Protest closes down Cape Town road

2012-08-13 14:18

Johannesburg - Lansdowne Road in Khayelitsha was closed on Monday morning after protesters blocked it with rubble, Western Cape police said.

Captain Frederick van Wyk said the section of the road between Mew Way and Spine Road remained closed by 13:00.

The situation was under control, but police would continue to monitor the area, he said.

Earlier, the city's disaster management centre said a group of about 200 protesters burnt tyres and scattered rubble in Duynefontein Road, between Lansdowne Road and Vanguard Drive, on Sunday night and in the early hours of Monday morning.

Spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said a large contingent of police officers were on high-alert after information was received that various groups wanted to disrupt Cape Town.

Eight people were arrested for public violence, five by the SA Police Service and three by metro police.

Last week, more than 60 people were arrested following protests in Gugulethu. Petrol bombs were hurled at police officers and an Eyewitness News vehicle was stoned.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille said the ANC Youth League was behind the protests in the Democratic Alliance-led city.

The protests seemed to be driven by the "reckless political rhetoric of the African National Congress Youth League and other groupings", she said.

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  • harry.steyn - 2012-08-13 14:24

    you got your houses and toilets and you broke it down with axes pangas! just open the roads before someone gets hurt! So sick of protests but no initiative!!

      anri.tredoux - 2012-08-13 16:01

      Back in the day 'Apartheid' they used the army to keep things under-control. Now if they bring in the army it will be a lol moment because this time it will be their on people who needs to bring them under-control..

      Jason - 2012-08-13 18:08

      The Picture says it all......"We want houses and electricity". I also want a house, but im going to have to work hard and earn the money to buy one, and in the meantime i will have to rent!

  • leon.j.steyn - 2012-08-13 14:41

    I just got this email now. Can anybody please verify? We were just informed by the Traffic Department of Cape Town that the ANCYL will be having protests tomorrow in and around the Cape Town area. Roads that would be affected by these protests: N2 (Cape Town + Central); R300 + Vanguard Drive (Maitland + Epping). Landsdown rd and Duinefontein (Wynberg, Deepriver,Westlake). We are not sure how these protests would affect these areas/roads but we were warned that it could be dangerous for all road users.

      jmsepmybr.zuma - 2012-08-13 15:30

      Just Load Your guns and head that way Dude!!

  • amanda.k.marais - 2012-08-13 14:44

    I was driving on the N2 this morning from Somerset-West towards the City. The protest action is highly inconvenient and I feel that it should rather be called "acts of violance and attemted murder". These protestors are "peacetakers" instead of being "peacemakers". It is time that the ANCYL be held responsible for causing hatred and violance amongst the people. There are better ways of getting attention than this kind of behaviour.

  • - 2012-08-13 14:55

    The only mistake Hellen made was to call these peple refugees in their own country thats why, so lets c hw this will be solved

      Jason - 2012-08-13 18:21

      Your statement just proves your lack of knowledge surrounding this topic. i suggest you go back and check your facts! Helen made a statement the Students coming from the Eastern Cape to attend schools in the Western Cape were student refugees, or something to that effect! The ANC jumped on the band wagon and blew it out of proportion. These so called protests have nothing to do with that!!!

  • stefan.kruger.1297 - 2012-08-13 15:01

    This is crazy stuff!!

  • Greg - 2012-08-13 15:16

    Guys, They are poor desperate people... For years promises have been made, but nothing happens. What's more important, the quality of life of our people, or to further empower the already comfortable people in the cities? (spending millions on things that aren't as important) Its not just Cape Town, its capitalism as a whole as it has no interest in providing for the people, but rather to make as much money/growth as possible Have a bit of a heart for these poor and desperate people. I am not condoning their behaviour, but don't be so quick to judge when you have a warm shower and bed to climb into at night and they don't even have a toilet. The government needs to improve their situation. Its what they are their for... 10 years later, nothing has changed. No wonder they are burning tyres.

      patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-08-13 17:11

      Greg I am sorry but this is not about service. They sit at home doing nothing, why don't they ask the municipality to show them where to dig the trenches for waterpipes, electrical cables, holes to plant poles for electricity. They should do it for free because they want it for free, not paying for it, they want the taxpayers to pay. It is time they start doing for themselves.

      michael.i.wright - 2012-08-13 18:33

      "For years promises have been made, but nothing happens." And for those years and more to come they will vote for the ones who break their wild promises. hard to muster sympathy for that.

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-13 15:18

    Take your stupid lame protests to the people that made the empty promises, namely the ANC. Stop inconveniencing ordinary people who have nothing to do with your stupid government. You voted for them, you take your complaints to them. One ANC thug - one bullet.

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-08-13 15:19

    What is more sad is that they ruining their streets. Khayelitsha is a mess

  • mabandla.magoqwana - 2012-08-13 15:22

    what is really we want as the resident of khayelitsha from the city? we've got houses and in 2 years we sell those houses coz of greedy of money .even myself i stay in a shack but violence protest is not solution maAFRIKA. there is more important things to protest for than these nonsense.

      alfred.willie - 2012-08-13 15:38

      Ndicinga ulandela igama lakho. Angeke \tu\ wena use what they term themselves, \ violent protest under any circumstances?\r\nIt's not for the first time we heard this.

      alfred.willie - 2012-08-13 15:38

      Ndicinga ulandela igama lakho. Angeke \tu\ wena use what they term themselves, \ violent protest under any circumstances?\r\nIt's not for the first time we heard this.

  • masixole.mqolo - 2012-08-13 15:26

    There is nothing more dangerouse than a polotician in deniel that means she won't be doing anything about the problem well miss mayor the people are actually protesting because of no service delivery its a shame that instead of adressing the problem you will go and blame other parties I'm a young south african who grew up in that khayelitsha I'm currently living in Qatar because my country has nothing to offer for me it sadens me to see that nothing has changed its a shame that people will make silly coments here its winter in cape town and our own people are living like animals yet you people that are so nice and comfy in your heated homes have the nerve to make silly coments I also blame you people of khayelitsha there is no point of re-electing a government that does not care about you self inritchment and racisim is a huge problem in the goverment at home it will always be like this

      darryl.maze1 - 2012-08-13 16:12

      Where do you get off saying nothing has changed?? You dont even live here. Boet, the WC is the only province that is working hard to make ppl happy. We are the only province building more RDP houses than all 8 ANC run provinces. PPl are leaving those province and are coming here to the WC because here everything works and money is well spent. The only politicians in deniel are the ANC. Besides them living in big heated comfy houses, owning 4 luxury cars, having massive parties and fancy expensive weddings they are the ones who should be ashamed. Its your own government that does not care about its own ppl except come elections. So please stay in Qatar, you have no say here at all.

      grant.hide - 2012-08-13 16:18

      Make yourself a piping hot cup of coffee and sit down. Now spill it all over yourself. Wake up man, She didn't make the empty promises. Go where all our contribution money is being spent, aka in ANC led provinces.

      patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-08-13 17:16

      Please stay in Qatar before you also want a free house, free water, free eletricity.

  • leon.roelofse.9 - 2012-08-13 15:41

    Seems that we are going backwards. The ANCYL just validates that democracy isn't really happening in South Africa. Seems that Phumi is under the same illusion. We have worked so hard to get where we are now and a bunch of illiterate thugs are ruining years of progress. The ANC is justifying their behavior because the military hasn't been deployed to deal with it. I really think the goverment should stand back and take a good look at themselves.

  • jmsepmybr.zuma - 2012-08-13 15:47

    Ya well!

  • alfred.willie - 2012-08-13 15:51

    During the apartheid era, there were people like these commenting here, some of us lost hopes as there were warned that they will grow up behind bars like our tata of the nation, but here we are, Yes O' Yes there are many sons and daugters passed away, that's why the freedom we had does have stability.\r\nBantwana baka - tata u Tambo,\r\nWe need a word from I delakufa like umalema in this case.\r\nThe freedom song says, don't look back but forward, \mela I lungelo eli lelakho mngane wam !

  • shellerjc.rjc - 2012-08-13 16:10

    The new nathional anthem for South Africa. I want, oh I want, just give me just give me, or i will burn the tires. Oh i want Oh I want. Just GIVE IT

  • ken.grimblegrumble - 2012-08-13 16:16

    There is no way the city must clean up this mess. They made it and so they can either keep it or clean up. The days of scum breaking things and good people cleaning up must stop.

  • nicole.bowes.54 - 2012-08-13 16:47

    If service delivery is not up to their standards - there are 8 other provinces that they can go live in!!! sick and tired of all this "i want, i want" what gives you the right to get everything for free but i must pay for everything - equality runs through all races and faces and you get what you EARN!!!

  • pierre.shamley - 2012-08-14 08:56

    Personally, I think that if the people stayed in their own provinces, in stead of flocking to the Western cape, we would not have this problem. If you cannot contribute here, stay where you are! Stay in the Eastern Cape where you come from and protest there to your heart's content. \r\n\r\nAlso. If you cannot see the political puppetry at play here, you are a complete and utter moron. Not too long ago the ANC wanted to merge the Eastern and Western Cape. Remember that? Now go and put two and two together. \r\n\r\nIn their defense, a braai on the N2 does actually sound like a super idea! I should try this one day!

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