Protesters destroy R2m of Cape Town property

2012-06-29 11:22

Cape Town - Recent protests around Cape Town have resulted in damage of more than R2m to city property, the city said on Thursday.

Traffic signs and signals had been vandalised and roads had been damaged by burning tyres, transport and roads mayoral committee member Brett Herron said. The repairs could take up to three months.

Herron said this affected road users' safety and service delivery, as money allocated for goods and services would now have to be diverted for repairs.

He said the situation was ironic as the protests had largely been centred around the need for improved services.

"We are appealing to protesters to take responsibility for their actions and to conduct their protests peacefully. The senseless destruction of city infrastructure serves no purpose and finds us taking steps backwards instead of forward."

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-06-29 11:40

    Disgusting,i thougt this country had a chance,agents are try do destroy the DA.tThe relevant organisation must be charged.

      procold2 - 2012-06-29 12:49

      must be the refugees

      Steve - 2012-06-29 13:33

      All just the cANCer way of trying to discredit the DA. They so desperately want to gain control of of the WC and will try any dirty trick. Wanker Trolls.

  • - 2012-06-29 11:48

    Has a law not been passed recently where a union concerned with the protests have to pay the damages.

      lydonmcg - 2012-06-29 11:49

      This is a service delivery protest...there is no union.

      stevemoss4 - 2012-06-29 12:22

      no union involved Zion

      emile.vanrayner.7 - 2012-06-29 13:26

      yeah, you can always find a loophole in sa. cosatu will have less "official" protests and instead focus on inciting spontaneous riots within communities to (i guess) "further" their "cause"

  • hester.ferrezuelo - 2012-06-29 11:54

    I can't wait for the day that I can read that the black people protesting marged with discipline and respect of other people and property. The very people destroying these things are the very people complaining that there is not these things in place. How does it even begin to make sense.

  • Msika - 2012-06-29 11:56

    They were creating job opportunities in a sense that there will be poeple employed to clean up the mess caused by the protesters. The provincial govt in that province is the letting those poor poeple down.

      Raymond - 2012-06-29 12:28

      Poeple? Haha, true!

      Raymond - 2012-06-29 12:58

      Apart from your pathetic spelling, you make no sense at all. In your mind, is it OK to break and destroy everything in order to create jobs? You are mentally unstable.

  • dorothea.dotty - 2012-06-29 11:57

    for years these fools got the sympahy of the world.... but even with 18 years of democracy, they continue to behave like absolute morons... the level of intelligence in SA is appalling. how do you ever expect to build up a functional society when so many people seem intent on breaking it down? these things happen because of the black mentality - not because of apartheid/past regime/colonialism etc. they were killing, destroying and maiming well before they were faced with the pale faced europeans. their legacy continues.....

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-06-29 13:27

      Mohsu, in Eeurope they don't burn tyres, nor do they necklace people. Being angry is one thing, demanding what isn't yours is quite another.

  • - 2012-06-29 12:12

    If "protesters" come onto my lawn, and break stuff, and hurt people, I call the police, or I shoot them. Why not do the same in your city?

  • vmeiring1 - 2012-06-29 12:21

    And I'm pretty sure it's ANC supporters

      maliviwe.gongxoza - 2012-06-29 12:56

      I don't know where does this come in, ANC has nothing to do with protests. Leave the liberation movement olone.

      Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-06-29 13:11

      Don't think these protestors vote DA..

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-06-29 13:30

      Maliviwe, if the ANC kept it's promises and build houses and created jons istead of finding R2bn for a jet for Zuma, the people wouldn't have to complain.In other words the protests are directly linked to the incompetence of the ANC.

  • Avesh Athmanand - 2012-06-29 12:43

    Stupid people do stupid things. Why am I not surprised. Tip for protesters, go to the ward councillors who promised you the world for your vote and hold them accountable, not infrastructure, you silly fools. Take them councillors to court for breach of promise !!!

  • Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-06-29 13:10


  • luvo.luvos - 2012-06-29 13:26

    So sad is the situation. Protesters nowadays resort to the burning of tyres which dramatically reduces a road's design life. The state has to get funds to repair what was in a perfect structural condition and divert funds that were reserved for other important tasks. And they keep on voting the same party despite evidence that their dreams will never be realised. Not that the DA would fare any better!!

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