Tyres still burning in Zandspruit protest

2012-06-14 08:20

Johannesburg - Police were monitoring the situation in Zandspruit where Beyers Naude Drive was partially closed on Thursday morning, Johannesburg metro police said.

"Protesters continue to burn tyres resulting in Beyers Naude Drive being partially closed between Juice and Peter roads," spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said.

"There is a heavy police presence and motorists are advised to avoid the area and use Malibongwe Drive and Hendrik Potgieter road as alternatives."

On Wednesday protesters blocked Beyers Naude Drive with stones and rocks and threw stones at cars.

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  • WitWolf - 2012-06-14 08:32

    Typical. Nowadays people pay carbon tax on vehicles. Global warming is a real issue. These guys are burning tyres and smokin' up the whole world. This is adding to the weight.... And yet, nothing done.

      Brad.Kopping - 2012-06-14 09:25

      oh what an flying on an airoplane down to capetown that sheds 1.5tons of carbon in 45 minutes is ok?

      RichyDigitized - 2012-06-14 10:31

      Well Opinionnater, I'm not flying down to CT. Don't try make excuses for their pathetic barbaric ways. It looks like MadMax there. It's just not right! What's really stupid is that's where they live and they breaking, burning and ruining everything. It Dosen't make sense to do that to a place where you live! So if they were actually given houses they'd probably burn them to the ground.

      Jacqui - 2012-06-14 11:15

      Nothing done? Come now these people are tackling the used tyre pile, one tyre at a time.

  • WitWolf - 2012-06-14 08:33

    Go on people! Protest and protest hard! Who voted for the anc I wonder? viva anc! viva! nhe?

      Rob - 2012-06-14 09:07

      Me, cos I likes to protest.

  • sizwe.bwana - 2012-06-14 09:17

    Just send them back to Zim. If we sent back all ten million illegals that are protesting and taking our jobs this would be a better place.

      Shellerjc - 2012-06-14 09:36

      Dont just ASSUME that everyone is from Zim. I know of a few South Africans that live there too. Besides South Aficans dont like Zimbabweans becuase Zim people area a threat to you. They are grateful for jobs and will do just about anything to get work and have a bit of money, whereas South Africans just strike at a drop of a hat.

      Megan - 2012-06-14 10:05

      Actually, they should send the thousands who sit on their asses and demand hands out and then cause mass destruction when they don't get it to Zim... Maybe then they will be able to see just how much damage their mentality can cause a countries economy. I think these people would much rather enjoy having to find a wheelbarrows amount of money just to buy a loaf of bread, don't you? Sarcasm aside Sizwe, please ask yourself WHY are people from Zim employed over locals? and WHY Sizwe, are these people able to arrive in this country with absolutely NOTHING except the clothes on their back and are then able to actually make something for themselves, while the SA citizens (who are generally slightly better off than those fleeing violent places) are incapable of doing anything?

      Chaapo - 2012-06-14 10:22

      Slam Zimbos all you want but they are a hard-working lot and are able to take their skills (which are many by the way) and make the skills work for them wherever they may be. You do not see Zimbos burning their own schools, libraries and destroying other infrastructure in the name of protest because they know it is their tax-dollars that paid for that. The destruction of public facilities is a culture that is mainly South African when you compare with other countries. Some South Africans think the money grows on trees (which is understandable considering how little some work but are still propped up by the benefit system). It is more than the work ethics of many Zimbabweans but also the fact that they know their stuff because despite everything else, the quality of education is one to be proud of.

      Jacqui - 2012-06-14 11:16

      Sizwe, typical again blaming someone else for the mess you keep creating by voting ANC.

  • Brad.Kopping - 2012-06-14 09:27

    ...and come election time who do you think they gonna vote for...again? YEP you guess it :) AFRICAN NATIONAL CANCER!! >:(

  • farmfreund - 2012-06-14 09:31

    ANC you should start to worry, the DACOPE is comming

  • Millos Mpofu - 2012-06-14 09:49

    stoning cars destroying properties is not the solution even closing the road .Maybe you close the road with those stupid leader the last person who put bread in your home is sick the ambulance fail to come who kill your relative

  • gandanga.tororo - 2012-06-14 09:59

    Its hard to know the truth? Yesterday it was hanky dory and now? We are ruling.

      RichyDigitized - 2012-06-14 10:50

      Have you been there gandanga? Do you live at Zandspruit? Is that the way you ANC supporters want to live? With burning tyres and anarcy all around you! Stealing, breaking and burning everything! Hey, but you're ruling! Suppose that's what matters hey? Having a roof over your head, food on the table doesn't matter! As long as you're ruling! There is a saying for people like you. You cut of you nose to spite your face!

      Megan - 2012-06-14 11:32

      I think gandango was referring more to the inaccurate news reports. Yesterday the news reported shortly after 9am that the protest was over. Then a report came out saying the entire protest was all about the "ANC centenary flame". Seems that none of what was reported on this incident yesterday was accurate. Hence the "It's hard to know the truth" and since it was reported that everything was calm and the roads reopened blah blah blah, his comment is fairly accurate.

      RichyDigitized - 2012-06-14 11:54

      Thanks Megan for clearing that up, I was confused about the two questions. I missed yesterdays "in accurate" news report due to having to sit in a huge traffic jam because I couldn't drive my usual route on Beyers Naude past Zandspruit. But referred to the ANC flag and the last three words. "We are ruling"... ?

      Megan - 2012-06-14 12:05

      Richy, please don't get me wrong. I think if I had to get caught up in that this mornings new's headline would have read "Rage at protests results in mass murder"! I think (although I could be completely wrong here) that the "we are ruling" comment was either an attempt at sarcasm, or, it's the same king of thing as people who end their comments with "#power to the people". But then again, sometimes there really is absolutely no guessing! Sorry you had to get caught up in the disruption, and I now completely understand the anger that came through in your comment.

      RichyDigitized - 2012-06-14 12:10

      @ Megan :-)

  • lenny.kagiso - 2012-06-14 10:10

    Go on ,burn tyres

  • lenny.kagiso - 2012-06-14 10:10

    Go on ,burn tyres

  • margaux.doeebrahim - 2012-06-14 11:17

    unfortunately its true. the foreigners are grateful for the jobs they get here. think some of our people are quite lazy (dare i say the african guys). im in construction and im speaking from 1st hand experience. tried helping alot of them out. guess i must be a racist. cant be a racist cause i absolutely luv black chicks. yum yum yum yum. delicioso!!!!!

      RichyDigitized - 2012-06-14 12:24

      You're funny!!

  • braamc - 2012-06-14 12:32

    Burn the place down savages!

  • tinus.v.zyl - 2012-06-14 12:39

    ITs all good to protest, but its illegal to protest violently and to damage property. What are they protesting about? Cant the police actually do something? USELESS! There is something fishy with this.

  • godesha - 2012-06-14 13:34

    What I can't understand is why the protesters always have to throw stones and burn things. It is beyond me.

  • Deon - 2012-06-14 13:48

    Police presence means nothing without arresting people, are they not breaking a few laws? Build more jails.

  • RaveWolf1 - 2012-06-14 14:06

    In one breath "you" say Get out of our country (which does not belong to you in the first place), we don't want you or your stuff here... In the very next breath you Demand everything...Give, Give, Give...For FREE!!! I often hear. Give us what is rightfully ours... Hmmm... OK! Here's your Sand, here's your Dung and here is your Straw... Now leave us alone! I'm in I.T. I studied Computer Science for 3yrs, Plus various other related courses... Today I walk 3Km every morning up a dirt road in the cold and dark (No street lights) in an extremely dangerous area, Catch 2 Taxi's to get to work, then two taxi's back and another 3Km walk back again. I am in pain and agony. I earn just enough every month to get back to work the next day. 1) Must I now burn down my work place (like u all burned the schools way back when) for more pay? 2) Must I throw stones at all the cars that drive past me that don't offer to give me a lift up the road? 3) Must I DEMAND Free Medical because my Heel, ankle and now hips are aching from the long walks? 4) Must I now burn tires because there are no street lights on my road or tar? 5) Must I now stand and protest outside of a grocery store because there isn't one closer to me. NO-ONE Owns the planet! We all live here! We all have the same right as you do. The right to live! If u break public property then the TAX will be used to repair it. If the Tax is used to repair it, then there will be none left to give u what u need. Plain and Simple!!

      Rob - 2012-06-14 14:12

      Very, very well said indeed. But alas, wasted on the morons it is directed at.

  • Andre - 2012-06-14 14:45

    Keep voting ANC you morons

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