Shooting, stonings in Sharpeville protest

2012-03-20 20:26

Johannesburg - Shots were fired in Sharpeville on Tuesday evening and one person was wounded, Gauteng police said.

"An ambulance is currently taking that person to hospital," said Constable Tshishiwa Mitileni.

It was not known if the victim was a man or woman.

Mitileni said roads were blockaded and a church tent had also been set alight.

"Police are having problems... because people are stoning us and the police vehicles."

No officers were injured. No arrests had been made yet.

Residents marched earlier on Tuesday because the main Human Rights Day celebrations were being held in Kliptown, Soweto.

"It [the public holiday] is over the Sharpeville massacre. The people from Sharpeville are striking because they don't understand why [the celebrations] are now in Kliptown," said Mitileni.

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

  • Jeeves - 2012-03-20 20:34

    There's an idea. Protest human rights day celebration being held in Soweto by violating the human rights of everyone around you. Seems legit.

  • Simnikiwe - 2012-03-20 20:35

    Striking over celebrations? dissapointed at my people. Can we perhaps strike and demand brains?

      Ben - 2012-03-20 20:40

      Also disappointed Simnikiwe but if you take the trouble in Grabouw into consideration this might not be the real or the only reason.

      sandimzilikazi - 2012-03-20 20:46

      it's a day of mourning the youth that died in the massacre that took place. Not a day of Celebrations!!\r\nThat is where they lost the plot! *disappointed*

      Lawrence - 2012-03-20 20:48

      thats the price of Democracy

      Lacrimose - 2012-03-20 20:56

      The way it was described by a representative on SAfm news at 6pm, "this is a funeral, not a party. We don't have a funeral with the body in one place and the people in another. Sharpeville is where the body is". I did not memorise the guy's name but the way he explained it gave insight. However! At some point everyone needs to grow-up and find constructive ways to resolve differences or we'll all be attending this country's funeral.

      Michelle Kirsten - 2012-03-20 23:29

      Simnikiwe, I think we should organize that strike! Some of our people (my people) need those brains too. We can chant -Black and White demand grey matter!

  • jaap.kotze - 2012-03-20 20:37

    Annything, just anything, to have a nice old strike and riot, together with some stone throwing and torching some property. Nice!

  • phathuchicos - 2012-03-20 20:39

    Repeating the past...this time it will ANC shooting people who are bored with their lives...

      Ben - 2012-03-20 20:50

      I cannot say this time but with poor service delivery the people had reason to be disgruntled and I hope this does not lead to any shootings.

      Godfrey - 2012-03-20 21:45

      @Ben_S stop diverting attention with comments of Grabow and service delivery. The story is about Sharpville and the ANC brain-washing its members about apartheid under the disguise name of Human Rights Day

  • Hermann - 2012-03-20 20:47

    It is beginning to get more and more boring.

  • Rob - 2012-03-20 20:47

    It just seems that some people are not happy unless they are being destructive, throwing stones, shooting, stabbing.....For what ? Thank goodness " the old man " ( Mandela ) probably does'nt really know what is going on in this country day in & day out. I think he too, would be ashamed @ the behaviour of " his people. "

      Godfrey - 2012-03-20 21:53

      @Rob stone throwning is the new national sport for the unemployed replacing shot-put. LOL

  • Lawrence - 2012-03-20 20:47

    The community of Vaal as a whole is being sidelined again I have seen it before as Orange Farm was tarmacked before all other surrounding areas only because people from Soweto were moving there and now this.People have to realize that prejudice is not only between blacks and white the Government we chose is slowly creating it in many other ways

  • Shaun - 2012-03-20 20:52

    I`m just loving the irony - I just love it when history repeats itself.

  • pws69 - 2012-03-20 20:57

    I disagree with this behaviour, but look at the history. It was a peaceful march organised by the PAC (note, NOT the ANC). But the ANC want to take credit for it, as they did with Hector Petersen, and many others, rewriting history for their own benefit. What a sad state of affairs.

  • Rob - 2012-03-20 21:01

    What an ironic joke!

      lindz.kok - 2012-03-20 21:09

      i love irony...

  • pws69 - 2012-03-20 21:04

    Hey you News24 CENSORS, where is my post? It is historically accurate. Maybe we do need a media appeals tribunal, because you guys are obviously lilly livered, and need an excuse not to publish the truth.

  • mogolobaneng - 2012-03-20 21:07

    This is a national holiday, not sharpville resident's holiday. Get a grip and understand that it's all of the South Africans who were and are affected the commemoration of the sharpville massacre, don't be selfish. Do you really want a reason to start a protest, try soemthing else, this is stupid, the event can't be moved in oneday.

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-03-20 21:12

    Sharpeville day in the apartheid era has gone down in history (worldwide) as the most violet day in our times.......Today history is repeating itself only this time it's black against black. Can not blame the Apartheid or whites for this up rising.

      lindz.kok - 2012-03-20 21:25

      if you look at the statistics.. witch havent been perverted by the anc... nearly 90% of all violent crimes and murders where black on black, not being racist just stating this very swore fact

      lindz.kok - 2012-03-20 21:31

      during the apatheid era added... sorry

  • John - 2012-03-20 21:16

    Just another excuse for a chimp out.

  • Anita Harms - 2012-03-20 21:16

    Times have changed but these people's mentality never will...

  • gadibolae.dihlabi - 2012-03-20 21:21

    I fail to understand why the celebrations were moved to Soweto? This is a Sharpville Day and the reason the day is recognised is because of what happened many years ago in that town. Now all you pea sized brain people with negetive comments about the article take time to learn the history of the country that accomodated you until now. The people of Sharpville have every right to protest against this decision...

      lindz.kok - 2012-03-20 21:28

      where you part of this VIOLENT MOB that you are protecting theyre clearly CRIMINAL actions? or just felt like being the one to stir the pot a little?

      gadibolae.dihlabi - 2012-03-20 21:46

      Actually Lindz i so wished to have been part of the protesters. I'm not from Sharpville but i understand the importance of the day to the Sharpville people. you people always think everything is criminal, u sit in your surburbs and have no idea what is happening in outside your walls. All you do is blame ANC and black people for everything that goes wrong in the countyr. Need i remind you that your grandparents messed up this country in the 1st place.

      lindz.kok - 2012-03-20 21:58

      MY GRAND PARENTS had nothing to do with it, now put your little biases away. my parents and grand prents voted for jan christian smuts whom faught for black rights against the apartheid era. go read up on your history and not the anc version either... try and find out how many south africans actualy voted for the nats. grow up you wherent even part of it or suffered under it you have only the very slack corupt anc to blaim for YOUR PERSONAL short comings.

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-03-20 22:13

      @gadibolae, if it was'nt for our grandparents, my girl..there are many things today you enjoy the benefit of because of them. Your picture tells me you look to be about 18-22years old,you still have a lot to learn...the one thing I like you to do don't listen to bias stories....find out what happened in our land years ago without being influenced by others.

      Michelle Kirsten - 2012-03-20 23:19

      \The country that accomodated you until now\ : some threat we should know about? Is the giant chip going to tumble off your shoulder and crush the suburbs? Wake up young one, where do you live that you don't notice people of all races suffering some form of prejudice or malice? Why are the people of Sharpeville still CHOOSING to use violence? Did \our people\ move the party? You make me want to cry, you spring chicken

  • JohannP - 2012-03-20 21:24

    Get your matters in order folks cause it seems like jesus is coming soon. Thank you JZ for giving us a heads up, because from where I'm sitting it looks a lot like the ANC is no longer the flavour of the month.

  • Dennis - 2012-03-20 22:30

    TIA... will it ever change???

  • jmohlaba - 2012-03-20 22:50

    the main celebration in kliptown? "kliptown massacre" what a wish! Bazoqhala Ghe Shava's!

  • Kidwell Prime Mokadi - 2012-03-20 22:58

    I understand if there is corruption or the residents strike,but I'm shocked that wasn't a peaceful strike.Does something like this justify to a point were people are injured,burn church tent or POLICE OFFICIALS to be stoned?where are the moral values of such people?The strikes became fashonable way to kill and destroy.I feel sad,i mean very sad everyday of my life in SA.I'm actually scared of the African soil.This morning Afrians and coloured were fighting in WC.People were killed and injured.Does this make a safe country?I'm sorry I can't feel safe.

  • Berthram Bowles - 2012-03-21 02:36

    If I am not mistaken, Sharpeville residents aren't the only humans with rights. People need to remember that everyone in SA was affected by what happened that day. Not only residents in Sharpeville. That's why it's called Human Rights day. It's a day we as South Africans celebrate our human right and the fact that it is recognized in our Constitutional Law. It almost seems that Sharpeville is no longer concerned with the meaning of this day and that it has turned into a territorial battle...

  • Johann - 2012-03-21 07:16

    Ag shame they have so little to commemorate

  • Lerato - 2012-03-21 10:42

    I think the protest is not only about celebrations or commemorations, it is about a peoples history, it is about the democratisation of public memory. It is about state recognition of issues. Perhaps the fault here is that the people in Sharpeville feel robbed only because they do not fully understand the issue of ownership. They are the citizens of Sharpville and they are the ones that own the day not the state nor the ANC. The greater issue here is the issue of state dependence. The history being neglected is what people are protesting about, they feel dispossessed how ever justified.

  • an0nthinker - 2012-03-24 10:51

    Once again, the learned behavior shows itself. When you want something, burn, loot, destroy and strike is the way to go.

  • Panki - 2012-03-27 10:24

    Simnikiwe , you need a new brain.

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