Thembelihle protesters cause R1.5m damage

2011-09-07 14:08

Johannesburg - Damage of R1.5m was caused during this week's service delivery protests in Thembelihle, south of Johannesburg, city officials said on Wednesday.

They said protesting residents set fire to three load centres, depriving most of Lenasia Extensions Nine to 11 of power from Monday night to 03:00 on Wednesday.

This emerged from a joint statement by Roslyn Greef of the mayoral council and City Power acting managing director Sicelo Xulu.

A third of the area was still without power on Wednesday morning, but City Power said all these areas would be reconnected by the end of the day.

Public lighting had been installed in Thembelihle to improve security in the area, but this infrastructure had been damaged by illegal connections. The company would remove the illegal connections, but maintain the public lighting.

"Whilst we remain committed to supplying electricity to all residents of this city, we are however not in the position to do any electricity installations in Thembelihle until the area is officially proclaimed a human settlement," said Greef and Xulu.

City Power had opened a case of damage to property at the Lenasia police station over the fire. It said Thembelihle residents should take responsibility for the public lighting and protect it from those who stole cables and made illegal electricity connections.


Residents of the informal settlement planned to march on Wednesday in support of those arrested during the protests this week, said police spokesperson Captain Mbulaheni Netshivhodza.

"We have received information that they are planning to march, but at this stage we don't know where they will hold the demonstration."

He said a heavy police contingent was present at the township, near Lenasia, and that the situation was calm.

Both lanes on Klipspruit Valley Road had been opened on Wednesday morning after residents barricaded it with burning tyres and rocks on Monday.

Eighteen people were arrested in connection with public violence and malicious damage to property during the protests against poor housing, water shortages and corruption.

Residents fired live ammunition at police, a school and a councillor's house on Tuesday morning. Police fired rubber bullets in return.

Protesters also damaged cars, traffic lights and electricity meters and trampled on a 15-year-old girl as they ran from the police.

Two occupants of a Toyota Cressida were pelted with stones.

Tebogo Tshwala, 11, who was hit in the face by a rubber bullet on Monday, was discharged from Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital the following day, according to a report in the Sowetan.

Housing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi addressed residents on Tuesday on their issues. The Democratic Alliance called on Mmemezi to intervene in the protests and formulate a plan to improve service delivery in the province.

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  • falcon2020 - 2011-09-07 14:15

    and backwards we go...

      Werner - 2011-09-07 14:39

      @Toothless I'd fall off my chair if I had to find you weren't being sarcastic.

      falcon2020 - 2011-09-07 14:45

      @Too-less, just read the article where your prez said blacks dont have opportunities - this is why! Ppl living there for 22 years, sitting on their arses, waiting for da gravy train - suffering is your paradise, have more kids dude

      Tolerant - 2011-09-07 14:48

      Malema can pay Toothy, he cares so much for the poor.

      k1dbl4ck - 2011-09-07 15:25

      im leeeaaaving... on a jet plane... dont know when i'll be back again. (i.e im moving to a country where behaviour like this is not tolerated, and the perpetrators arrested and prosecuted. Where poverty is no excuse for breaking the law)

  • Playnice - 2011-09-07 14:20

    send 10 000 volts down those illegal connections

      Beannie - 2011-09-07 14:22

      No buddy make it 1,000,000.

      African'shtr - 2011-09-07 14:28

      hahahahahahahahahahahhaha, I can't stop laughing and how much that is going to cost the municipality, that always loses millions of rands in every protest yet they are doing nothing to prevent protests

  • Peter James Erasmus - 2011-09-07 14:20

    I understand that people need to fight for service delivery but taking away the little bit of service you are receiving is just stupid. LOL

      African'shtr - 2011-09-07 14:30

      its a lie who did the costing analysis, non they want to steal more and put a blame to the people

      Tolerant - 2011-09-07 14:42

      African, not much to steal from these poor people.

      k1dbl4ck - 2011-09-07 15:27

      AfricanShtr... you know how much a transformer costs? about 800kg's copper, 400kgs steel, manufacturing it, etc, etc... R1.2 / 3 = R400k per transformer that was burnt. about the going rate.

      PB - 2011-09-07 15:39

      African, you are a donkey's ass. When are you and the rest of the idiots who believe the ANC's promisses of "free everything" get off your arses and do something constructive instead of burning and trashing everything. Why would anyone WANT to help you if you keep on destroying whatever you are given? GIVEN, not what is PAID FOR. There are a hell of a lot of poor whiteys who are also jobless and hopeless, but NOTHING comes to them for free. Oh this makes me so damn angry!!!!!!!!!! are also living in crap circumstances I think the R1.5 mil damage is still a conservative estimate. If you add in the cost of having the police there, it will be much more.

  • Who Knew - 2011-09-07 14:21

    That's the voters of the Poephols party for you. Sorry I mean the "peoples party"

      Worker - 2011-09-07 15:48

      They learnt from JZ himself - his example.

  • blog24 - 2011-09-07 14:22

    Goverment should be able to control their people, these people want, want, want everythink for nothing.... to lazy to work and then think it is ok to destroy and cost the tax payers millions. They are all barbaric in the way they act.

      Playnice - 2011-09-07 14:41

      @ African - this is nothing new. In the seventies, used to go with my dad to work at dept labour. Unemployed people used to come looking for work in their hundreds. As soon as people came looking for workers, they all hid around the corner. they just stood there the whole day doing nothing and hiding from work opportunities. I saw this day after day. What has changed - nothing. Nnow they just blame it on lack of work.

      32 - 2011-09-07 15:01

      Afrcan,shtr ,they come daily to my factory asking for work no pleading for work ,when you give in feel sorry for them give them work ,within months they join the unions ,THEN it starts DEMANDING DEMANDING ,I rather set up with aotomation and machinery than employ another !!!

      falcon2020 - 2011-09-07 15:06

      @32 spot on! It is a absolute no win situation with the current labour pool.

      Worker - 2011-09-07 15:50

      African'shtr - the system has been changed, we are no longer a prosperous country, look to the ANC for that.

      African'shtr - 2011-09-07 15:54

      can I ask you a question people, if you pay them peanuts while you making lot of money, what dou you want them to do. tro keep quiet and be your slaves because they are black.

      PB - 2011-09-07 16:13

      African, If you and your fellow 'slaves' were willing to shoulder the responsibilities of doing your work properly, you would be paid accordingly. You know NOTHING about what it takes to keep a company running - in good financial times and bad. You want the same pay as the boss, but can you do the job he does? You do not even consider that before there are any money for himself, the boss has to pay a hell of a lot of overheads. In bad times, the boss still has to pay the rent, electricity, salaries, the materials that is necessary to do the job. When clients don't or just plain 'postpone' payment (government) he still has all the same things to pay for. If you were the boss, would you be willing to pay a worker more for the amount and quality of work YOU are doing at the moment? Guess not. Regardless of what the ANC promised you, money does not fall from the sky. Twat

      peace_piece - 2011-09-07 16:13

      No, they get paid for the value they add to the company. That really says it all.

  • Komasa - 2011-09-07 14:23

    Why are MEC's not sitting with community leaders and putting a action plan together that is binding. Instead of reluctantly arriving there in your expensive black suit expecting people to accept your hot air.

      African'shtr - 2011-09-07 14:34

      they are all not competent but I don't blame them, even our president can't address the nation without reading a paper, so people believe everything they are told by these people

      Tolerant - 2011-09-07 14:39

      It sounds like an illegal settlement, "not proclaimed a human settlement yet". Should illegal squaters not rather be removed? We are sorry for squaters but not when you continously braking the law.

  • MaanDonkie - 2011-09-07 14:24

    Destroying SA bit by day they'l wipe the sh$t from their eyes and realise the SA that was given to them on a silver platter is all gone. Darwin your theory in practice!!!

  • African'shtr - 2011-09-07 14:27

    liars, who steal money and put the blame on protesters, now you want to give tenders to your friends and say it cost that much. "fool me once shame on me, fool me twice shame on you"

      Taboo - 2011-09-07 14:35

      Its actualy "fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me" you chop......

      PB - 2011-09-07 15:47

      African -- who are you actually cross with? Is it juliaaaaas and his lovely chommies or us whiteys? I can't understand your argument of stealing and blaming. The protestors are causing millions of Rands of damage (not only in Thembelihle) - there is so much evidence of that on TV, how can you not see it? Maybe I must just give up trying to understand your reasoning.

  • Vullis - 2011-09-07 14:39

    at this rate, i will have to strike to afford my tax

      Da.Liva.Delvira - 2011-09-07 14:44

      LOL!!! Good one!!! Hahaha

      Tolerant - 2011-09-07 14:52

      Some thought strike it rich is exactly that.

      Dazbo - 2011-09-07 14:54

      Quality....sheer quality LOL !!!

  • Uzziel - 2011-09-07 14:41

    When will these people learn??!! When the train is late they burn the train, when they are unhappy with education they burn the schools! Idiots! Don't you know you are not helping?!

  • k1200s - 2011-09-07 14:47

    the majority of these squatters ,are illegal,so why will they act in a civilised manner. they f...up their own country,and now they doing it here.its in their genes.

  • zackie - 2011-09-07 14:49

    give us free stuff..then we can break and burn it down then get more stuff

  • Tassenberg - 2011-09-07 14:50

    Yep, it is because these people just demand, they don't pay for anything, no taxes bugger all. So now we as taxpayers have to fork out the money again. If the municipality was effective in any way they could have spared us a lot of money, as now services, still has to be delivered, and they have to fix the damage caused by these protesters now. The only losers here in actual fact is the tax payer. When will these protesters start to learn that damaging infrastructure is not constructive if you are protesting service delivery. Yes Viva ANC till Jesus comes as most said before the election, well you are now in heaven, heaven got work, heaven got service, heaven got electricity.

  • MAWEMAWE - 2011-09-07 14:50

    tutu made a valid point about whites paying a wealth tax that is where they must come in & help.

      Tassenberg - 2011-09-07 14:56

      We are already paying taxes, it is due to the maladministration of the taxes and rates by incompetent municipalities and city councils that there are these protests. I'm willing to pay a wealth tax, but not under the current government, as that will just be wasted by them, and if I do pay it I will demand that all of it goes toward eduction. And how does taxing people help when there are people just destroying infrastructure when they protest.

      Playnice - 2011-09-07 14:56

      Ask your millionaire comrades for money for the sqautters.

      Dazbo - 2011-09-07 14:58

      TWAT !!!

      k1200s - 2011-09-07 15:01

      why not the wealthy blacks too.why must the whites help to uplift this country that the blacks ran into the ground.the anc implemented the strict labour laws and that my friend,is why the blacks find themselves without a job!!!!! you dont have to be a rocket scientist to see that south africa is sliding backwards and one of these days we will be on parr with the rest of africe, IN SY MOER!!!!

      Gail - 2011-09-07 15:27

      Why on earth should we?? Is there something wrong with "you guys" that you can't look after yourselves?? How long before you people decide to grow up and earn a living?

      Tolerant - 2011-09-07 15:43

      Maybe they must try to work for a change. They can wait easily 40 years for a free home. We will never get homes for all the poor unless the poor starts all working.

      PB - 2011-09-07 15:55

      Mawemawe, Please bend over and kiss your ass goodbye, because you are going to see it soon. Go get the money from the fat fart juju, he has billions. HELP is something that people do when someone is worthy of it - scum like these hooligans have proven themselves not worthy - BECAUSE THEY WILL JUST F IT UP AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN.

      john2011 - 2011-09-07 17:10

      Screw u mawemawe! Y dont u ask ur precious julius to help you? Let him be the first to nationalise his wealth and help his people and then... MAYBE THEN... i would even consider giving you a cent!

      Dayat Atime - 2011-09-08 11:45

      Up yours buddy. I earn 7k/pm with a matric. I received no tertiary education. I neither own property nor a car. So unless you start saying "RICH whites must pay a wealth tax." you can shove your tax where the sun don't shine. Or maybe I should simply strike, throw stones at ANC members, and burn SARS down

  • julie.khan3 - 2011-09-07 14:52

    Although I sympathise with the protestors ,I do not agree at all that they should be given free electricity. We work very hard and can barely keep our heads above water.My electricity bill accounts to almost 40 percent of my salary. I pay it timeously and proudly,because I know I used it and also how beneficial it is to me.

      Dayat Atime - 2011-09-08 11:51

      Precisely. If they get free electricity then the cost is raised for the ones that do pay, and then some people will still say we have to pay a wealth tax too? V...V...Voetsek

  • MuntuzaB - 2011-09-07 14:53

    Send the lazy buggers to jail where they can have housing and food for free

      Kenno - 2011-09-08 14:17

      You can have a BEll's....met ys!!

  • JH - 2011-09-07 15:00

    Soon there will be more power cuts and disruptions in SA, this will happen more and more when there is violent service delivery protests. They will burn substations and damage cable supplies. The reason is simple; If we can not get service delivery and electricity, nobody must have this. So burn down and damage the whole infrastructure. This will be their next step

  • Scamatoon - 2011-09-07 15:06

    Only in africa, we not happy with the service so we break everything, our busses are late so we burn them, the health care is bad so i stab myself(we wish).

  • mike mason - 2011-09-07 15:11

    These idiots in Thembelihle should Not get anything,they just a bunch of Thugs.I know a few people that live in Lenasia ext9 and many of them told me,that government had arranged housing for them in a Township called Lehae about 3km away from Lenasia,but take i Guess what...these idiots from Thembelihle sold the RDP houses for aound R45000... to make some money and some of them that moved to Lehae became landlords,buy renting out there Shacks.The agreement made with Government was that they would destroy there Shacks if they got RDP houses...This is a known fact in the Lenasia..

  • Gavin - 2011-09-07 15:23

    Wow, nothing like spreasing/sharing the misery. Why didn't these idiots rather vote the buggers who are not delivering the service instead..or is that to complicated a process ?

  • jpcronje - 2011-09-07 15:31

    You get what you vote for (it's not Our fault you weren't taught better)

  • Julsie3 - 2011-09-07 15:36

    What the hell are children doing in the toyi-toyi march. Why are they not at school.

      BloodRiver - 2011-09-07 15:41

      They burnt the school down.

  • D-man - 2011-09-07 15:37

    If they want to go out and burn and destroy the load centres then they must sit in bloody darkness. Cause now us as law biding tax payers must pay for the repairs. it's pathetic. It's time that these idiots get punished and must suffer in darkness till they pay for it themselves

  • Johnaton - 2011-09-07 15:41

    MMMMMM maybe that money should have been used to build houses for them! oh wait there were houses built for them and they refused to move,if i recall they protested not to move into the new houses. so please explain WTF do you want, so i can drive on the road i pay TAX for!

      LiciousDee - 2011-09-07 16:08

      They give them free houses they refuseyet, WE working, paying tax citizens when we try to apply for bonds that we'll be paying for we are told we don't qualify for a bond as we don't earn enough *smh* some people are just stupid you refuse a FREE house built for you is beyond me really

  • Worker - 2011-09-07 15:44

    This has become a way of life in SA. The ANC is squarely to blame here, as it told the people for many years, that this was the best way to get what they wanted. Zuma complains about "black" people not having this and that, but look what many people do - and this does not give a good impression to anyone, anywhere. The infrastructure that took many years to build is quickly being destroyed by the very people who now have control of it. Third world, we are here, ZUMAbabwe.

  • Blikaspaai - 2011-09-07 15:53

    Why don't the just go and burn down the whole neighborhood? That will show them.

  • Blikaspaai - 2011-09-07 15:56

    A bit of fire and all your problems are solved.

      LiciousDee - 2011-09-07 16:09

      pathetic really

  • Jason - 2011-09-07 16:52

    ja neh, if we cant have, no one will, silly attitude to have these idiots - get a job and work for what you want mofo's!!

  • john2011 - 2011-09-07 17:08

    seriously now, f*** these a$$***s!im so sick and tierd of these animals causing damage and actually contribute negatively to the economy while we keep paying taxes to apease these fools!!

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