Sharpeville calm - police

2012-03-21 11:30

Johannesburg - Protesting residents of Sharpeville, in southern Gauteng have calmed down, police said on Wednesday.

Residents were burning tyres and marching on Tuesday because the main Human Rights Day celebrations were being held in Kliptown, Soweto.

Human Rights Day was previously known as Sharpeville Day to commemorate the shooting of 69 black protesters by the police in 1960.

The situation in Sharpeville was quiet and there were no reports of violence, Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said.

In Kya Sands informal settlement about 150 residents had been protesting over service delivery issues since 5am on Wednesday.

"We have not yet received any reports of violence and police are still monitoring these areas," Dlamini said.

Constable Ntshidiseng Phakoe said protests in Ratanda, Heidelberg, had quietened down on Tuesday night.

"Everything is quiet and calm in Ratanda as no one was reported to be protesting," Phakoe said.

Ratanda protesters torched the houses of councillors, the community hall, and a municipal office on Monday in the wake of the protest.

A group of 48 Ratanda protesters were arrested for public violence earlier this week.

  • Pythagoras - 2012-03-21 11:45

    You know hey... Where else in the WORLD do you get people burning tires, looting and causing chaos to celebrate a day???? ONLY in SA!!!! We surely have a unique race group here!

      Estelle - 2012-03-21 12:06

      Stop looking at the colour of another country's'll most probably find that yours is MUCH greener.

      Nirun - 2012-03-21 12:07

      How would you feel if your hometown was the epicentre of the massacre and the celebration is now being held elsewhere? How would you feel if your plight has not changed since 21 March 1960? Do not worry my friend, our Libya moment is not far away - when your cold heartless lot will be kicked out if not butchered.

      ChristopherGlenHarrison - 2012-03-21 12:08

      Did you read the story before storming on down to spash your bigotry all over the page? Nobody is burning tyres to celebrate anything, it's part of a protest. You'll notice protesters in Greece and Spain did similar things, not to mention the looters and arsonists in the English riots last year. It's not 'Only in SA', it's a bit of a global thing. And 'Unique race group'? Please, do elaborate. If you insist on putting your bigotry online, then I insist that you at least read the articles first, and try to keep your comments relevant and sensible.

      Pythagoras - 2012-03-21 12:10

      @ Estelle - Much greener cause there is more sh$t here yes! All they ever do is complain about how little the government is doing for them and yet they vote for the ones they are complaining about! And they do not realise that all the destruction they are causing needs to be fixed. Resulting in more less currency to provide!

      Pythagoras - 2012-03-21 12:12

      It's like being an alcoholic... You drink because you are depressed, then you feel depressed because you drank. Then you just drink again to feel better and when you get sober again, you just feel more depressed. It's a terrible cycle this!

      Rob - 2012-03-21 12:14

      Nirun. We are already being butchered daily @ the hands of members of the majority race. Is that not enough " bloodlust " for you ? Remember....This is not Zimbabwe, we are a few million, not a few thousand.

      Pythagoras - 2012-03-21 12:19

      @ ChristopherGlenHarrison - Celebrating a day, protesting because of the celebrations of the day. WHO CARES!!!!!??? Do you need to be so technical? Maybe in Greece and Spain is does happen, but on a daily basis??? I don't think so! And they probably have reasons for doing it! Here, if you are not happy about a 10 cent rise in something, you burn the whole f%^king shop down! It's much different! @ Nirun - Keep on dreaming! You are but part of an isolated few. Do you really think the UN or EU or NATO or whoever will allow a massacre? You lot will set off a war in which you will come off last! That I promise you!

      Dawood - 2012-03-21 12:30

      @ Rob c'mon. get over your crap war talk. these ppl got nothing under the apartheid regime which your grandparents and parents voted for. they are presently getting nothing under their own regime which they voted for. All they have is the streets to protest on,and i dont condone the violence and destruction that some of them take part in. And by the way , you're correct in saying we are a few million, but get a wake up call--they will walk all over us.And u'll be the first to run.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-03-21 13:05

      Nirun, however I felt I wouldn't be burning the street and rampaging like a savage.

      roberta.keeling - 2012-03-21 13:18

      @Nirun - you're one sick individual. I's not just about your "hometown" - human rights affects us all. And sure - have your Libya day. That country is now shot to hell, so if that's what you want for S.A. - so be it!

      Mc - 2012-03-21 13:28


      Estelle - 2012-03-21 13:37

      @Nirun - The first time I learned about the details of the Sharpville massacre, I was horrified and ashamed and I still am. Your hatred and anger is not without reason. But for YOUR OWN sake…… "When you hold resentment toward another, you are bound to that person or condition by an emotional link that is stronger than steel. Forgiveness is the only way to dissolve that link and get free." Catherine Ponder - Peace

      Rob - 2012-03-21 14:45

      @ Daewood. Why are you not having a go @ Nirun for his comment ? Typical response on your part, go for the " white mans " response to an outragous comment. Have the guts to @ least criticise the source, but no, methinks Nirun is Indian, just like you, so you remain silent on his " cr@p war talk comment, that I responded to. Typical !

      Dawood - 2012-03-21 15:13

      @ Estelle amazing how ppl can give you a thumbs down when you say the most sensible things..i fully agree with your entire statement..but you've got to have 20 idiotic fools for one intelligent person on these forums..Estelle, you go girl...we need you to work towards politics..

  • Shirley - 2012-03-21 12:01

    What these prostesters dont get is at the end of the day they get jail at best whilst the people they are protesting about are sipping champagne,having a 5 star lunch and not so much as thought it given to them! Unyet they continue to destroy what little infrastucture there is!

      Dawood - 2012-03-21 12:40

      yes Shirley its like that the world over.even in europe ant the states. the politicians sip the champagne, back wars,kill innocent ppl,care a damn about those whom voted them in,and look at the US- capital of foreclosures,suicides,murders,violence and off course debt ridden families. Do you hear of the OWS movements in the states from the western owned media networks????Off course not.. so we are not all that bad. The ppl in SA and the world over need to take a stand against corrupt politicians,officials,corporates and bankers and take back our economies and governments.And amongst us the majority must be able to overthrow our leaders and govts if they do not serve us.

  • Richard - 2012-03-21 12:45

    Amazing to see how people resort to violence when not getting there way, The very fact that today is soley about ANTI-VIOLENCE in South Africa due to an incident in the past shows that celebrations should be placed on hold and more effort should be focused on educating people about history. When can violence ever be condoned? I dont recieve satisfactory service on a daily basis. Does that mean I can start looting stores and burning tyres. And lets be honest, Is there some sort of tyre God where you think that by burning a tyre as an offering its going to resolve anything. What are you teaching the youth in these areas? Its a perpetual cycle of violence! No wonder this nation is so violent! Its time to change the mindset of South Africans in order to tackle problems head on! Either that or i start carrying more than a spare tyre in my car next time i have a complaint at the local grocer!

  • Wendy - 2012-03-21 13:01

    Really?? the venue? sure!! I think it is more an excuse to cause havoc .. what else should we do with a public holiday ??

  • JudithNkwe - 2012-03-21 13:21

    It is a major and heartless insult to the residents of Sharpville to move this commemoration to Kliptown. Our government is marginalising them and they are turning the day into a celebration instead of a commemoration, which is what it should be.

  • Pythagoras - 2012-03-21 13:36

    @ Mc - Realist is more like it!

  • Pythagoras - 2012-03-21 13:36

    @ Mc - Realist is more like it!

  • ukuphila - 2012-03-21 13:42

    Its seriously said how bitter some white ppl are simply bcause they lost the bread and butter that the apartheid regime provided for them at the expense of black people. Their leaders (apartheid) were as dumb as donkeys and I wouldnt want to accuse the followers of having been smart either cause how else do u brainwash a whole race into believing that blacks are a harmful, inferior set of people who will kill u jst 4 batting ur eyelids, really folks just go to therapy and make peace with the fact that your current president and his cabinet is black. I know this is hard to take but seriously now this will go on till Jesus comes back so make peace with it.

      Arp Liebenberg - 2012-03-21 14:38

      Ukup rubish! you are clearly ignorant and stupid, show me one country in africa with the same infrastructure as ours in SA? The white man created and build it before 94! post 94 are a disaster and a joke! we are taxed and levied out of everything like never before and still no PROGRESS The black masses vote for the Anc because of promises that the anc know they cannot fullfill, but you are to stupid to see the true story, you still see black and white and will like the rest of africa suffer and will eventually move back to a 4th world country because of your culture! nothing in your culture changed in the last 1000 years, you just want everything sitting on your ass!

      Rob - 2012-03-21 14:55

      No ukuphila, we are not bitter @ having lost our " bread & butter " that was the apartheid regime. We handed over without too many problems. We are bitter @ the degeneration of this country under ANC rule & the attitude, actions & behaviour of many of the previously disadvantaged. In any other CIVILISED country in the world, a government with the track record of the ANC would NEVER be voted back into power, time & time again.

      Dawood - 2012-03-21 15:25

      @ ukuphila unlike in the west ,he,his cabinet and party are democratically elected..looks like that burns even more..

      Dawood - 2012-03-21 15:28

      @ Aap pre '94 the cake was only shared amongst 17% of the population and 100% of the it has to be shared amongst 100% of the population and many politicians..its a more difficult equation, AAP

      Elmarie Labuschagne - 2012-03-21 16:33

      I was a toddler that knew nothing about polotics or apartheid in the early 90s. Things changed. I wasn't raised to hate, and neither were many others. When are you going to stop hating people like me who never had anything to do with the way things happened back then? The fact that I think little of our current government has NOTHING to do with race. Instead I cannot accept the corruption and lack of service delivery despite paying taxes through my ears. The very people fighting against poverty live in the lap of luxury, and the poor are getting poorer. Where is the money going?

      Bryan Scott McConnell - 2012-03-21 17:46

      It's people like you ukuphila whe are destroying the future of this once beautiful land!! Wake up and take your head out from your backside and realize that comments like you have just made are what causes racial divide in this country! Not sure how old you are but from what you say, I would guess not a day over 25 and have no idea how the big wide world operates! Basically, you are an f'ing moron and a waste of oxygen.. Now do the positive people in this country a huge favour and f*ck right off.. I think australia needs idiots like you more than we do...!! Good riddance!!

  • Wilhelm - 2012-03-21 15:00

    Is "protester" and "violent rioter/arsonist" the same thing, News24? Who are you trying to brainwash? And why? And for whom?

      Dawood - 2012-03-21 15:21

      looks like somebody else has finally caught up with this media network..theyre all the same..and they've got millions of gullibles who will believe they're crap and bious propoganda..

  • Dawood - 2012-03-21 15:16

    @ Rob following some of your naive and illiterate comments on these forums, its difficult to take you seriously

      Rob - 2012-03-21 15:39

      Dawood. No problem there. It appears that the only comments you would take seriously, would be the ones that agree with your point of view. The fact that you chose to criticise my response to Nirun & not Niruns original comment, says a lot about a person like you & your integrity. Right now you just come across as a troll.

  • Elmarie Labuschagne - 2012-03-21 16:19

    Sad how people still use situations like this to find a way to insult others. So tired of being stereo typed. Not all white people hate black people and vice versa. We were all created by the same God! When are we going to accept that we are different without hating each other for it? I get that people are angry, but violence won't solve the problem. What happened in Sharpville sounds a bit like pooping on your own porch to me. Because who is left with the damage? The very same people who caused it. Now people got injured once again. And the situation is being described simply as calm. Was it worth the cost in money and blood?

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