Security hassle for motorists in Mangaung

2012-12-15 19:04

Bloemfontein - Trying to get into the ANC conference venue in Mangaung was like crossing a border into another country on Saturday.

On Friday, the media, staff and police officers moved swiftly in and out of the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, where the event would be held starting from Sunday.

Twenty-four hours later, it was a different world altogether. The number of police on duty had increased. Accredited journalists and service providers could no longer drive into the venue.

All vehicles were directed to go get accreditation at the nearby Tempe military base. At the entrance of the base, soldiers carrying assault rifles directed queuing traffic to the accreditation centre.

Vehicles, including those of cabinet ministers, ambulances and service provider's trucks all queued in a kilometre long line.

It took an hour to get to the search point. Armed officers ordered drivers and passengers to get out of their vehicles while sniffer dogs did their work. Among the various police units at the centre were intelligence officers who were part of the search team.

Passengers went to a separate room where they were searched and their luggage scanned. Car bonnets were opened and scanned, and registration plates were scanned and captured on camera.

The vehicles then had to join a convoy which is led by a police officer on a motorcycle to the university.

Some motorists avoided the hassle and opted to park in an open veld outside the campus.

If a motorist chose to leave the campus, police officers removed the sticker of approval and the vehicle would be subjected to the search process again if it was to be allowed through again.

  • werner.nel.712 - 2012-12-15 19:17

    Bangbroeke, scared that your own tactics come back to bite you?

      lownabester - 2012-12-15 20:33

      Yip we will pay for the safety of a bunch of morons. Wait until the chairs start flying. The sport has just began.

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-12-16 08:05

      Who is controlling the lot lizards??

  • alan.davis.5249 - 2012-12-15 19:18

    And in the meantime, crime runs rampart in the rest of SA as all the police "Seems" to be busy at this event!

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-12-16 08:05

      More fun than the townships though..

  • frans.vanderpoll - 2012-12-15 19:20

    I can't give two hoots about these people and their problems. I do however have a problem with the useless sAbNC not showing the upcoming cricket test series. Why do we still pay tv-licenses? If it was Zim against Bafunny-Bufunny they would have move mountains to get the broadcasting rights.

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-16 01:37

      Aahhh but cricket is not socca....

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-12-16 07:58

      You Might pay a tv licence.

  • Eterni80 - 2012-12-15 19:21

    welcome to the future of SA.

  • desmond.drake.1 - 2012-12-15 19:24

    And they said the ANCancerwas paying for everything. Sounds like its costing the taxpayer dearly.

      Erna - 2012-12-15 19:55

      And you still believe everything the anc tells you. You know what their motto is - deny, deny, deny; then lie. If that doesn't work, blame someone else.

  • Erna - 2012-12-15 19:48

    And all they're scared of are their own anc comrades!

  • mariette.troxler - 2012-12-15 20:14

    They're also too stupid to realise that now would be the time to storm the Union buildings and take over since all the security has been moved to the paranoids in Bloem. Come on SADF where are you?

  • Mary Milne Archibald - 2012-12-15 21:45

    Who is footing the bill for the use of the Armed Forces and the Police? They were not available to help with the violence in the Western Cape but now they are being abused as Security officials.

  • Suzanne Viljoen - 2012-12-15 21:57

    Are they monitoring the skies above as well?

  • mmoledis - 2012-12-15 22:33

    Well done that was a security at its best I salute SANDF and SAPS for job well done, safety first and nothing else.

  • kevin.gillespie.948 - 2012-12-15 23:07

    One question. Why is the military involved here? I was always under the impression that the army should never get involved in politics.

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-12-16 08:02

      Better than sorting out gangsters in townships.

  • ahmien.vanderwalt - 2012-12-16 00:12

    Well done? What next eish

  • phahla.matwa - 2012-12-16 01:49

    They r scared of the Terrorist group called Boeremag or something

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-12-16 02:01

    I hope the anc wins again I love saddistic they are towards their own voters...

  • hein.huyser - 2012-12-16 02:44


  • brasteve.myaluze - 2012-12-16 05:03

    If only such tactics could be used in the rest of the country, we would see a real drop in the crime rate, but who are we to get such treatment?

  • chris.potgieter.73 - 2012-12-16 06:53

    They fear the outcome as they recognize the tactic's they had employed to steal leadership positions in the past. The stink of their deception is even unbearable to them and they are now seeking to disguise a new method of deception to retain power. The of course the decision to disallow delegates has produced real threats against current leadership. The bottom line is these yesterday's heroes are now villains.

  • sunnyboyn - 2012-12-16 08:52

    The truth is coming out here on these blogs, though the ANC did not divulge it!How sharp is our intelligence is shown in this one.The DA were the 1st to scream against the beefed-up Security measures. How did the madam know there was no need, when the 'threat' was uncovered by 'Spooks'? Did the madam had a prior knowledge?Makes you think!

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-16 12:00

    In the days it was called Bloemfontein motorists had no problems.

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