Stones, rubber bullets exchanged in Tembisa

2011-08-19 12:18

Johannesburg - Rubber bullets were fired at protesters in Tembisa, near Kempton Park, on Friday, Ekurhuleni metro police said.

"They were stoning [metro] police vehicles. We asked them nicely to stop, but they didn't so we had no further option but to shoot them with rubber bullets," said Inspector Mveli Nhlapo.

Earlier, he said protesters were being allowed to proceed to the Mehlareng Stadium even though their march was illegal.

"The protesters have said they going to the stadium to speak to their leaders and then they will disperse. So we are giving them the go-ahead."

Residents were apparently protesting about the high cost of electricity.

They had burnt tyres and blocked roads in the area and were intimidating people into staying away from work, said Nhlapo.

Four schools had been closed as a result of the protest. "Children were told not to go school and the residents did not want the schools opened," he said.

  • - 2011-08-19 12:33

    I'm beginning to feel less pity for these people you get what you voted are being told lies over and over again keep on following blindly, just like an abused wife keep on going back for more....

      Felix - 2011-08-19 13:38

      Yeah, get some!

  • Esbeth - 2011-08-19 12:33

    history seems to be repeating itself here!! No matter which government is in power, the sense of entitlement will always be there, afterall striking was the order of the day...a little hard to teach the old dogs new tricks now ANC?? does it feel to have the shoe on the other foot now?? Easy dealing with this??

  • jevoixtout - 2011-08-19 12:36

    One thing can be said for these people, they have the nuts to stand up against the escalating electrcity costs. More than the rest of us can say. We seem to like getting shafted. Lets see who will protest against the new toll system and the rest of the looney ideas to raise funds for the idle - corrupt elite.

      Daemos1 - 2011-08-19 12:43

      Yeah, the 'middle class' need to stop fence-sitting and looking down on those who take action when they feel that promises have not been kept. These people are putting their bodies on the line because they're angry The rest of us suffer in relative silence.

      spetsnazss - 2011-08-19 12:59

      we should form a vehicle union like the taxies and block the whole country ! hoowaaa !

      Daemos1 - 2011-08-19 14:54

      But we're so busy fighting each other over race? Are we going to keep getting bullied because we're divided, we need to take a serious look at ourselves as a country, we're not who we need to be if we're trying to survive

  • derkus - 2011-08-19 12:40

    Welcome to Disneyland and our leader is Mickey Mouse

      Bill - 2011-08-19 14:26

      And which one is Donald Duck?

      Daemos1 - 2011-08-19 14:54

      Our Pres is a Lame duck...where the hell is he?

      jevoixtout - 2011-08-19 16:31

      Taking a long shower while waiting for a fresh batch of Viagra.

  • omrisho - 2011-08-19 12:42

    protests, strikes, rubber bullets... ring a bell?? yesteryears policies coming back to haunt you?

      Esbeth - 2011-08-19 13:58

      my point exactly!

  • Kalanamia - 2011-08-19 12:43

    South Africa

  • aarchaic - 2011-08-19 12:43

    setting tyres alight... last i checked its Arson and a criminal offence... not even to talk about blocking roads and assaulting officers of the law even though they are in a vehicle...

      aarchaic - 2011-08-19 13:07

      why arent more people arrested?

      HappyGoLucky - 2011-08-19 13:18

      the 'human rights' are all over the place...police need to bee taught what IS, and what ISNT classified as 'human rights'. All the things these people protesting here is illegal, and there has to be arrests made, if not, then the law is SERIOUSLY lob sided

  • Goose - 2011-08-19 13:22

    Never bring a stone to a rubber bullet fight!

      Felix - 2011-08-19 13:41

      Please don't sir, it hurts when I laugh that hard!

  • karin.g - 2011-08-19 13:35

    O nice! Why now? My 2 year old son is visiting his grandparents in Kempton Park till Sunday. My nervs are shot!!!!

      Goose - 2011-08-19 13:39

      Your nerves, and the protesters, ...with rubber bullets!!! lol

  • WhiteMalema - 2011-08-19 13:53

    Why block the roads? Cause they are afraid of letting increased electricity tariffs in!!

  • ChumScrubber - 2011-08-19 14:07

    Can't understand why the destructive looting strikers don't get the same treatment. At least the people in Tembisa have a real gripe, unlike the overpaid underworked lazy civil servants!

  • Lioness - 2011-08-19 14:23

    Not sure what the Thembisa guys are protesting about. Where I stay I have a view of the whole Tembisa and everythime our power gets cut (at least twice a month) they always have electricity. I have not seen their power being cut once - ever. So they have to pay more.... who doesn't?! People need to grow up and stop expecting hand outs.

      Daemos1 - 2011-08-19 14:55

      If you're not sure why they're protesting, maybe you should read the news? use it don't your choice

  • blcotter - 2011-08-19 16:51

    Everyone will be rioting when the increased costs of the new power stations will be announced and Eskom has to pass it on to the consumers.

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