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Roodepoort protesters block roads

2014-01-15 17:19

Johannesburg - About 100 people were protesting in the Princess informal settlement in Roodepoort, on the West Rand, Gauteng police said on Wednesday.

Residents wanted better service delivery and houses, said police spokesperson Donia Mothutsane.

The protest, which began early on Tuesday morning, involved residents burning tyres and throwing stones at passing motorists.

"Two cases of malicious damage to property were opened," Mothutsane said.

No injuries were reported and no arrests were made.

Johannesburg metro police spokesperson Wayne Minnaar said residents blocked off Corlett and Main Reef roads in Roodepoort.

"It is not safe for motorists to use the area," Minnaar said.

He advised motorists to use Ontdekkers Road instead. Police were on the scene.

Comments
  • Graziella Uncensored - 2014-01-15 17:27

    Gauteng is burning. When is the ANC going to announce the election date. I am also asking myself a question that comes up almost daily when I watch the violent protest - what on earth are children doing in the streets when these kind of things take place.

      Rachel Chitehwe - 2014-01-15 17:56

      Learning from their elders. Same when there is mob justice in action

      Jurie Nel - 2014-01-16 08:42

      Oh yes Leonard, you will, most certainly. "Self defence" is only applicable if your life is in imminent and immediate danger.

      Frank Reid-Robertson - 2014-01-16 10:34

      I also dont have a house should I also stop buses and set them on fire, destroy infrastructure that i know my taxes pad for?

  • Owen Dell - 2014-01-15 17:32

    Vote CancER, the people are so happy !

  • Andre Lombaard - 2014-01-15 17:32

    Bl*ks*m, where do they get all the tires they burn?? haha

  • Raoul Duke - 2014-01-15 17:37

    [Quote from article] The protest, which began early on Tuesday morning, involved residents burning tyres and throwing stones at passing motorists. Again they damage the road surface. Why were they not arrested? Secondly, they are ticked off with the municipality and yet they throw stones at other peoples vehicles! I swear the next tim I drive through a pothole and my tyres get damaged I will to their location and start stoning their houses!

  • Zuki Hlubi RalaRala - 2014-01-15 17:40

    Imagine you drive your dream car that you pay hard for , some spoilt strangers who demand your tax money smash it with stones and you must say its normal ,to hell with violence and madness we work hard for our property therefore we need a peace of mind , we owe no residents

  • Leon Mason - 2014-01-15 17:59

    Residents wanted better service delivery and houses, said police spokesperson Donia Mothutsane. Well then those Resident will have too get too the back off a very long line.

  • Martin Bekker - 2014-01-15 17:59

    I use to live in princess in the 90,s ,it was a nice suburb with water , electricity and sewerage infrastructure maintained by the council. This was destroyed by squatters and theft of infrastructure materials and private property. there suffering is self made ,,,i have n pity.

  • Michael Kleber - 2014-01-15 18:03

    If i want to move another city , firstly you get a job , then a place to stay , then you move , but here people move from zim , natal all the provinces build a shack on some vacant land , then demand housing , water etc. if not met then protest as is the case here

  • Willem de Haan - 2014-01-15 18:12

    Same old story every day. Becomes rather boring. No solution on the horizon anyway.

  • Tracey Du Plessis - 2014-01-15 18:26

    Here is the funny part... The majority of those squatters are on a privately owned farm and just moved in and took over and the owners have been battling for years to have them removed and no success to date and that battle is about 20 years or close too... Now they just moved on the property illegally and have the audacity to protest for service delivery??? What about the legal landowners what must they do???they can't even sell the property. Where is their compensation

  • Martin Bekker - 2014-01-15 18:35

    I use to live in princess in the 90,s ,it was a nice suburb with water , electricity and sewerage infrastructure maintained by the council. This was destroyed by squatters and theft of infrastructure materials and private property. there suffering is self made ,,,i have no pity.

      grant.wright.18 - 2014-01-15 19:38

      That's all they know.... They will kill themselves so it's best to leave them

  • Themba Mzukulwane Ka-Ndlavele Thela - 2014-01-15 19:51

    The next thing they will throw stones to police,.and police will shoot them,...and it will be yada,yada..blah..blah..blah,police are criminals in uniform....but them protesters throw stones at passing motorists and damaging property...and its okay?mxm..

  • Paul Cleverley - 2014-01-15 20:59

    Pay for services and perhaps they'll be delivered. Try being a week late with your electricity bill and come home to a house in darkness, live in a squatter camp, steal electricity, water, demand that the refuse be removed, demand that the drains be fixed, demand demand and piss everyone who just wants to use the road to get to work off.

  • Linda Van Sittert - 2014-01-16 08:01

    its official, come election every moron crawls out his/her hole and tries to burn SA to the ground. Can the ANC please go pass out food hampers and falls promises to prevent any further damage to our already crap roads..

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