways of expressing discontent without resorting to barbarism. What right have these people to stop hard working and peaceful citizens from earning their daily bread? Their selfishness and intolerance have no place in a democratic society. But then, as I've said before, the ANC has no interest in democracy, only in power.

      Bea Lombard - 2012-08-10 08:47

      well said. i agree.

      hendrik.verwoerd.94 - 2012-08-10 09:16

      The ANC won the democratic elections. DA won in WC only. Why does nobody want to listen to the valid demands of the people in townsips?

      clive.kihn - 2012-08-10 10:52

      @hendrik: and that's the point, the DA won DEMOCRATIC contests in the W Cape and the city of Cape Town, which the ANC doesn't like. Did the ANC achieve much - if anything - while it was (mis-)managing the city and province? I'm not suggesting that the DA is perfect - far from it - but the facts indicate that it runs a far more efficient ship than most - it not all - the ANC-run councils and provinces. Protest, by all means, but I am pleased to note that you don't attempt to justify the methods used.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-11 12:41

      CliveK yes and is this what is waiting for us in the future if they win the W.P. back?. The same mess as everywhere else?.

  • Ashley Keung - 2012-08-10 08:42

    Let's all quit our jobs , go home and just protest each day to the government so we can get everything for free. The ANC says that the DA only cares about the rich areas , but where does all the money in the budget come from , are the rich not entitled to any value for there money. These guys contribute nothing but expect everything for free.

      hendrik.verwoerd.94 - 2012-08-10 09:20

      Ashley you are still young. The majority of the rich got there because of their colour. We all want to live in this country together. We must stop seeing the blacks as the enemy. You need their vote to win an election. Become their friend like I did and realise we must stand together.

      malette.snyman - 2012-08-10 09:39

      Mr Verwoerd how dare you show your face here after the textbook scandal that was your fault - shame on you! LOL.

      peter.jeffrey.581 - 2012-08-10 09:46

      @hendrik.verwoerd.94 - No the majority got there because they work hard, you on the other hand just want everything for free like your ANC comrades. Blacks are not the enemy racist idiots like you are

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-11 12:44

      HendrikVerwoerd94. I was in the struggle, and you weren't. No one is looking down on black people. Stop being naive, get out there and help.

  • phumi.ntlabati - 2012-08-10 08:42

    We urge the National Government to invoke section 100 like in Limpopo and take over this ailing province that is only catering for the elites and well-off!It is clear that the "fit-for-purpose" and "job-for-pals" policy of the Undemocratic Alliance is failing our people in that colony! We appeal to President Kgalema Montlanthe to assist us!

      marleze.baartman - 2012-08-10 08:49

      Eish! These refugees, wish they can go back to their corrupt provinces and go protest there.

      darryl.maze1 - 2012-08-10 08:54

      Your ANC has failed the ppl in all 8 provinces they run. Your ANC politicians care more about enriching themseleves and living the high life while the poor suffer more. You are obviously getting a good back pay to right this garbage. The ppl who pay there taxes, rates and electricity deserve the service delivery. Why must ppl who do not pay a cent and litter the streets and destroy things deserve better service delivery???? The service delivery is not there to pick up clean up after you. They are there to collect. Its up to you to walk to a dustbin and to throw rubbish in the bins, but thats just to much effort.

      phumi.ntlabati - 2012-08-10 09:14

      The African people in particular and blacks in general were spatially placed in areas that are at the periphery of economic activities by the Apartheid and colonialist European regimes. The DA has perpetuated this racial excluvity and ensured that access to the most basic needs is only reserved for those who were previlaged. Zille and De Lille are too arrogant to even listen to what our people have to say. Just like the Nats they impose thier will on what our people should or should not have! If their views are listened to they walk out of meetings! I urge all the progressive forces to mobilise our people in the WC to occupy every leafy suburb until they get the kind of quality service they are enjoying!

      pwhanekom - 2012-08-10 09:20

      How about you start working for a living, buy houses, pay tax and receive service delivary? Like everybody else in the rest of the world!

      clive.toerien - 2012-08-10 09:26

      lol hahahahahaha thanx for the good laugh i needed that to start my day

      bobo.jane.1 - 2012-08-10 09:28

      @ phumi : Why you still here then ? Go to limpopo ...I hear it`s wonderfull this time of the year.

      darryl.maze1 - 2012-08-10 09:31

      @phumi! Blah blah blah blah. And what has your ANC done for your ppl? All they do is fill your heads with empty promises and enrich themselves. Stop making this about race. Your own government has let you down and there are 8 provinces to prove it.

      clive.toerien - 2012-08-10 09:33

      Darryl makes a good point

      peter.jeffrey.581 - 2012-08-10 09:41

      @phumi.ntlabati - the Limpopo where the ANC whats the children as dumb as the livestock farmed there? lol

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-08-10 11:37

      Its a crime that people as stupid as you should be allowed to enter into these debates phumi,now crawl back into your hole from whence you came IDIOT!GET THIS ONCE AND FOR ALL..YOU WILL GET NOTHING HAVE NOTHING AND BE NOTHING...As long as non-African people live on this will always,by your mentality,be 2nd rate,useless,dispirited,lazy good for nothing dregs of humanity...and guess what it's your fault cause you are so damn sorry for what you are..SUCK ON IT!!

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-11 12:45

      Dear Phumi and what good did it do Limpopo?.

  • Bea Lombard - 2012-08-10 08:46

    They think they are untouchable these barbarians. they clearly don't have brains for 'tact and diplomacy' only sticks and stones, so next time use real bullets and hand grenades. they should understand that.

  • Revelgen - 2012-08-10 08:51

    @p.a.dawson - your use of the outdated word 'proletariat' harks back to 1950's style Communist-speak. The wall has come down chum.

  • ralph.thornley - 2012-08-10 09:13

    Thomas Jefferson said it best: “Democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not”. The number of people now getting free stuff outnumbers the people paying for the free stuff. We have one chance to change that at the next election will we? "The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money." -- Margaret Thatcher

  • duncan.warburg - 2012-08-10 09:13

    I have a good idea, next time set alight to your own shack, that will show them who's boss!

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-08-10 09:13

    'He said police used rubber bullets to disperse the crowd' Oo no! Where are the water cannons you promised two days ago?

  • robynne.els.1 - 2012-08-10 09:24

    This rubbish is not about black people whining about white people! Its ill disciplined thugs that just break and destroy and use scare tactics to get what they want! I say replace the rubber bullets with real ones and you will very quickly see how they run away with their tails between their legs!

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-08-10 09:27

    But sometimes Iam impartially flabbergasted, to see some physcally 100% fit pple waiting for gorvenment to BREASTFEED them perpetually,Just imagine 4am braving this bittery cold weather , wasting their time even energy burning tires and harrasing other hardworking people. Yawn yawn ! So unxplainably mischievious and unbelievable.

  • mnbain - 2012-08-10 09:30

    That kind of protest deserves for the people to be circled off and arrested. Its ironic to have been arrested at a peaceful protest... sheesh

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-08-10 09:40

    Illegal immigrants protesting about services they don't pay for. In china they would just be shot.

      Harold Chisimba - 2012-08-10 11:28

      Oo no! Sum ppo use **** instead of dash dash.

  • Michael - 2012-08-10 09:40

    Reasonable consideration should be allowed for reasonable protest - as our "leaders" are keen on saying we should - - sit down around a table (or pot) and talk - join hands (or sever with machete)and tackle these problems together - correct the imbalances of the past (you give and we take) and so on, and so on..... As far as these a$$holes on the highway is concerned however, I believe their disobedience should be rewarded with a 2 minute warning followed by a fleet of bulldozers clearing up the path permanently

  • robqb - 2012-08-10 09:55

    Burning tyres on the roads,destroying the road. Taking steel bars/pipes to traffic lights, destroying said lights. The money used to repair all that was damaged by these protesters could be the money used to supply the things that they are protesting for. Makes you think! Wish they would.

  • rodney.bevan.58 - 2012-08-10 10:41

    @ Peterjeff, you couldn't be further from the truth, the rest of the world doesn't really give a damn about SA or it's people. SA is very rarely in any news item. Just because I don't live there doesn't mean I am not allowed to make comments, my entire family still live there, many friends still live there and I can tell you that most of the friends I have on facebook are clueless as to what is happening in SA, whether they live in SA or not. I read the news on here and 4-5 other news sites based on SA news, don't assume because I don't live there I have no idea what the reality is.

  • gregory.white.37051 - 2012-08-10 10:47

    When you have nothing - nothing has value. Notice that its the people with most to lose that in SA are complaining the most. That's normal and predictable. There is NO way South Africa will move forward until some form of equality comes to the people in the squatter camps. Show me even one Black person that will say no to a job. You wont find one. Their problem is that they expect the whites to provide their way out of poverty while voting in the ANC into power. Not very clever.

  • norman.smith.716 - 2012-08-10 10:47

    the question is not why are they protesting but in fact why are you not alongside them protesting . lets all help our fellow south Africans and topple any and all ruling party and government .. and make me king . i mean supreme leader . i mean the holly of holly supreme leader king smith ..

      gregory.white.37051 - 2012-08-10 10:51

      Best post I've read so far. I know it was said in jest but think about it. If it was possible, it would be a really good idea. But before it can happen, everybody has to realize that the ANC is the problem.

      izak.burger.3 - 2012-08-10 11:32

      That you misspelled holy makes it even funnier.

  • jones.mkandawire - 2012-08-10 10:53

    Thought all along its only the ANC that fails its people and never assumed the so called best run city would fall short of providing basic needs for the vulnerable and needy. Shame man, seems the cape is not for poor to enjoy. Better the ANC as they dont despise my poverty and desperations as they exactly know what Iam going through and i know they will one day heed my call

      gregory.white.37051 - 2012-08-10 10:59

      @Jones, they will not heed your call. Not now - not ever. One of the first requirements of a government is to be accountable. The ANC is not accountable. The prime minister should be forced to appear before the people every once a week to account. The way its done in England, which is one of the oldest democracies in the world.

  • carvern - 2012-08-10 11:13

    These people that is protesting about service delivery in an area that was deemed inhabbitable but they build their shacks there anyway now they shouting at the tops off their voices

  • el.torro.509 - 2012-08-10 11:13

    Firstly if the poor of cape town want to get people's sympathy this is the wrong way, attacking and disrupting law abiding citizens on their way to work (who's taxes are used to provide services) is clearly wrong, especially as the majority of these people are basically working so that they can afford to go to work again next week! What's more, where is the extra money for all these demands being made supposed to come from? Should we divert funds from other areas who pay tax, not a good recipe if you want to be re-elected! Lastly when there is already too little money why damage things which means they have to be repaired. Same treatment needed as the british rioters eventually got Harsh prison sentances for destructive behaviour!

  • Pietrov - 2012-08-10 20:36

    Seems to me that paulanthonydawson is an ANC troll. S/he obviously believes that the western cape government is responsible for the current situation where so many poor people are living in shacks but conveniently forget it was the ANC who set up the rot in the first place by actively encouraging poor people to move from the eastern cape to the western cape in an obvious effort to build votes. So paulanthonydawdson please go back into your hole.

  • konanani.rachicoper - 2012-08-10 21:52

    1 of the things l love about where i come from (venda) is that people there work hard for what they want thats y u wont see them protesting for free things,there is no living in shacks arms folded waiting for RDP houses and toilet come on!.its simple, go to school.

  • coenraad.vaneeden.5 - 2012-08-10 23:53

    No jobs \no food \no med \ no hospitals\ nothing will be available in 2years under anc rule they just don't know how.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-11 12:18

    Protest?. It was a bloody mess. Costing the tax payer lots again and what good did it do?. Of course the ANC and the ANCYL will be thrilled with the problems they have caused by using gullible people to futher their political agendas. Shame on them.