Violence breaks out in Swellendam

2012-11-16 09:04

Cape Town - Shops have reportedly been looted and torched in Swellendam, after a service delivery protest turned violent.

eNCA reported on Friday morning that there is a heavy police presence in the Western Cape town after a liquor store was burned and a butchery was looted following a protest overnight.

There were reportedly rubber bullet casings on the N2, which was closed during the protest, but has since reopened.

The protest apparently continued until about 01:00, but the situation is now calm.

EWN reported that the protest flared up on Wednesday, but the Western Cape provincial government denied that it was related to the farmworker strike and protests in the province.

Die Burger reported on Friday that the protest was related to political turmoil in the municipality.

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-11-16 09:17

    All the protestors who pretend to be farmworkers are just mr zuma's mob... he probably added expenses for busses also the his security account...

      cobus.leroux.3 - 2012-11-16 09:46

      I'm not one that really puts much faith in conspiracy theories, but..... Look at the areas showing recent protests with road closures: De Doorns (N1), Wolsely (alternative to N1), Robertson (detour to N1 & N2), Swellendam (N2), Grabouw (N2), Villiersdorp (detour to N1 & N2)........ Am I seeing a pattern for isolating the Western Cape? If so, who and to what end? Well, maybe I'm just seeing things.

      jess.scholtz.18 - 2012-11-16 09:49

      Entirely true. My parents have a farm in Swellendam and their non-striking laborers have told them that the ones causing havoc in the town are municipal workers that have been bussed in from elsewhere. It's becoming a little too blatantly obvious when the ANC causes the trouble and then tries to shift the blame onto Zille.

      CapeIndependence - 2012-11-16 14:18

      We should secede and everyone here knows it..

      tim.gordon.5011516 - 2012-11-16 16:08

      Seems the thugs went out for a dop and a chop.

  • lydonmcg - 2012-11-16 09:17


      lorain.maseko - 2012-11-16 09:53

      But allegeldly the countrey is not in crisis.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-11-16 10:28

      The ANC is very skilled in denial and using the blame-game/race card to avert attention away from their bullsh*t

      junebugg.kinte - 2012-11-16 14:34

      Relax white people, we have been having strikes every month since 1960..Its not Anarchy, when they start protesting like the Arab people now that will be Anarchy.

  • kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-16 09:17

    cANCer 3rd force in action again agaist DP Western Cape.

  • ronald.stilianou - 2012-11-16 09:18

    This is purely opportunistic, the police needs to take harsher action against these barbarians. It is clear that it is politically motivated, what's the chances of getting the ANC prosecuted for instigating this.

  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-11-16 09:21

    Service delivery strikes are an excuse for people to cause chaos, hurt others, vandalize property & steal! Does this need to keep happening before service delivery will become better (more efficient)???

  • george.snr - 2012-11-16 09:23

    Blame it on the anc and cosatu they behind it. Why don't Zuma want to call the army in? Mr president start doing your job now, and don't blame it on criminals. Your mp,s are useless. Fire them all, get educated people to run the country not people that got no education, we are sending bad vibes out to the world.

  • Don.Tandy - 2012-11-16 09:25

    The children/savages/animals at play again. Anarchy Nepotism Corruption - business as usual on the gravy train.

  • bobby.jaan.92 - 2012-11-16 09:25

    What are they complaining about? For services they didn't pay for in the first place?

  • ian.duncan.5855 - 2012-11-16 09:25

    SA is one f up circus!

      kobie.nel1 - 2012-11-16 09:30

      Hey, don't give them ideas, you might find yourself paying a entrance fee with sun-up every day.

      kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-16 10:00

      Kobie they are working on it. Its called e-toll.

  • hezekiel.lefopane - 2012-11-16 09:26

    The SO CALLED properly run province in crisis, I thought they are immune from service delivery protests..anc is to blame again..people have opened their eyes now and realised that only certain areas in cape town are being targeted for improvements while others are still in shambles..the sooner da realize that “criticising” even when anc member goes to the loo is not delivery the better...

      hendrikvs - 2012-11-16 09:38

      When will your eyes open?

      tony.angel.3975 - 2012-11-16 09:41

      Go find yourself a tree pse!!

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-11-16 10:34

      Ja bra, deny all you want. The ANC is going down, sooner or later you will see that. Sooner or later you will realise that they are taking you for a ride, and are not interested in you. There are more and more black people that are fed up and want change, and they realise that changing their vote is what will cause this change. Look up what the definition of a democracy is. It definitely isn't this, where Zumba can do and spend as he pleases, and take 15 weeks to come up with a lame-a$$ excuse that his "family" paid for his compound.

  • chris.booise - 2012-11-16 09:26

    According to the news over the radio this is political, after an incident involving the ANC, ACDP and DA. So what is the real story?

      eric.viljoen - 2012-11-16 09:34

      Helen Zille on Twitter: "Re riots in Swellendam: ANC bitter about High Court's recent ruling that ANC 'coup' attempt to seize power was illegal"

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-11-16 10:57

      Ja, you see how they lie (the supposed "white" media too). It was a 'coup' not service delivery protests.

      ashley.carolissen.3 - 2012-11-16 14:05

      its about corruption with tenders, property development and private businesses involving the DA my friend. Nothing to do with the crap people are saying here.

  • chiepner - 2012-11-16 09:29

    "The country is stable" - Dear Mr Zuma (I do not want to call you president anymore because like many people in our country I lost all respect for you) but I digress - Nkandla is not our entire country. If things seems stable in your billion rand mansion I assure you what ever your advisors or your close comrade Mac is feeding you is a load of crap. So please - try to do what you have to do to stop all these violence (that gets instigated by your party and unions) and try to understand that when investors start pulling out their money just like Mad Bob you will then be forced to steal other countries minirals to keep on funding your over lavish lifestyle. When things start to go really badly it WILL effect you and your ANC comrades.

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-11-16 09:30

    Waht? The president said there was NO instability in South Africa, will you journalists stop making up stories.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-11-16 10:58

      Re ??'s on Swellendam 'coup': ANC recently tried to seize power with ACDP to oust DA local government. High court ruled ANC 'coup' illegal Now you know...

  • wesselo1 - 2012-11-16 09:36

    Another chapter in the ANC promise to make the Western Cape ungovernble.

  • veldt66 - 2012-11-16 09:37

    Those farm workers are paid R69 a day, what do u really call that? In 2012

      emile.marais - 2012-11-16 09:42

      ANC negotiated minimum wage.

      sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-11-16 09:57

      Day light robbery.

      kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-16 10:01


      hezekiel.lefopane - 2012-11-16 10:02

      People must stop blaming anc about negotiating minimum like some of the opposition parties blaming laws of this country but then this laws are passed there in parliament..they r involved in the debates..Maybe they just have to oppose or blame anc hence they called “opposition paries”...

      Tankiso Mogoje - 2012-11-16 10:06

      Instead of interverning in the strike the premier just wants to call the army in.One can just see or make up his/her mind on why the premier does wants to call the army instead of persuading the two parties to reach a settlement.

      emile.marais - 2012-11-16 10:21

      The fact is, the ANC as governing party approved the minimum wage, which strangely is one of the lowest in the country. They have a majority, not opposition parties. Why did the ANC approve it then?

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-11-16 10:30

      So, what is the going wage for someone who can do nothing else, and doesn't have think about anything else, but picking something off a bush?

      beliinda.sham - 2012-11-16 10:58

      I call it "Better than nothing" which is all they will get now!

  • hendrikvs - 2012-11-16 09:37

    Service delivery protest??? Was the liquor store not quick enough to serve liquor to customers? And while we at it - let's steal meat too!

  • lhensby - 2012-11-16 09:41

    It's time we met violence with violence, police should use live ammo and put an end to all this nonsence once and for all. I'll offer my services for free. Things are out of control now the anc is to soft!

  • jody.beggs - 2012-11-16 09:42

    More affirmative shopping ...

  • mart.botha - 2012-11-16 09:55

    This is why Africa WILL NEVER reach it's true potential.

      thunder.clap.587 - 2012-11-16 10:04

      Why Africa won't reach its full potential is it is being exploited n e exploiters expect Africa to keep quite,Nah it doesn't work like dat,Africa will n is gettin more agressive,watch this space.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-11-16 10:40

      It will never reach full potential because the majority of Africa's inhabitants do not understand the difference between constructive & destructive, or democratic & autocratic.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-11-16 12:07

      Exploited by the ANC ja

  • Tankiso Mogoje - 2012-11-16 09:55

    Service delivery protest?In the WC?I thought the madam has covered all corners concerning delivery.Oh,maybe people were bussed from other provinces to protest.Something is fishy here.

      klasie.kitshoff - 2012-11-16 10:20

      Some people know that using buses are too dangerous. Look at the poor Zambian international soccer team!! And dont try to think again . Dont think why imported stuff like the TV costs more (at the shop). Dont think that you as a consumer are gonna pay for the damages. R50 for a loaf of bread will do, hey?

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-11-16 10:35

      The entire government and their freedom party tactics are fishy. If you're protesting against an unfair wage, do you automatically resort to burning and looting as well? Well, you probably would, but I mean normal civilised people.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-11-16 09:57

    It appears since apartheid collapsed in 1994 all the barbarians that were obviously hiding underground somewhere appeared. I actually thought that the people pre 1994 would gladly want to move on but yet we are seeing more and more barbarians now than ever before. How can they be allowed to burn, loot and destroy other peoples property to make a statement and our government does not stand up and read them the riot act. They need urgently to put a law into place to stop this type of violence and vandalizm. This is not democracy. If they want to protest, then do so peacefully and without violence or vandalism. Put stiff penalties in place and see that they are carried out swiftly by the law. This alone will make a statement that this type of barbaric behaviour will not be tolerated. These people need to feel the affect of the law. As with children, you cant threaten them all the time without eventually making them feel the punishment. Strikers have become too brave and believe the can do anything they like, well now its time to make them FEEL THE CONSEQUENCES of their actions.

  • fanie.essgee - 2012-11-16 10:07

    Go ahead, i have news for you, by the next election more of your puppets would have seen the light and would have left the jokers party, you can try and make the WC as unmanageable as you want, you might then find more than just the WC in the hands of the opposition, you and your government and followers are all failed jokers, as you have turned a 1st world show case into a 3rd word mockery, shame on you, you idiot..

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-16 10:12

    Bloody Savages. I bet Tony Ehrenreich, Marius Fransman and COSATU will be pleased.

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-11-16 10:28

    Shoot to kill. These people are not protesters, they're criminals.

  • jerry.schuitema - 2012-11-16 10:31

    What's happening in Swellendam is one man and a few cronies holding a town to ransom. Reverting to something Hitler perfected...if you lose at the polls and in the courts, 50 thugs in the street will get attention. When democracy and the courts fail -- what next?.

      ronald.stilianou - 2012-11-16 11:27

      The only thing left is for the citizens to take the law into their own hands

  • jerry.schuitema - 2012-11-16 10:31

    What's happening in Swellendam is one man and a few cronies holding a town to ransom. Reverting to something Hitler perfected...if you lose at the polls and in the courts, 50 thugs in the street will get attention. When democracy and the courts fail -- what next?.

  • elenthal - 2012-11-16 10:33

    whaha this is pathetic they burn the place down then the next day " eish i dont have job" :S logic... we have an abundance of it clearly!

  • UncleShep - 2012-11-16 10:34

    Chabvondoka mu Joni!

      UncleShep - 2012-11-16 11:59


  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-11-16 10:42

    Double the pay will cut the employed in half so more unemployed means more crime. When people are starving they resort to crime as the only way to survive. These are mainly casuals and the whole problem would be solved by getting rid of the 10 million illegal immigrants. Then if there was a shortage of labour factories would pay more just to get somebody to do the job.

  • siyabonga.phungula1 - 2012-11-16 10:49

    the whole western cape administration regardless of political affiliation should use all means to resolve this matter peaceful. No court has determined thats its a certain political party thats causing havoc.

      ronald.stilianou - 2012-11-16 11:32

      And the footage of the bus loads of ANC members that were dropped do you explain that?, and, yes, they where branding ANC flags and openly said they were there on ANC business. I eagerly await your response, but not holding my breath , you are an idiot after all if you still support the ANC.

  • siyabonga.phungula1 - 2012-11-16 10:52

    protesters involved in criminal activities like destruction of property should be arrested and prosecuted.

  • sibu.malusi - 2012-11-16 12:04

    Through all the comments here and what has been in the media, I have come to realize this sad fact: It's not the truth that really matters, but more people's perception of the truth..or their version. Cosatu has blamed all of this on Zille, the DA and the farmers. The story behind the prophecy they're preaching is something completely different. Yet they get away with this propaganda and all the people of this country, who don't know the real story, falls for this. In the end the truth doesn't matter. The truth might be much more humane, but by twisting it, they portray Zille, the DA and the farmers as inhumane. Through this action they successfully polarize ethnic groups, play them off against each other, while they're sitting back and enjoying the show - a cheap trick to get the WC back into their grubby little fingers. And this is so incredibly sad, because it shows a insatiable lust for power at all costs, complete disregard for human lives and an unwillingness to really improve the lot of common South Africans by working together with opposition parties. In the end, everyone and everything is expendable, as long as they get what they want. And their version of the 'truth' is then propagated into the uneducated society who willingly and eagerly licks it up with the promise of a better life if the ANC takes over. Cry for the beloved country, this is SO not what Madiba would've wanted :(

      siyabonga.phungula1 - 2012-11-16 20:58

      just as zille and the da are painting the anc and calling zuma by every insult, so whats new?

  • sue.mcgheelangston - 2012-11-16 12:05

    I really wish the British Public would stop complaining about the state of the country when people wake up to this kind of thing in the mornings and have to get through their days safely BE SAFE XXXXX

  • daniel.w.gie - 2012-11-16 12:17

    What's the fuss....they planning a braai .... got meat , got booze time .

      simondgie - 2012-11-16 14:19

      You're an idiot.

  • elvinhenry.coulter - 2012-11-16 12:30

    There shouldn't be rubber bullet cases on the N2, they should be R5 and 8 ball shotgun cases.

  • Hans Senior - 2012-11-16 18:40

    shoot to kill, these people are just opportunistic thieves

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