Violent protests inexcusable - ANC

2012-03-22 17:30

Johannesburg - The ANC in Gauteng has condemned violent protests in Ratanda, Sharpeville and Evaton.

"The torching of government buildings and houses under the disguise of service delivery is wrong and borders on act of criminality," it said on Thursday.

"Any violent conduct to highlight grievances is unacceptable and inexcusable."

The fact that the violence took place on Human Rights Day boded ill for democracy, it said.


The ANC called on police to arrest the perpetrators. It also called on protesters to exercise restraint and to be patient while the government tried to meet their demands.

"People have the legal right to protest without using violence. The protest should not be detrimental to rights of other citizens," it said.

"The violent conduct of protesters is not only wrong, but undermines our determined efforts to work to improve the lives of ordinary people in the affected areas."

In Ratanda, near Heidelberg, at least 80 people have been arrested for civil unrest and looting since the start of the protests on Monday. Several homes have been torched.

Protests in Evaton, south of Johannesburg, were apparently sparked by rumours that a local church was satanic. Supermarkets and businesses in the area were looted.

In Sharpeville, 70 people were arrested for housebreaking and theft during protests.

Police said the situation in all three areas was quiet on Thursday morning.

  • Merkwaardig - 2012-03-22 17:40

    Right --and MK pranced in tutus?

      Peter-Peter - 2012-03-22 18:51

      Yeah well...if you bring your kids up with the idea in mind that freedom is the right to have everything for free...and allow them to grow up with no discipline or respect...and that the way to go about doing things the 'right' way (ie, demand and strike and unruliness in general) now that your 'kids' are all grown cant tell them the difference between right and wrong, if the 'wrong' is the only way they know of doing things.

      Penny's - 2012-03-22 19:30

      Right ... left

  • Kevin - 2012-03-22 17:41

    Even your voters know what the anc is

      Anthony - 2012-03-22 18:21

      i dont condone violence----but i suppose they are desparate for service delivery [and as desperate as we are about the anc]---nothing has changed since 1994 --in fact many, many will tell you IT HAS GOT WORSE--sure they have the vote but sadly still no services--and you know what---they never will get these services--not while the anc is in power [you cant say in control]

      Andrew - 2012-03-22 18:47

      "...borders on act of criminality" act of criminality!!!

  • mnthane - 2012-03-22 17:49

    THE PEOPLE ARE FED UP WITH EMPTY PROMISES!!! The next thing coming is a coup HOPE YALL ARE READY!!! Thanx ANC 4 freeing us 4rm the chains of oppression and discrimination but YALL have not done much 4 the masses u FAILED now RIP!!!

      Jacqui - 2012-03-23 12:14

      Mnthane, the saddest part is that the chains of oppression have been replaced by chains of poverty and are held firmly in place by greed.

  • Gregory - 2012-03-22 17:50

    You reap what you sow, fat cat Anc leaders. You don't deliver on your promises, the people will protest.

  • Sharon - 2012-03-22 17:52

    It is so hard to remove the culture the ANC nurtured in the 80's and 90's. How can they now condemn the same behaviour they encouraged back then?

      J.D. - 2012-03-22 18:01

      Sharon they do not care. The anc know that they failed, they know right from the beginning they will fail in governing the country because they know the "people." So they deployed all cadres so that they can steal as much as possible before the collapse, because they think they will be OK then. Maybe flee to some other place, Cuba should be high on the favourite hideout list. So the longer they talk BS the longer they will be in power to steal.

  • Jonathan - 2012-03-22 17:57

    Don't cry now ANC. You started it. You created this culture of violence, civil disobedience, making the country ungovernable and total disrespect for human life and the law but then it was OK. Remember your praise singer in chief Desmond Tutu and Winnie when she encouraged the youth to commit necklace murders.

      Jacqui - 2012-03-23 12:16

      David, of course they want to make the W. Cape ungovernable. All the other provinces where they are holding the reigns are already in a mess and that has to happen here too. Stupid I know, but that is what their leaders are teaching them.

  • vmeiring1 - 2012-03-22 17:59

    OK, but the poor service delivery and corruption is OK???? If the ANC was a decent government this would not have happened. Worst of all, it's getting worse. The tax payer must pay for the ANC's incompetancy.

  • Carry - 2012-03-22 17:59

    The misuse of state funds, blatant stealing and continuous government bluders is alos inexcusable. So come on voters, we can change this situation.

  • Erich - 2012-03-22 18:02

    I am the last person to support the senseless actions of a bunch of hooligans but cannot help to think that if the well-paid Councillors were more readily prepared to meet with the disgruntled protesters and hear them out, much of the sting could have been taken out of the actions of these people. When they made themselves available for election, it implied that that they will serve the cause of the voters.

  • Letitia - 2012-03-22 18:03

    I want to say the media with there sEnsation seeking are rubbing up people and greating these situasions they are the devil provocing peoples fears they are evil provoking all this race dividing crap sa is a perfect country chase the away they only pubish negative stuff shame on the media

      Anthony - 2012-03-22 18:28

      letitia---are u the missing link

      Julio - 2012-03-22 19:17

      WTF are you going on about? I suppose you're an advocate of the proposed info bill. I suppose you think that when the government eventually passes the info bill, none of this will be reported and therefore everything will be hunky dory in the country.

      Nettie - 2012-03-22 19:28

      Letitia is not the missing link she is just missing. Maybe she is inhaling secondhand ??? smoke.

      Mantsho - 2012-03-22 19:50

      Another global village idiot has join the N24, OMG!

      Oscar - 2012-03-22 20:01

      Letitia, TIK is not good for you...

      Jacqui - 2012-03-23 12:19

      Letitia, so all these riots didn't happen then?. The media devil sucked it out of it's fat thumb. Are you for real?. Or earning a fat salary working for the government?.Some devil is busy with you and that's for sure.

  • Econwald - 2012-03-22 18:12

    Whats wrong with the ANC now ?

      Jacqui - 2012-03-23 12:21

      Econwald. What's wrong with the ANC now?. The same that's been wrong with it for almost twenty years.

  • Andrew - 2012-03-22 18:13

    If the ANC and its cadre deployments had not stolen the billions of rands we would not have this problem. Unfortunately it suits the ANC to keep the voting public uneducated so they continue to vote for them!!! Sad but true!!!

      Juan - 2012-03-22 19:12

      That's why they are not doing anything to improve schooling in ANC strongholds like Limpopo and the Eastern Cape. Keep them dumb, that's how they hold onto power

  • George - 2012-03-22 18:15

    As one who respects logic the phrase "Any violent conduct to highlight grievances is unacceptable and inexcusable." seems problematic. The current rulers had no difficulty with this under the apartheid regime. They must appreciate that many people feel little has changed therefore they will use the same methods. Moral; what goes round comes around. Careful what you wish for it may come back to haunt you. Mother Nature is a perfect accountant. The books will always balance. The e-tolling project is a perfect example of abuse of power.

  • Dipstix Dup - 2012-03-22 18:17

    Dear government. Violence is criminal but so is your corruption and blocking of anything that points fingers at you. Sick! Who will police u or expose you?

  • celeste.rsa - 2012-03-22 18:28

    But it was okay in the 70s an 80s??????

  • Panthera - 2012-03-22 18:33

    hahahaha what a bunch of BS . anc you started this nonsense now eat it up ! i say carry on with the "VIOlance" push these corrupt officials back to upper africa man ! Anc have said these things for years, unless there's an uprising of some sort to topple the government or at least to VOTE FOR A DIFFERENT PARTY so that we could get some sort of order in here, We as a country are not going forward EVER.

  • Rob - 2012-03-22 18:33

    I agree 100%

  • Shirley - 2012-03-22 18:39

    After hearing what anc spent of tax payers money on a party, Im surprised at their reaction. They created the monster-now they must deal with it!

  • Rex - 2012-03-22 18:49

    I remember an ANC slogan from back in days when an education through whichever department, had a degree of value. It went "FREEDOM BEFORE EDUCATION". Well today we have "freedumb ov edikayshun". FREEDUMB buddy. Thats all you get for free. DUMB DUMB DUMB. Yes the B is supposed to be there dummy - look in a dictionary. The poor ignorant populace of Africa have not yet realised that the pie available to eat cannot grow by itself and the more people there are eating the pie the less there is for each person. Unfortunately breeding is the one thing the uneducated and ignorant are good at and to coin a phrase "ignorance breeds ignorance". It is only through education that it is possible to rise up with dignity and integrity but that entails hard work which is unfortunately not something the ignorant are prepared to take into consideration. It is far easier and much more fun to pillage and burn. Besides which you can get away with it here as there is nobody to catch you as they are all hiding behind speed cameras waiting for their 'clip'.

  • Julio - 2012-03-22 19:24

    The sad thing here is that all these disgruntled people will either vote the anc councillors back in or won't vote at all. They don't have the ability nor the guts to at least try to vote for a different party that might just give them a better deal.

  • Arnold - 2012-03-22 19:30

    They learnt their trade from the masters of destruction, but now the boot is on the other foot.You okes reared these monsters, deal with it.

  • Melusi - 2012-03-22 19:31

    So i guess its excusable that 18yrs after democracy there are more shacks than there were during apartheid,f@ck off anc,get the hell off your high horses and smell the coffee,OMG why are the elections so far?

      Penny's - 2012-03-22 19:45

      Common sense MUST prevail. Vote with our heads, NOT our hearts ...

  • charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2012-03-22 19:47

    Can't blame the government for everything that some people are doing to bring down our country. The greatest mistake was made when the ANC government said that education is free and South Africa is a free country. Most of the youth still believe that they are free to do whatever they wish,they have no respect for themselves, so how can they respect the citizens who want Peace and a crime free country? The tax payers have to pay for all the damages the violent protesters have caused. There is no such thing as ordinary and ex-ordinary Citizens. We are all Human beings, acknowledged that some humans are really the devils in the human form. God have mercy on the believers.

  • Simon - 2012-03-22 19:59

    "The torching of government buildings and houses under the disguise of service delivery is wrong and borders on act of criminality," WOW tough statement! Pray tell ANC when is torching of property a criminal act!

  • Gregory - 2012-03-22 20:24

    Those couple of little fires is nothing. Compared to what's coming , BURN BURN BURN, get your act together ANC. Before this hole country is a smoldering heap of ash.

  • Bloodstone - 2012-03-22 21:26

    "The torching of government buildings and houses under the disguise of service delivery is wrong and borders on act of criminality," my word, and that is the actual quoted statement of the Government? Burning the taxpayers property "borders" on criminality?? The inability to recognise a criminal act is worrying and it borders on gross mental incapability of the government to recognise criminality when it happens in front of their collective snouts while chomping away in the trough of corruption and self-enrichment.

  • Patiwe - 2012-03-22 21:58

    It does't border on criminality, it's a criminal act. The police must just do their work fulstop.

  • manu2012 - 2012-03-22 22:41

    When people show their complains they must be peacefull and respect govt property.The govt must make sure that we getthe services that we deserve it is disgusting to see projects like the Nandoni Dam which was completed 2004 and is currently full to its capacity,but the surrounding communities go on without water.The ANC is failing the electorate

  • Blip - 2012-03-23 05:09

    "We will make this country ungovernable!" --- ANC slogan, 1980.

  • jmccaffs - 2012-03-23 05:14

    to stand by and watch the government loot the coffers of this country is inexcusable, to stand by and let this happen is a crime worse than demanding service delivery

  • jmccaffs - 2012-03-23 05:16

    freedom from the oppressor is what the people want

  • anthro45 - 2012-03-23 06:57

    But all the pre-1994 violent protests against the state, instigated by the now ANC leaders, were alright.

  • Vincent - 2012-03-23 07:15

    Say rather "Lack of service delivery is inexcusable while we,the politicians, enrich ourselves and our families and friends."

  • Den - 2012-03-23 08:10

    we will not tolerate you not tolerating our useless service delivery

  • Mark - 2012-03-23 10:01

    What's actually wrong, even criminal, is the way the ANC are ripping off the very people who elected them and the tax-paying citizenry of this country. They are a disgrace.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-03-23 10:06

    priceless coming from a party who's idea of peaceful protest was bombing woman and children in supermarkets and schools. You reap what you sow, and like it or not Mr. ANC man it is your people who you trained and brainwashed that are committing these acts of violence.

  • Mohsin - 2012-03-23 11:01


  • Jacqui - 2012-03-23 12:11

    But violence is just fine in Grabouw. Hypocrites.

  • Johnson - 2012-03-26 13:40

    It was correct under apartheid - it is criminal under the ANC. Setting double standards is the ANC. You will not need this if there was service delivery - simple

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