Protesters blockade roads in Soweto

2014-02-28 08:59

Johannesburg - Protesters on Friday blockaded roads in Pimville, Soweto, with concrete dustbins, burning tyres, and stones, Gauteng police said.

"It's bad now," said Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela.

"They have put a lot of things on the roads because they don't want cars entering Pimville."

Makhubela said traffic on Chris Hani Road had come to a standstill. No arrests had yet been made.

Residents were protesting against pre-paid water meters.

On Thursday night, protesters blocked the same road with burning tyres and rocks.

Some cars were pelted with stones but no one was injured.

The situation calmed down overnight but resumed in the morning.

  • Paul Stanley - 2014-02-28 09:06

    Just Typical, They want everything for free when the rest of the hard working taxpayers must cough up. Cut the water off if they don't want to pay for it, that will sort out the problem. I am sick and tired of people wanting everything for free, is becoming a bad mentality in South Africa.

      Pierre Pretorius - 2014-02-28 09:18

      Why aren't these people at work? Didn't the ANC promise them jobs a few times? 4 million jobs? 5 million jobs? And now, 6 million jobs?

      Revelgen - 2014-02-28 09:19

      The ANC inculcated a culture of protest, now it's coming back to bite them on the bum. But the police need to take stern action against violence and looters. 'For everything that is "free" (e.g. electricity, water, healthcare, education etc), some else has to pay for it'. And as one of the 6.6 million actual income-tax payers (out of 53 million) I am sick of seeing my hard-earned cash going to fund the luxuries of a corrupt and incompetent government who steal billions every year. So half of me actually sides with the protesters. But things will NOT change until we have an efficient govt in power (and that certainly would NOT be the EFF, led by a proven fraudster). Vote the ANC out these elections. Over 20 years they have proven they cannot govern properly.

      Kuda Paul Van Yoro - 2014-02-28 09:20

      Typical capitalist you are sir. Water is a basic right and the privatisation of such a resource is totally wrong. This has nothing to do with tax money!

      Ricky Correia - 2014-02-28 09:22

      The only thing that has changed since the 70's and 80's is the quality of the photos. But we have a good story to tell, don't we Mr President?

      Mc Apple - 2014-02-28 09:23

      @Kuda Paul Van Yoro: Then tell me, why do I have to pay exorbitant amounts to the ANC lead municipalities for a right that others get for free?

      WE Werner - 2014-02-28 09:24

      @Kuda then go and drink water in the river , don't demand clean running water in your house , for that service you have to pay

      Jon Low - 2014-02-28 09:46

      Water is 100% free. If you lie on your back in a rainstorm with your mouth open.

      Jonathan Woods - 2014-02-28 10:15

      Ayanda nothing in life is free except for the air that you breathe. Anything that has infrastructure attached to it also has a cost. And where there is a cost, someone has to pay. And as your beloved president keeps saying it should be based on a user payment basis, just like his explanation for e-tolls.. If you want it without paying for it go to the river or the storm water drain and collect it yourself. If you want it from a pipe and tap and you want it clean and safe to drink, then you pay for it. And if you don't like either of those options. Then you really have no right to exist! Your choice!

      Mitesh Dahya - 2014-02-28 10:19

      @Kuda, if water is a basic right, why are the rest of us charged for running water???

      Freddie Miller - 2014-02-28 10:28

      Poor timing as far as the ANC is concerned. Coming a day after their staged service delivery protest in Cape Town yesterday. They would have hoped to get more mileage out of that... oh well there is always pooh to fling.

      Freddie Miller - 2014-02-28 10:32

      Colin, it is "wee deemand". "I want" shows ambition and a will to progress, followed by actions to achieve those wants. "We demand" is more their style.

      William Wallace - 2014-02-28 10:54

      These blokes in SA really like chaos and anarchy don't they!? I mean just look at all the fun the guy in picture is having swinging around that burning tyre! Fun man! Why work when you can protest and destroy property all day long, it's not as though you need the income, you'll just wait for a food parcel. Not long now "comrades" just a few more burning tyres and few more dead protesters and South Africa will finally have the poverty and famine which is present in 95% of the rest of Africa! Amandla!! Just one thing I was wondering about though, when protesting, why destroy the atmosphere by burning tyres? What has mother nature ever done to you? Do they realise that there are young children breathing in the toxic fumes? No wonder South Africans are generally uneducated, all the toxic fumes adults breathe in as children are inhibiting brain development!

      Njabulo Toriz Mbatha - 2014-02-28 11:26

      Basic needs, if you can't afford the rich citizens from the suburbs will have to pay. Its the circle of life, and the ones blaming the ANC govt. they are wrong, you have never been to Soweto, all along water was free/cheaper than the price of bread during the ruling of the apartheid government. And it is not like people of Soweto they are fighting/protesting for free water, they just want to be billed at the end of the month... Tjatjarag judgemental factless people!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Njabulo Toriz Mbatha - 2014-02-28 11:30

      Funny how people are quick to judge, as if people from Soweto do not pay tax. We all pay taxes and until the previously disadvantaged are having equal benefits, we will fight. Aluta Continua

      Gabriel Mabitsela - 2014-02-28 11:31

      Mr paul u benefit freely from the previous regime n it was ok with u bt when is tym 4 black 2 benefit lyk u did 2 u guys is a big issue n I'll lyk 2 knw y.

      Paul Stanley - 2014-02-28 12:31

      Dear Gabriel, To say I benefited from the past is nothing but looking over your shoulder when trying to move forward, all you will do is fall flat on your face. We did not get things for free then, and I don't understand why you make such an issue to demand things for free now. We all have to work, and for a lot of people they have to work a lot harder these days just to make ends meet because of increased taxes, e-tolls and higher petrol prices (Not to mention half of the government is stealing our hard earned taxes). Stop demanding things for free, because at the end of the day someone has to pay for it. Be a good hard working South African and try and make a difference, that way is the only way forward. By the way you spelt your comment though, I doubt very much that you have the mental capacity to hold down any meaningful job, so good luck with your demands.

  • El Torro - 2014-02-28 09:06

    Are we to conclude from this that the ANC doesn't care about blacks? After all isn't this the accusation levelled at the DA whenever "service delivery" protests occur?

      Mc Apple - 2014-02-28 09:26

      Hehehe Mr. Torro, you don't know the ANC very well do you.

      El Torro - 2014-02-28 09:32

      The problem with that Ayanda is that by putting the price up means the rich will use less water and invest in boreholes etc, then what happens....oh yea there's even less money to spend on giving people free water....oh dear bit of a fail there! Do you work for Eskom by anychance they seem to have the same mentality

      Ricky Correia - 2014-02-28 09:42

      Ayanda, nowhere in the world do citizens receive free houses, free water and free electricity. Isn't it time that you realise that your beloved ANC lied to you just to get your vote ? The sooner you realise this and vote with your head and not with your prejudiced ways, the better you will feel about yourself. And if every citizen in this country did the same, maybe the majority of the population would be happier than they are now.

      Eugene Fourie - 2014-02-28 09:46

      Currently the so called "rich" are seen as the white man on the street...they want to drive them out and take what they currently own..problem is when all the so called "rich white folk" have been disowned/left they will turn to the "rich black folk" for freebies and unfortunately the race card can't be used anymore.That's the problem with a socialist state..

      Iszi Doe - 2014-02-28 10:07

      Ayanda Bleatbox: "We were promised free houses and free water and lectricity" So you acknowledge you support demagogues yet you are too blind to see the truth and/or too stupid to realise you are being led by the nose!

      Fortes Fortuna Adiuvat - 2014-02-28 11:08

      Ayanda, Wasn't it you who said the other day that if you want something to work properly, you have to pay for it (etolls)? Hypocrite

  • Piet Pompies - 2014-02-28 09:07

    You have to pay people.cant get stuff free anymore go fill yoyr bucket at nkandla

  • Piet Pompies - 2014-02-28 09:07

    Go fill your buckets at nkandla viva

      Colin Craig Broadfoot - 2014-02-28 09:18

      From the fire pool.

      Ian Despy - 2014-02-28 09:59

      Blockhead Blockade Brigade...New party BBB

  • Zeffington - 2014-02-28 09:12

    You cannot protest against service delivery if you are not paying for service delivery!

  • Tian Nel - 2014-02-28 09:18

    where is the anti-Da and anti-western cape racists now?

      Mc Apple - 2014-02-28 09:26

      Breaking things and setting tires on fire.

      Mc Apple - 2014-02-28 09:49

      @Ayanda Koza: When last did you buy peanuts? Do you know how much they cost these days? Paying someone peanuts is over payment. We need a new currency. Paying someone peanuts is not economically sustainable.

      John Stoltz - 2014-02-28 10:09

      Ayanda, you are the biggest fake just looking for some attention, which you obviously do not get anywhere ! Deep down you feel exactly like the rest of us, but that wont get you such attention as going against all intellectual logic !! You still can get help for your condition you know !!

      Gabriel Mabitsela - 2014-02-28 11:25

      Ayanda never b intimidated by thumbs down cos this is how they are when sum1 cum with the idea of improving blacks. Ayanda me n u n others were the son and daughters of this mother land n we can go 2 Zimbabwe cos we are real african unlyk them hu dnt hv the identity. They benefit a lot 4rom the previous regime n as usual they dnt want black 2 benefit, they feel happy when were are their slaves. M nt an ANC nor EFF. Bt I hate this kind of mentality were WHites want Blacks 2 remain poor.

  • Nicky Coleman - 2014-02-28 09:24

    Ag shame do they now have to pay for what other has had to always pay for....I think pre paid water meters are brilliant. Life is not for free leaches.

  • Craig Thom - 2014-02-28 09:24

    the same protesters will vote ANC in May,go figure!

  • Ikageng Seokamo - 2014-02-28 09:26

    I lived in Pimville. Living standards are really good there, roads, lights, water, everything is there, FOR FREE.Its ridiculous that they refuse to pay 4 water. They have a very bad mentality. They rent rooms out because of demand in the area. Really this is sheer selfishness. What must people do in Ga-Khunwana, where there's hardly water.

      StormyWeather - 2014-02-28 09:49

      Well said Sir! I wish others could understand that one cannot possibly get everything for free.

  • Gynormous Dixie - 2014-02-28 09:27

    sh*ts on fire yo.....

  • criticallyhonest - 2014-02-28 09:29

    Amazing!!!! Almost every time anyone criticises the ANC's claims that SA is a better place up come the comments that we must look at the wonderful place that Soweto has become. Really now, let's get to the root here. If Soweto has been made such a wonderful place by the ANC what exactly are these hooligans complaining about?

  • Winifred Watson - 2014-02-28 09:33

    What exactly do the black people want in this country.....all the land, free electricity, free water, free transport, free housing, free medical, free schooling, free university, free money in the pockets every month and they dont have to work, they can sit on the fat arses and smoke and drink and have sex 24/7. After 20 years it should be obvious that if you want services you have to pay for them. Now would'nt life be wonderful if you dont have to work and everything in the land is free. Must be heaven on earth.

      Jonathan Woods - 2014-02-28 10:49

      Seriously is it really any wonder that for the two thousand odd years they have slaves to someone else. And in all that time there has been ZERO development on their own!

  • musal - 2014-02-28 09:36

    I hate dis idiot, y he had to use Bucs jersey on his protest

      Mc Apple - 2014-02-28 10:31

      Yeah, you know how much they cost?

  • criticallyhonest - 2014-02-28 09:37

    and another perspective... If anything is provided for free or at a subsidy (including water, healthcare, education etc) it obviously is being financed by someone else...and that someone is NOT the Government and nor is it the ANC! OK, so it is reasonable that the wealthy assist the less fortunate, no problem with that......within reason. But how about some real recognition and perhaps just a little gratitude? Fat chance I guess!

  • Robert Keene - 2014-02-28 09:38

    This outrageous civil disobedience is becoming "tyresome"

      Mc Apple - 2014-02-28 10:31

      No no, they burn those.

  • jungleboy - 2014-02-28 09:40

    One of the cornerstones of sound, qualified leadership requires the courage to be honest on all levels. The ANC have made undeliverable promises and continue to do so daily, so much so that, the promises made become ever more fanciful and untruthful. Combine this with culture of entitlement (clearly, a part of their revolutionary doctrine) an you can expect the streets to burn. Its time for them to be honest with the nation, show real leadership and admit that they can not meet all the aspirations of this country. The time for propaganda, electioneering and lies is over.

      criticallyhonest - 2014-02-28 09:42

      The problem with your suggestion is that such a radical change in approach would mean that the ANC would have to join the DA!

  • Grill Conexion Mofolo - 2014-02-28 09:49

    When I criticised the Mayor, and the MMC for Infrastracture last year October regarding lack luster performance, the MMC thought I was rude. But I dont understand why people become helpless when they carry the vote! Make a difference in May this year and VOTE ANYTHING BUT ANC.

      Jonathan Woods - 2014-02-28 11:09

      Mofolo, I am sure you must have watched some of the breakfast indabas that they have held and shown on SABC TV. The ruling party are with doubt the most arrogant liars in the nation. And they hate when anyone dares ask an embarrassing question!

  • Ogone Thataone - 2014-02-28 09:51


  • Sean Lock - 2014-02-28 09:53

    Protesting cause they have to pay for a SERVICE they receive ???? Typical !!!!!!

  • Ken Amery - 2014-02-28 10:01


      Mc Apple - 2014-02-28 10:32

      lol you know why Ken.

      Spijo Skhokho - 2014-02-28 11:15

      @Ken you have never been xpose to being poor. Most Blacks in SA wake up everyday for peanuts while they have to feed their children. Rich people must pay for the poor to benefit too

      El Torro - 2014-02-28 13:24

      Spijo rich people well actually the middle class already do pay, we pay extra on electricity so that some can have it for free, I dare say water is the same once you have used up your free allocation and we also pay tax which is supposed to be used to aid the poor....what more do you want>?

  • Craig Lowe - 2014-02-28 10:06

    One would assume the said protest is not approved, if so by not arresting the protesters the SAPS are themselves guilty of complicity, charge the SAPS !

  • John Stoltz - 2014-02-28 10:10

    Why not send in Mac or Jackson, to explain that they are having a better life that before ??? Certainly these protestors will settle for a T-shirt and food parcel to forget for the next 5 years !!

  • Civil Moabi - 2014-02-28 10:11

    EFF if voted in power it will remove all those meters

      El Torro - 2014-02-28 10:17

      If EFF voted in it will remove South Africa from the international community

      Gabriel Mabitsela - 2014-02-28 10:59

      M nt an ANC nor EFF bt truly speaking if we can go on with this free things believe u me were r going nowere n we will end up being a joke of the world than now. People hv to pay water, electricity n the rest cos the water is nt from the river 2 them it get clean first. Good luck banana republic.

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2014-02-28 10:12

    That is what you get when you promise people everything for free and then you want them to pay for water. Wait till you have to tell them there is no longer money for all the benefits you use to tie them to you. Then you are screwed, good and proper.

  • Biker_SA - 2014-02-28 10:16

    This is what happens when you vote ANC. Blame the ANC for all the protest

  • Willem de Haan - 2014-02-28 10:28

    People, let us stop commenting on these events. It is the NEW RSA we live in and rioting has become a daily occurrence - if not here then it is elsewhere. I can assure you, this will not stop and the "government" will not change. So let us just leave it, let them have their fun, let the cops shoot a few now and then. This no longer is our country, it now belongs to the ANC and its cohorts. It was Mandelaland, then it became Mbekiland and now it is Zumaland. That is the reality. No point in remembering the days when you couild sleep with your windows open - they are gone. So, put up your security, look the other way at the robots and other beggingspots, watch the rugby and try to sleep at night. Alternatively, if you can, flee this sinking ship. They will hate you for it and call you a rat, but you will be a free, live rat. Look at Jon Low, he made the wise choice. He chose freedom.

  • Apostle Ncakeni - 2014-02-28 10:33

    The oppressors who r called ANC r revealing their true colours and people have decided to wake up only after 20 yrs. People are only becoming aware that the better life 4 all they were promised is poverty

      Mc Apple - 2014-02-28 10:38

      But they are communists, they should be happy. All communists are poor except their leaders.

  • Carol Otto - 2014-02-28 10:55

    Residents were protesting against pre-paid water meters. off cause they are they want it for free

  • Spijo Skhokho - 2014-02-28 10:56

    but they voted the ANC

  • Edward Edward - 2014-02-28 11:26

    you people are heartless... people do not work, because there are not jobs. and there are no jobs because you, you the people from Nethelands or wherever took their land and power. ..

      Dbat Bat - 2014-02-28 12:14

      They don't want to work, and they want everything for free

  • Robert Keene - 2014-02-28 12:59

    New Olympic sport - Flaming Tyre hammer throw?

  • Reubenette Jolene John - 2014-02-28 13:59


  • Mavis Vermicast - 2014-02-28 14:17

    Let them drink coke

  • Magda Ahmed - 2014-02-28 14:26

    Yes i read this story and many others before, and as many of the comments as I could. What a disaster our human race face! "Dog eat Dog days" have come.Not just racism etc etc. but while all this goes on SATAN takes the lead and "END OF DAYS" is here. How do we account for our souls then??? Maybe we should turn our faces towards His light andhe will set us FREE.

  • Roelof Louw - 2014-02-28 15:14

    This kinda crap was dealt with very well pre 1994... They would have called in the SADF to sort all these protests out... NO PROBLEM!!! WISH WE COULD GO BACK TO THOSE DAYS!!!

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