Truck burnt in Bapong protest

2012-02-15 14:24

Johannesburg - A truck was set alight in Bapong during a protest by residents, North West police said on Wednesday.

Some roads were also barricaded with burning tyres during the demonstration on Tuesday, Captain Adele Myburgh said.

No injuries were reported and a case of malicious damage to property had been opened.

"This has been an ongoing protest since before August and police are monitoring [the situation]. It is quiet now during the day, but the problem is at night."

The residents were concerned about unemployment and apparently angry with local companies, including Lonmin's platinum mine, claiming it had failed to create jobs for them.

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  • Brett - 2012-02-15 14:28


      Barefoot - 2012-02-15 15:26

      There somebody finally said that word- thank you thank you thank you

  • Sharon - 2012-02-15 14:32

    I don't understand - how is burning a truck going to solve their problems? It certainly won't provide jobs for them, only potentially take the job of the driver.

      kgomotso.radise - 2012-02-15 15:38

      They are quite numerous avenues to seek solution, media attention and make our voice heard but burning the track is definitely one of them. I call it village naïve mentality

  • braamc - 2012-02-15 14:40

    We demand we demand or we break, yeah

  • Kantoro Sten Mlauzi - 2012-02-15 15:19

    burning of de truck dazent solve anythng bt bring de attention if u want sumthn n do it in a calm manner ppl will take u 4 granted

  • Cameronl - 2012-02-15 15:56

    I have a very good solution to wankers like these, Our police carry firearms right? WELL use them, shoot the F*&^ers, kill them, and THEN see how many trucks get burnt! It`s time to start inflicting a bit of fear into these savages, they only do this because they KNOW nothng will happen to them. mark my words kill the wankers and see what happens, I'm sick this bulls@#t going on!!!

      Lephutsi - 2012-02-15 20:21

      @Cameron. Would you say the same about protesters in Greece? Should the police in Greece kill the protesters. I am sick and tired of this racists comments. Unfortunately racism is not curable. Those people have the right to protest if they are not happy with how they are being treated.

      alansmartSnr - 2012-02-18 22:03

      @ Lephutsi..WTF are you on about. If you are unemployable get some skills or an education first. It's these illiterate, stupid, non compenmentes idiots who expect to get jobs. If they were employable the locals will be first to be employed 'cos there will be winners both sides. Locals have established homes and the company can rely on less absentee-ism. Burning trucks by locals will make the company look for more reliable employees elswhere. Racial prejudices have nothing to do with this. Its about skills and accepting authority and mutual respect so get off your neighbours 'puter and go sweep your yard..idiot

  • Lephutsi - 2012-02-15 20:15

    We see serious incidents of violence against governments this days. e.g In Greece where the people there are protesting against austerity measures because they will greatly affect their standard of living. The residents of Bapong should have first priority over the jobs at Lonmin mine as it is in their land. Unfortunately jobseekers are asked to pay bribes before they could be employed at the mine. If you refuse to pay the bribe, they make sure that you fail medical tests. I am talking from the experience as my son is a victim of this as he did not know that he had to put money in his ID book at the Lonmin medical centre. Due to this problem there are many youths at Bapong who are unemployed as they cannot afford pay the bribe. Most of them are as fit as a fiddle but they keep on failing medical tests. Lonmin should put its house in order. I don't think the top management is not aware of what is going on in their medical centres. What the Bapo residents wants is to be treated with dignity.

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