Protesters cause Cape traffic chaos

2012-03-15 22:33

Cape Town - A large crowd of protesters blockaded the N2 incoming between Somerset West and Cape Town with burning tyres on Thursday night.

A witness told News24 that cars were driving on the wrong side of the freeway to avoid the chaos.

Traffic has since been diverted.

Charlotte Powell, spokesperson for the City of Cape Town's disaster management centre, said about 100 people are taking part in the protest near Spine Road and the R300.

According to Powell, the protest is about service delivery.

The witness, who spoke to bystanders, said they were unable to say what the protesters' grievances were.

There are also reports of stoning by a mob on the N2 in the same area.

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  • lydonmcg - 2012-03-15 22:41

    Sounds like typical ANC-incited nonsense to me. How on earth can you not know what you're protesting over? Lot of sheep.

      Myvision - 2012-03-15 22:51

      We thought all the protests were DA incited until we decided to listern to the people

  • Sharon - 2012-03-15 22:42

    They were unable to say what their grievances were??? How much were they paid, is a more appropriate question!

      richard.fahrenfort - 2012-03-16 09:58

      Although I agree that this reeks of a rent-a-mob, the article states that the journalist spoke to bystanders who didn't know what the actual protester's grievances were.

  • kgomotso.radise - 2012-03-15 22:44

    Ag shame!

  • Bokfan - 2012-03-15 22:47


  • bernpm - 2012-03-15 22:53

    "we will make the Cape ungovernable"....Tony r

  • Checkprop - 2012-03-15 22:56

    They don't need grievances to protest. It's their culcha!

  • Cayle - 2012-03-15 23:03


  • Tony Lapson - 2012-03-15 23:04

    100 people suddenly pitch up and do a specific task without explaining their 'grievances'.

  • faatimahhendricks - 2012-03-15 23:12

    And just today I read an article where the ANC said they wanted national government to intervene in the Western Cape because the pace of service delivery is not satisfactory.

      charmaine.rowlands - 2012-03-15 23:22

      perhaps the ANC should have a look at the other 8 provinces before they worry about the Western Cape.... what a lot of hogwash. Best run province in South Africa!!

  • Mark - 2012-03-15 23:13

    A culture of Nihlism

      Dave - 2012-03-15 23:23

      The majority of readers on this site would not know what Nihilism is. I can guarantee that 100% of the protesters, or the organisers, all the way up to cANCer Western Cape, would not know either.

      lategan1 - 2012-03-15 23:33

      Nihilism from the Latin nihil, (nothing) is the philosophical doctrine suggesting the negation of one or more putatively meaningful aspects of life. Most commonly, nihilism is presented in the form of existential nihilism which argues that life is without objective meaning, purpose, or intrinsic value.[1] Moral nihilists assert that morality does not inherently exist, and that any established moral values are abstractly contrived. Nihilism can also take epistemological, metaphysical, or ontological forms, meaning respectively that, in some aspect, knowledge is not possible, or that contrary to popular belief, some aspect of reality does not exist as such

  • Richard Cranna - 2012-03-15 23:29

    We don't have milk at work, let me go torch the place. Oh wait, I won't have a job if I do that. Rediculous!

  • Carel de Lange - 2012-03-16 05:33

    Rent-a-mob indeed! It is most certainly ANC orchestrated to shift the focus. Strange that they dont have a list of demands or grievances? Dirty politics, thats all!

  • Buhlebezwe - 2012-03-16 06:16

    People should not comment like kids when they live in big houses they earned through the blood and sweat of the people who were oppressed. You should be ashamed of reaping the fruits of blood and sweat. How long shall you belittle the aspirations of poor people. Will you be happy to have a toilet that is exposed; would you be happy living in a shack, will you be happy be squeezed in a taxi to work for two shillings. White people should think like human beings some times. Do they remember where we come from and who caused that. We are getting tired of people who benefitted from oppression and do not want to share those benefits with those who sold their labour power to create that wealth. Such people protest for Rhinos and Pandas; our people protest for shelter and food. Let us be realistic to the realities of the country we live in; let us not be physically in South Africa; but mentally in Britain

      makesuthink - 2012-03-16 06:34

      Bubbleandsqueek.Tell me how I benefitted from oppression. I do not own a house or a car. So you believe that it is right to destroy property.One of the directors of the group that I work for is black and the salary that he pays me is shocking so according to you I must burn or destroy company property because I do not own a house or car.I also see taht you or VERY old or not from RSA because shillings were replaced by Rands and Cents in th 60's. In any case I think your bruddas and sistas would love to pay 2 shillings (20 cents) for a taxi to work. Finally the people who are neniffing from oppression today are definiately not white

      ReaperAJ - 2012-03-16 07:02

      do you think then that only black people are poor? It really strikes me as odd how so many black people think all white people are wealthy and well to do. Many of us are also poor and battle daily for food and shelter and the basic necessities like keeping our kids in school. Yet you don't see white people going to the streets to create havoc and make a mess of their city. There are better ways to deal with these issues, ways that make people want to sit up and take an interest instead of saying, "there go the barbarians again". And incidentally, white people are no longer responsible for where the countries wealth goes, the BLACK government is, so stop targeting the whites and target the corrupt ANC instead. Actually see where the real problem exists for a change and get your heads out of the past.

      ReaperAJ - 2012-03-16 07:13

      and by the way, if everyone in South Africa were to be mentally in Britain, then we wouldn't have people overturning dustbins in the street and carrying on like savages, but rather people who are able to sit down and discuss the problems with a view to fixing them like civilised people in a civilised world. You don't see the British flocking to the streets in droves to destroy their city, do you? A rather costly exercise to clean up and repair and a waste of money and services that could be put to better use doing the jobs that need to be taken care of - the very services that the protestors are complaining about. I too do not think it is right for people to live in the conditions many are being forced to accept, yet the problem is not due to the whites. Before reformation hit SA, we did not have this problem of lack of housing and facilities. The problem is due to a corrupt government YOUR people voted for not delivering what they promised their people. Instead the parlimentarians live in splendour while not giving a damn about the real problems facing our country.

      Giftige_M i s f i t - 2012-03-16 08:47

      I think Mr.Sisonke just got a new keyboard & had to test it out,it is obviously working.Now please,look at your hand,make it a fist....and punch yourself !!!!That is all.

      elspeth.hassall - 2012-03-16 11:08

      Please explain "mentally in Britian"... if you look at the "white" population in SA, you will find that MOST do not come from Britian...???

  • christo.boshoff1 - 2012-03-16 06:42

    The ANC is again tryiong to de-stabilise the DA-Governed Western Cape. They dont believe in democracy, because they believe the ANC owns South Africa. This is just more nonsense to apparently prove that the DA dont deliver services to blacks/ANC members, but only whites...pathetic! The DA is a non racial party.

  • malcolm - 2012-03-16 08:23

    Reaper AJ. What are you smoking. The British are worse than any ANC protesters. Didn't you see the news a few months ago when they ran around smashing shop windows, looting and burning buildings. Look at all the football hooligans running amok after many football games.

      elspeth.hassall - 2012-03-16 11:14

      Yes there was a violent protest recently that got out of hand ... that was more about RASISM than service delivery & poverty. When, pray tell me, was the last time, in the UK, that "the football hooligans" ran amok after a football game?

      elspeth.hassall - 2012-03-16 11:17 spelling...RACISM!

  • johan.c.nel - 2012-03-19 12:34

    Having personally experienced a similar "episode" 2 Nov 2011 between Airport Industria and Borchards Quarry on the N2 (also late at night), it boils down to blatant Highway Bandits. These so called "service-delivery" protests on the N2 are pure opportunistic attempts to rob N2 road users of either personal belongings or vehicles itself when they get stopped. That explains why no grievances were voiced, just banditry.

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