Violent protest flares up in Western Cape

2012-06-26 08:26

Cape Town - At least 44 people have been arrested following renewed protests over poor living conditions in Botrivier, in the Western Cape, it was reported on Tuesday.

The Cape Times reported that residents blocked roads into the town with burning tree trunks and tyres on Monday, and pelted passing vehicles with bricks and rocks.

They also broke into seven shops and looted goods. Shop owners tried to load their wares onto trucks and escape.

The crowd then marched to the local post office and to the Theewaterskloof municipal building, where they smashed windows and pulled out phones and electrical appliances.

According to the report, the protesters tried to set the building alight, but the fire was doused by neighbours before it could spread.

Police were not available to comment on the situation on Tuesday morning.

  • rob.baggaley - 2012-06-26 08:36

    Instigated by EC refugees no doubt. These people really are a nusicance & burden to society.

      dylan.fincham.3 - 2012-06-26 09:07

      Why destroy the little you have?

      Bardy - 2012-06-26 09:47

      You don't get what you want? Destroy what you have! Great f%&king logic! These protests are also an excuse to loot shops! I think we the military to disperse these hooligans! Shoot first and then ask questions later!

  • karen.meyervantonder - 2012-06-26 08:46

    Maybe they will get better service delivery in prison where they belong.

  • gavin.lott.9 - 2012-06-26 08:53

    No sympathy from me!

  • Wayne - 2012-06-26 09:05

    If they have a legitimate concern, then they have the absolute right to demonstrate, and the DA government must hear and attend to their grievances. However, if they choose to demonstrate their grievances by destroying or stealing others or public assets, then they lose their legitamacy and must be arrested and prosecuted as the law allows. Cant help but feel that the ANC is helping fan these flames. Hope i'm wrong though.

  • frans.vanderpoll - 2012-06-26 09:17

    These protesters are nothing but a bunch of hooligans - why throw stones at passing cars? A driver can easily lose control over his vehicle and cause a major accident. Stupid!stupid!stuuupid fothermuckers!

  • sekwati.robinson - 2012-06-26 09:20

    lol double standards...if it was in gauteng or any other province governed by the anc...''some people'' would be singing anc this,anc that...corruption and looting of state funds by anc leaders etc..but now its the province governed by the beloved da...the tune changes...they point fingers at

      smili.fication - 2012-06-26 09:28

      STFU - It is in ANC controlled areas... so it's still their fault.

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-06-26 09:58

      You're mistaken. Their WARD REPRESENTATIVE is STILL ANC. Go figure.

      sekwati.robinson - 2012-06-26 10:03

      Christo you are a human being...thank you..much respect

  • Shaun Homani - 2012-06-26 09:26

    This is no news at all, no wonder cops dnt comment on ths sh*t. Usual crybabies are already crying foul as if the country owes them something. Court is gonna give warnings to all those arrested as they cant succesfully be able to investigate that kind of a case.

  • Mike.ntsh2009 - 2012-06-26 09:29

    I really fear a rule under DA. Its supporters are so intolerant and have a forked tongue when commenting on service delivery protest in WC and elsewhere in other 8 provinces. If it's in WC, protestors are to blame... elsewhere the government is to blame.

  • lerato.kay.3 - 2012-06-26 09:44

    Destroying property must be condemned at all cost and perpetrators must face the wrath of our courts. But I hate it when people portray W-Cape as a utopia where everyone is happy and service delivery is for all. Cape Town is one of the smartest cities in SA no doubt about that but it’s also a City with both of the best world compare Cape Flats and Camps Bay! It’s no secret that blacks and coloureds in Cape Town are getting crap service from the City. The fact that Cape Town being under DA which claim to be the champions of service delivery we expect life in Langa to be better than in Soweto, so it’s only natural that these poor chaps expect more from The City and in any event that’s what they were promised when they voted DA.

      Johan De Beer - 2012-06-26 09:50

      Lerato, I bet you are an ANC comrade?

      mervyn.c.abrahams - 2012-06-26 09:56

      Living in the Cape Flats I can tell you that the problem in these townships isn't so much the political parties, but the people themselves. Look at this story for example, "we want better living standards, so we are going to worsen our current standards by burning the little we have". That just doesn't make sense. The article doesn't state what exactly these people are protesting since "living standards" is a bit ambiguous. If I had to guess, they want something free: free housing, free electricity, more grants, etc.

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-06-26 09:57

      Yet, Cape Town has delivered more houses to 'blacks' loyal to the ANC (as they still voted in ANC representatives in their wards) proportionally to demographics than the ANC has done in 9 other major towns and cities, controlled by the ANC. Cape Town is still having problems (yes, like all other towns and cities controlled by the ANC). The fact is that they're STILL DOING BETTER, compared to the ANC. That's what makes the difference. Why? Because they really care about everyone, although they also have limited resources, LIKE the ANC in other towns and cities. Just look at their logo: ALL THE COLOURS of our national flag. Look at their buses. ALL THE COLOURS of our national flag. Compare that to dirty Tshwane: Green, Yellow and Black. Representative of all the people? No. Representative of those who voted the ANC into power and STILL PROTEST about it HERE where I live.

      Michael - 2012-06-26 12:18

      cant you see past skin colour you brainwashed turd.

  • dewaldmontgomery - 2012-06-26 09:54

    Yeah, brilliant. Vote in an ANC 'politician' for your ward, then protest because the DA isn't taking care of you and blame them, hey? It's your ward representative's job to take care of you. It's his or her job to go engage your local authority. If he doesn't, it's not the DA's problem. Savvy?

  • dewaldmontgomery - 2012-06-26 09:59

    I want Tshwane to maintain its buildings, streets and sidewalks. I guess it's time to go on rampage!

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-06-26 10:00

      Anyone with a bulldozer and scraper for me to destroy what's left of Garsfontein road in the East? It would do much better as a dirt road already!

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