Protesters demand bribes from motorists

2012-05-18 22:10

Johannesburg - Protesting North West residents were soliciting bribes and stoning cars travelling between the Lesetlheng village and the Pilanesberg mine, police said on Friday.

"Drivers were allegedly requested to pay a certain amount of cash before they could be allowed to pass using that road," said Warrant Officer Sam Tselanyane. The incident happened on Thursday night.

A bus belonging to Amandelbult mine was set alight, but no injuries were reported.

On Friday, the protesters approached Kgamanyane High School pupils and forced them to join the protest.

Tselanyane said school management had no choice but to release the pupils to go home. The school had to close for the day.

Two cases of malicious damage to property were opened.

The Lesetlheng community has been protesting since last week over the non-employment of villagers and retrenchments at the mine.

  • Lacrimose - 2012-05-18 22:22

    iToll 2012

  • Lwazi - 2012-05-18 22:29

    Ya thats eTolling

      Ayefeli Mudau - 2012-05-19 02:54

      E-Tolling have started

      porshe.vrebec - 2012-05-19 07:09

      when the checks stop rolling,thugs take are wheel, just get close to my car window i mean closer fool.

  • Squeegee - 2012-05-18 22:38


  • bruce.boome - 2012-05-18 22:45

    I can't understand why the mine doesn't want to employ people who go around stealing, stoning peoples cars, setting mine property alight amd closing schools. What is wrong with them?

      Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-05-18 22:50

      Me neither.. They seem like the most honest, trustworthy, hard working, respectful bunch so it baffles me too..

      niel.burger.5 - 2012-05-19 07:23

      Apartheid will get the blame.....!!!

      Bless Boswell - 2012-05-19 07:29

      Of course it will get the blame.

  • Brad.Kopping - 2012-05-19 00:22

    "On Friday, the protesters approached Kgamanyane High School pupils and forced them to join the protest." and they wonder why they cant get jobs???? they take their children out of school to protest along side them!!! HOW MENTALLY RETARDED CAN A PERSON BE???

  • njdejager - 2012-05-19 02:00

    And funny enough our "law enforcement officers" aka SAPD does nothing to STOP the burning of the bus or the protesters blocking the road and asking bribes. They "monitor the situation" as usual in stead of taking action. They might as well not be there. Sad

  • Naps Tebogo Motlana - 2012-05-19 04:59

    jst leave da poor children 2 attend

  • patrick.saunders123 - 2012-05-19 06:31

    it's that old 'user pays' principle rearing its ugly head again. They learn from the anc.

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-05-19 06:38

    This is what SCAMRAL may resort to, stoning our cars as we pass through these gates. I can just picture it. Affirmative e-toll payment. I'll have to buy a hard hat to wear on my way to work. Cause, Hell no, I won't pay. I'll take the stoning.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-05-19 07:28

    I wonder why the minority does not set fire to schools and throw rocks at cars when we are retrenched or when we can't find jobs. I wonder how many robberies, hijacks, heists, rapes, murders etc are perpetrated by the minority. This comment is not intended to point fingers, but to highlight the fact that in spite of having a democracy, run by a government elected by the people, the people are still protesting, complaining and burning. Who is at fault here, the government or the people?

  • Ryno - 2012-05-19 08:18

    i am only shaking my comment...but the words "typical" "corrupt" "vandals" "useless" does come to mind

  • ian.levinson.7 - 2012-05-19 09:18

    fatkid mentality, this is the type that believes fatkid will give them farms and mines so they can squat on them, useless, dirty dishwater for brains

  • morapedi.tshwarelo - 2012-05-19 09:50

    i'll mentality, how can they stop students to go to school nd they need mines to employ the local people! Mines dnt jst employ, u need qualifications, so they must nt stop students to attend as they are future engineers!

  • Will - 2012-05-19 11:24

    I am from the u.S., so I know only what I read about S.A. Correct me if I'm wrong, but would this have happened pre 1994, along with all the violence and corruption?????

      georgebrightons - 2012-05-19 12:48

      Will, democracy is failing in South Africa. Racism is not gone. The people have failed each other and history will judge them.

      gouws2 - 2012-05-19 13:44

      The ANC faiIed this c0untry 0n their 0wn, and n0 it w0uIdnt have happened because 0ur p0Iice f0rce was 0ne 0f the best in the w0rId, and n0w its main g0aI isj0b creati0n f0r idi0ts, 27 000 p0Iice c0mrades cant fire their guns!!

      Jacqui - 2012-05-19 13:47

      Will, go read our history.

      Glenda - 2012-05-20 14:46

      Yes bobana69,sorry Will?

  • Jacqui - 2012-05-19 13:45

    The law of the jungle rules.

  • Gerhard - 2012-05-19 17:04

    Corruption rules. Not the government or is that one and the same?

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