Vehicles destroyed in protest

2012-05-31 14:38

Johannesburg - A police car and a municipal vehicle were destroyed when they were set alight during a protest against the mayor in Musina, Limpopo police said on Thursday.

"Members from the Musina Residents' Committee started blocking the road between Musina and the Venetia mine at approximately 22:00 on Wednesday," Lieutenant Colonel Ronel Otto said.

Several other vehicles were also damaged when protesters stoned them.

Otto said the area had been hit by protests in recent months, with residents demanding the dismissal of Mayor Carol Phiri and her council. They wanted the area's former municipal manager to return to his post.

No one was injured and no arrests had been made by Thursday morning.

"Police members from Musina succeeded in defusing the situation and patrolled the affected area throughout the night."

On Thursday morning, the atmosphere in the area was tense and more police officers would be sent there over the weekend.

Provincial police commissioner Lieutenant General Simon Mpembe condemned the violence.

"Although we respect the right of people to protest, we will not tolerate criminal elements and people violating the law that is in place to protect other people and their properties," he said.

  • jackal666.daniel - 2012-05-31 14:41

    Well shape up or ship out Limpopo!

      procold2 - 2012-05-31 15:02

      zimpopo,not a day passes that they are not in the news.

      Kala - 2012-05-31 15:25

      They are still trying to decide if "flat" is a shape.

  • braamc - 2012-05-31 15:06

    Keep on voting for the cANCer, you get what you vote for, burn it down!

  • Kala - 2012-05-31 15:07

    "Mayor Carol Phiri" I wonder if she is related to R Phiri, one of our fellow commentators:)?

  • Dorothea - 2012-05-31 15:11

    black people have a very barbaric way of particpating in a democracy. they are too crass and basic to realise that their means of communication should be their vote......

  • Timothy - 2012-05-31 15:12


  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-31 15:15

    This cannot be true. The great Mathale is in total control of the province.

  • Andre - 2012-05-31 15:34

    Burn, break, destroy and trash everything you've got in protest to what you haven't got. Bunch of Idiots!!!

  • Sharon - 2012-05-31 15:51

    I still wonder about testing Limpopo's water - too much mercury makes people crazy... On the other hand, maybe (as I am told) the water is fine but government there is useless. Brace yourself, people, these protests are a sign of things to come. It will get a lot worse before it will ever get better. It's funny though how before the ANC encouraged this kind of behaviour, seems they picked a rod for their own backs!

  • Andrew - 2012-05-31 16:45

    When are south africans going to learn that protesting gets you no where. Look at the history of protests for service delivery Nd then tell me what's changed. Change your vote and then change your view on how a person or a community can move forward through hard work. Tax payers are a minority, while grants are a majority. Build your life, don't sit around waiting for people to do it for you. Then maybe you can move forward. Waiting will keep you waiting untill you die.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-05-31 20:52

    I think its time us tax payers sue for damages when protestors damage anything,although they are getting very frustrated with the party they voted for,shame.

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