Sasolburg protesters run amok, loot shops

2013-01-20 22:20

Johannesburg - Nearly ninety people were arrested during protests in Sasolburg on Sunday, Free State police said.

Constable Peter Kareli said the protest began around 09:30, when residents came out of a meeting about municipal demarcation.

The residents were apparently unhappy about plans to merge Sasolburg into the Ngwathe Local Municipality, which Parys falls under.

Kareli said the group divided into three, and the crowds began barricading streets, burning tyres and throwing stones at police cars.

Police tried negotiating with the protesters, but to no avail.

Windows were broken and shops were looted.

Kareli said police arrested 48 people in possession of goods looted from the shops.

A further 39 people were arrested for public violence.

The arrested protesters would appear in court soon.

He said that some parts of Zamdela village were without electricity, and protesters were trying to loot from tuck shops there after dark.

Police were keeping watch.

  • sharon.erwin.96 - 2013-01-20 22:26

    I suppose for some it is a day out... Look at picture, looks like a whole lot of fun was being had by all.

      lownabester - 2013-01-20 23:42

      And fun was had by all, stupid, they are crimals voting for Zuma, but they will never learn.

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2013-01-20 22:27

    Come out of a meeting and immediately start rioting and looting because they heard something they didn't understand and/or didn't like. Yet another perfect example of the sterling problem-solving skills we have in this country. The last 18 years have been a complete waste of time. Write all the policies, processes and procedures that you want, this is how things get done in reality

      georg.potgieter - 2013-01-20 22:35

      A friend yesterday asked me: How long can we still afford a democracy? I think he meant "of this kind."

      andrew.mackie.90 - 2013-01-21 07:14

      Dont forget this is the African way, as taught by the ANC revolutionists in the days of apartheid and now continues be a way of life in South Africa. Maybe one day these idiots will grow up and understand they have destroyed a beautiful country.

  • prince.zina - 2013-01-20 22:28

    Babaric actions and Criminal Acts

  • timgaulza - 2013-01-20 22:34

    Yes, this will make everyone sympathetic to your cause. You don't like it? You shouldn't have voted ANC.

  • sally.lewitt - 2013-01-20 22:40

    Barbaric freaking savages.. Go back and drag your knuckles on the ground again instead of destroying civilised shops and harming other.. Sorry you have no good examples to follow..

      larry.lachman.54 - 2013-01-21 06:06

      Spit and suck. Spit in the communal phutu pot, and then suck it all up again at election time.

  • Watkykj - 2013-01-20 22:45

    Wats new??? eish... Pls tell me what the shops have done to you?? Just an excuse to act like morons if u ask me...

      michael.tetley.35 - 2013-01-20 23:41

      Do some people actually need an excuse?

  • Mervyn Palmer - 2013-01-20 22:45

    The African way!!

      lacrimose.wolf - 2013-01-20 23:03

      The new normal

  • atkinsonc - 2013-01-20 22:48

    Our country seems to be on a downward spiral we seem to be fighting a losing battle so so sad.

      sally.lewitt - 2013-01-20 22:58

      Well look at the Leaders and you can SEE where its coming from.. and with a bit of insight, where all this leading to.. Obvious but don't want to think out loud..

  • Coert Welman - 2013-01-20 22:51

    I agree. The liberal application of live ammunition is more than justified in this instance. The herd needs culling. Our town is an absolute mess. So much for the so-called spirit of ubuntu.

  • bob.small.7547 - 2013-01-20 22:52

    A lot more of this to come in the near future...the beginning of anarchy! If you loot and break things during a"s anarchy, period!

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2013-01-20 23:02

    There is no hope for this country. I just wonder how long it will take before we have a full scale civil war against the barbarians in this country.

      ThinkingChick - 2013-01-21 06:58

      Of course there is hope. The next elections will be the first ones those born post-94 get to vote. The same ones with very little chance of getting employed or getting a tertiary education. The same ones who have finally been given (albeit a bad) but equal education. You think they are going to blindly vote ANC?

      Erna - 2013-01-21 23:51

      In your version of a SA civil war who will be the two parties. The strikers against the anc?

  • Erna - 2013-01-20 23:03

    The people of SA are never happy and then to show their displeasure, instead of addressing their anger at those who caused the displeasure, they steal from their own people. Where is the sense in that?

  • lourens.erasmus2 - 2013-01-20 23:09

    This is the town i grew up in and trying to merge a relatively well run municipality with a complete dysfunctional one like parys is absurd. The protesters have good reason to be unhappy but again it just turns to anarchy.

      Jo.Davies123 - 2013-01-21 08:28

      I live there and i can testify that the municipality is not well run. There are always problems with overcharging bills, cutting people off "in error", lamp posts which are fallilng over despite being reported, roads crumbling to pieces (road past Letabo power station to Vaal dam). The only reason the people want to keep them is due to the extremally low tariff they receive in Zamdela. Which is seldom paid.

  • rory.n.price - 2013-01-20 23:11

    Homesick really miss home

  • hudayfah.newman - 2013-01-20 23:25

    Hey, atleast they're not walking their dogs. So they should be fine.

  • phindile.zina - 2013-01-20 23:35

    Criminals took advantage of the situation, I don't think that they were even aware of what the protest was all about, bloody opportunists!

      michael.tetley.35 - 2013-01-21 10:25

      Ah! Always "criminals". Millions and millions of them, here there and everywhere. I'm afraid that excuse is wearing a bit thin. No shops to loot in Marikana but criminals also blamed for the resulting carnage, same for De Doorns. Behaving the way they did does however make them criminals after the fact. More likely the organizers unable to control their followers after stirring them up. Not saying they shouldn't be protesting but do it peacefully and don't resort to criminal behavior.

  • MuttleyScholtz - 2013-01-20 23:57


  • mantsho.tlali - 2013-01-20 23:59

    Why some black people behave like this, you will never see whites in this behaviour at all, that is why western countries look down on us Black Africans, because we dont know nice and good things, all we know is to destroy and behave like Animals, look at Africa it is a failed continent, Someone needs to stand in front of the people and tell the truth ,that it is only them in the whole world who dont know how to build Anything.All we know is to cause havoc most of the time and behave like lunatics.

      womba.wonder - 2013-01-21 00:30

      Read up on the Sans Culottes of France, 1789.

      rocco.dewet.3 - 2013-01-21 00:54

      1789 happened over 200 years ago. But you are right, the veneer of civilization is thin. And that is why this kind of behaviour should be aggressively discouraged.

      guru100 - 2013-01-21 01:59

      I can build many things, rather speak for yourself

      manngo.thakhani - 2013-01-21 06:40

      Again with the generalisation. These are savages. You don't sound like you'd behave like that but you have identified yourself with the crowd in the article. It's statements like this one that fuel racism.

      ThinkingChick - 2013-01-21 07:01

      You see to have forgotten the riots in London last year. You think they were all black?

      elaine.appelgrynhenning - 2013-01-21 13:23

      Thank you for hitting the nail on it's head.

  • chris.buchner.12 - 2013-01-21 00:05

    Where on earth do these people get tires from?? As soon as a strike starts there's a tire to burn do they know what a tire is worth? I pay nearly 500 per tire! And they make smoke signals with it...

  • phoebe.moranye - 2013-01-21 00:22

    Ppl I dnt understand Y would u call those ppl animals. I mean if u have been to parys u will knw Y these ppl a reacting the way they do. Ppl frm Parys dnt pay rates

      rocco.dewet.3 - 2013-01-21 00:55

      So why do they continue to vote ANC, when the ANC cannot deliver?

      manngo.thakhani - 2013-01-21 06:31

      But they are acting like animals, who go around destroying stuff they need to use tomorrow.

  • ildiko.richardson - 2013-01-21 00:26

    The sad part is 37 years after 1976 Riots the picture remains the same dispite the change in Governments and the leaders, the people still have the same attitude to a problem....... DISTRUCTION. Oh I cry for my BELOVED country.

  • sally.lewitt - 2013-01-21 01:53

    I think there is an underlying problem here.. Its all Bafana Bafanas fault and they are showing their dissatisfaction by acting just like hooligans because BB can't play soccer!

  • Don.Tandy - 2013-01-21 03:29


  • Malesela21 - 2013-01-21 03:59

    Do we really have to be destructive, violent and loot whenever we aren't happy with decisions made by municipalities/government? why not rather take a legal route?, tomorrow you'll want to buy bread in those same destroyed shops, you'll want to use those same destroyed roads. Get some freaking sense into your water filled heads, douchebags....

  • cindi.maseko - 2013-01-21 04:04

    As a Sasolburg resident, I don't seem to understand why Ace Makgashule wants Sasolburg to fall under Parys, whereby Parys its a small town. Is it the authority he thinks he has, is it because its where he comes from. It doesn't work like that. The man is not wanted in Bloem, Kroonstard and other places because of his thinking. Where is the R20m he stole. Quoting from his words Sasolburg residents will go to Parys and issue their IDs there. We so angry, none of such would happen

      neo.mokhobo.5 - 2013-01-21 22:12

      Ppl sasol is not going 2 fall under Parys its a merge of 2 municipalities 2 form a metro,I wonder u evn knw wt is a metro municipality coz uv bin told lie dat sasol is going 2 fall under parys

      neo.mokhobo.5 - 2013-01-21 22:12

      Ppl sasol is not going 2 fall under Parys its a merge of 2 municipalities 2 form a metro,I wonder u evn knw wt is a metro municipality coz uv bin told lie dat sasol is going 2 fall under parys

  • graham.dutoit.12 - 2013-01-21 04:07

    zuma's african culture again!?

      themba.thwala.775 - 2013-01-21 05:46

      ANC culture of hooliganism, not African at all

  • richard.lemmer1 - 2013-01-21 04:29


  • irene.hutchins.1 - 2013-01-21 04:33

    Brainless idiots ! All they know about is stealing, throwing stones and setting fire to property. The poor shopkeepers work hard and everything gets stolen an destroyed ?? Educate these people, if that is possible?

  • christopher.collings.9 - 2013-01-21 04:55

    Leaving that dump of a country was the best thing I could ever do! Rainbow nation ja right HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

      Trevor Moller - 2013-01-21 05:34

      Leaving the dump sounds similar to the landfill sites when the rubbish leaves the dump to get tossed into the landfill hole

      terence.wessels - 2013-01-21 06:15

      Yes Christopher. There is nothing left here to be proud of or defensive about. I still live here, but would leave in a heartbeat if the opportunity presented itself.

      Zahir - 2013-01-21 21:01

      Banana republic not even a country

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2013-01-21 05:03

    Inciting useless, havoc causing violence in this country is easier than lighting a fire. Really going backwards at the moment.

  • Muffin_man_can - 2013-01-21 05:13

    Primitive and barbaric!

  • chris.vandermerwe.560 - 2013-01-21 05:15

    Proudly South African!

      themba.thwala.775 - 2013-01-21 05:47

      It's wrong to attribute ANC hooliganism to the entire SA.

  • dudley.joubert - 2013-01-21 06:00

    Animals! ...and next election they will just vote for the same people again. How stupid are you people!? Fire all of them ungrateful bastards!

  • nhlapop - 2013-01-21 06:06

    As if Nathi Mthethwa will attend this problem soon. No I have urgent meetings that I have to attend, where I'm going to misuse tax payers. Let alone our President, he's busy with Lobola negotiation. To our people, you have a right to strike but not to dstroy properties. It hurt so much when people strike this days compare what happened at marikana will aslo happened when they strike.

  • nuus.reeder - 2013-01-21 06:09

    So a simple issue like demarcation of boundaries gives people enough fuel to motivate them to burn and loot. I wonder how they will react to a serious issue. It seems to me many in this country have lost all self respect, or never had it in the first place. Any excuse to break, but to get them to create seems impossible.

  • tk.king.752 - 2013-01-21 06:14

    only in south africa

  • williamjoseph.roberts - 2013-01-21 06:16

    Here we go again.

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2013-01-21 06:20

    This is why they "protest" so that they can steal,destroy and do other criminal acts. They should be shot,with live ammo and left where they fall. They deserve this.

  • Mariaan Viljoen - 2013-01-21 06:21

    Don't pay rates? Phoebe, perhaps you must go back to school? Oops! Your school had been burnt! By people like you that talk without knowing anything. Wake up please, you're still fast asleep

  • thaluki.malema - 2013-01-21 06:26

    Anarchy reins since 1994 due to the incompetence of the corrupt ANC Government

  • Brian Dorning - 2013-01-21 06:46

    Well done ANC!

  • - 2013-01-21 06:48

    I happened to pass through Parys on Saturday and was shocked to see the rubbish, potholes and general dereliction of the town. It looked as if it had never seen a clean-up over the last century. What was obvious is the roads were coming adrift in most areas.

      Jaap - 2013-01-21 07:47

      ZION, That is why we must not fight the name changes for the towns and cities. It is actually a shame to keep on calling them Parys, Pretoria etc. They deserve and live up to the new Black names, a total shambles, lack of pride and mismanagement!

      Sarel Brits - 2013-01-21 19:45

      Well not since 94 anyway

  • graeme.stockwell - 2013-01-21 06:51


  • chris.potgieter.73 - 2013-01-21 06:56

    This is more proof that the current crop of corruptist's that purport to be the liberators seek to ensure that they stay in power by not educating their voters. They are guaranteeing a new era of racist tendencies amongst all South Africans.

  • terence.wessels - 2013-01-21 07:11

    It seems to me that maybe the NP were right about the swart gevaar. Pity FW handed us over unarmed. Traitor.

      Sarel Brits - 2013-01-21 19:47

      The NP was kiss ANC ass longtime its CP and that was warning that this will happen

  • hannesenbrianda - 2013-01-21 07:26

    Just to state that people protest because they are unhappy about merging munisipalities are not enough. Why are they unhappy about merging - give us the facts? Maybe they have a good reason. I hate that SA's protests always end up with damage to some innocent third party's property. But then I will not expect that anything will happen to the protestors that have been arrested as this is the way it is done in SA (with the esception of right wing protestor the will rot in jail for life for a similar offence).

      Erna - 2013-01-21 23:35

      These people don't need a reason to behave like hooligans.

  • theprof - 2013-01-21 07:33

    It is bacause the majority of black Africans are fatalists, they do not take responsability for their actions

      Jaap - 2013-01-21 07:50

      Theprof, to take responsibility you must have at least some form of values!

  • tshe.molete - 2013-01-21 07:48

    Metsimaholo and Ngwathe have not been amalgamted just yet, it was a proposal, and should it be accepted it will be implemented after 2016 municipal election. Idea behind amalgamation is possibilities of having another metro municipality in Free State, second biggest one. The open consultation process is still on by Demarcation Board, to our people who are agrieved make proposals to demarcation board, that is democracy and I belived somebody must have spread wrong information. brouwse demarcation board website and leave this right-winger who think with brains while braaing.

      Fishlus - 2013-01-21 09:15

      @tshe.molete - your comment had value until you started with your racist utterance at the end of your post. You have ensured that you have relegated yourself to the same level of the protesters. in the words of JR'Never miss a good opportunity to shut up'

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  • lauzanne.r.botha - 2013-01-21 09:03