Sandton roads to be closed for protest

2012-08-30 08:07

Johannesburg - Roads in Sandton will be closed on Thursday from 13:00 until 17:00 for a protest around the Discovery Leadership Summit, Johannesburg metro police said.

Motorists were advised to avoid Alice lane and 5th street as it will be blocked off Thursday afternoon, spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said.

"Protesters plan to gather at the Alice lane intersections at around 14:00," he said. Minnaar said there would be a heavy police presence.

On Monday, the Muslim political party Al Jama-ah said it would protest against former British prime minister Tony Blair outside the Sandton Convention Centre, where the conference is being held.

Al Jama-ah leader Ganief Hendricks said the demonstration would be held to support a warrant of arrest to charge Blair for crimes against humanity relating to the invasion of Iraq.

"It is hoped that one or more demonstrators will be able to make a citizen's arrest on the day and put Tony Blair in jail and extradite him to the Hague for trial," said Hendricks.

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  • Hemlock - 2012-08-30 08:21

    I can see this getting out of hand. For goodness sake people, give it a rest now!

      chris.novak.9235 - 2012-08-30 08:44

      "It is hoped that one or more demonstrators will be able to make a citizen's arrest on the day and put Tony Blair in jail and extradite him to the Hague for trial," said Hendricks. Hahaha...Idiots!!

  • logical007 - 2012-08-30 08:28

    don't people work??? everyday some group is marching, striking, stripping their clothes off in protest about something! Try working for what you want.

      john.bucknall.1 - 2012-08-30 11:08

      Oh well, it's Sandton's chance to have property destroyed, Cape Town is getting a break today

  • seath1 - 2012-08-30 08:29

    For the sake of all the people murderd in his name. (someone please arrest him)

      chris.novak.9235 - 2012-08-30 08:47

      Then you going to make a citizen arrest to everyone that was involved in the Iraq war...they got their own hidden agenda, Al Jama-ah leader Ganief Hendricks, he wants to start sh*t when there is nothing to start!

      rick.kabose - 2012-08-30 09:40

      There is no arrest warrant from the ICC. Arresting him will result in him suing the $%!t out of the SAPS for an unlawful arrest.I'm sure the cops need the money to by more ammo for the next illegal strike that turns violent.

      john.bucknall.1 - 2012-08-30 11:34

      Yeah dopy, what about all the innocents murdered in the name of Allah

  • iceman196 - 2012-08-30 08:29

    anything not to work, dimwits

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-08-30 08:36

    Damn now everyone is going to be stuck in traffic AGAIN! Parents warn your children's schools if you are going to be late picking up your child or try and make other arrangements. People with meetings. I suggest you rather cancel. Traffic will most probably be a mess.

  • kala.bafazi - 2012-08-30 08:47

    If the Muslim community want to obtain a warrant of arrest then surely there are proper channels by which to do this. Why do the rest of, in this case Sandton, have to be inconvenienced by their stupid demands. If you are so against Blair and Britain go over there and disrupt their lives and stop inconveniencing us.

      Hemlock - 2012-08-30 08:51

      Well said kala ....

      zaatheist - 2012-08-30 10:03

      Pity they never protest about the atrocities committed on a daily basis in Pakistan, Nigeria, Kenya, Iraq, Iran, Indonesia, Somalia, Iran, ...... That they never do is a clear indication that they actually approve or are too scared.

      dnxumalo2 - 2012-08-30 11:03

      So it is stupid to you to get try and get murderers arrested.Blair is a criminal, a torturer, a thief and every word that you can call someone who killed thousands of women and children and in the end he had nothing to show as an excuse for his crimes.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-08-30 11:46

      Dawood Does Kosovo have oil ? Saving people (muslims)from ethnic cleansing is bad I suppose . Does East Timor have oil ?

  • dirk.naude.12 - 2012-08-30 08:51

    Pro Blair! Pro Israel! Why don't these idiot protestors go and deploy in the middle east and see what the hell is really going on instead of ranting in Sandton. Cowards hiding behind innocent civilians. Soldiers deployed fighting these... got it tough and it so quick for some moron and avid wiki readers to point fingers from the comfort of an airconditioned room.

  • aspruyt - 2012-08-30 08:52

    "...for crimes against humanity relating to the invasion of Iraq" lol what are they smoking? Toleration goes both ways! Stop extremist from polarising everything.

  • gift.mushi.9 - 2012-08-30 08:54

    Where are the Gautrain Buses going to operate?

  • zane.zeiler - 2012-08-30 09:02

    Hey, SA might have it's very first suicide bombing today! But jokes aside, what do these people really expect to accomplish today? Arrest Blair? Really now...

  • clem.human - 2012-08-30 09:07

    As usual, Muslims are happy if a Muslim like Sadam, practises genocide on the Kurds, invades neighbouring countries, is involved with Iran in a 20-30 year war, but if Sadam is overthrown by a non Muslim, then 9-11 if just fine and celebrated by most of the Muslim world. How many had pictures on their walls at home? What is happening in Syria? Where are similar protests? Please note that South Africa tried to support the Gaddafi regime regardless of human right abuses - where were these Muslims then? Mad Bob is also just fine and doing a great job in Zimbabwe. What about the R2 billion loan to Swaziland? What about their human rights record? If Britain and America are such bad places then why do Muslims want to live there? the answer is obvious - money is more important than their faith! Please remember that I am no supporter of Blair; just sickened by the usual hypocrisy.

      dirk.naude.12 - 2012-08-30 09:19

      Exactly, thanks for pointing this out.

      Martin - 2012-08-31 14:38

      Perhaps, but that is a strawman argument. Tackle the issue at hand.

  • barry.ahern.3 - 2012-08-30 09:10

    For DAMMIT sake, dont people have jobs to go to, or something better to do that protest. Its like the favourite past (present) time of South Africans. Work? No...lets go protest instead, ill bring the tyres, you bring the pangas. What the hell man, damn country is going insane. Country doesnt get better by not working and protesting, it gets better by hard work and sacrafice. Hence why our country is going backward. Oh, and how can we hurt our counries already tarnished reputation? We try arrest a ex british primeminister. Insane!!

  • Blackmista White Whitemista Black - 2012-08-30 09:12

    We don't need Islamic fundamentalism mushrooming in this country, this protest gives us a bad name..If this was not an Islamic religious party protest, that would be something else. I hope the ugly face of fundamentalism does not rear its head in this country.

  • foreignem - 2012-08-30 09:22

    Make a citizen's arrest on him and you will appear on the UK and US's list of terrorist.

      chris.novak.9235 - 2012-08-30 09:31

      Haha...did not think about that.

  • gjfnicholson - 2012-08-30 09:31

    What are they gonna protest for, they didn't experience the events in the middle east. Muslim extremists are probably just above the anc on idiot level

  • jannie.kotze.7 - 2012-08-30 09:55

  • ricky.steege - 2012-08-30 10:14

    ha,ha,ha, You dumb idiots, you really think you will be able to arrest him,what a joke.

  • anakin.skyvader - 2012-08-30 10:26

    Hier kom nou groot K*K...

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-08-30 10:36

    The clowns of South Africa..................eish all this protesting is going to their heads. Will kentucky also be served.

  • customdesign - 2012-08-30 10:38

    Wish they could protest somewhere else- it's going to be a pitch getting home today

  • andrew.surtees1 - 2012-08-30 11:38

    HEY Tutu why dont you put some army gear on and go over there, thay will change your point of view, you like a little school girl who causes trouble!

      andrew.surtees1 - 2012-08-30 11:39

      and clearly these people who are protesting have no jobs and have nothing better to do, get on with your own problems and find a job you bunch of fools!

  • bobo.jane.1 - 2012-08-30 18:00

    Tony (B)liar came to have secret discussions with the Marxist ANC regime...He is about to throw money into their pockets after the London..Sorry I mean Lonmin mine episode, to make this "Problem" go away..Typical..English Randlords. How conveniant to blame the Boers of SA for everything going wrong.The ANC is just too happy to accept their Pounds and in return blame the ANC failures on the SA White man.

      glen.e.huysamer - 2012-08-30 18:22

      You can bet your bottom rand on that one..... I personally can't see why he is here, in South Africa invited by whom and for what? There can be no good coming out of this guy's visit to South Africa, already his presence here is dividing South Africa's sentiments and it would have been best if he did not come here parading his British bottom as important when in actual fact he is not a popular world figure here and is not liked here at all by the majority of South African's So you must be right Bobo. he is here, sent as the messenger to buy out more of the ANC... ... what else?

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-08-30 18:10

    There is an organization based in Wales offering a reward to anybody that even makes any concerted attempt at arresting him. The pot as it stands is a few thousand pounds, it is online at rest assured there will probably be a well publicized attempt.

  • Martin - 2012-08-31 14:40

    There is nothing remarkable about Blair as a leader. I still cant understand why Discovery hosted him. What positive difference has he made in the world >?

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