Zandspruit protest closes off road

2012-06-13 07:26

Johannesburg - Protesters in Zandspruit were throwing stones at cars resulting in the closure of Beyers Naude Drive, Johannesburg metro police said on Wednesday.

"Due to rocks and stones in the road and people throwing stones at cars we have had to close Beyers Naude Drive near Peter Road," spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said.

"Cars going from Krugersdorp to Johannesburg will not be able to use that road. We are not sure about the reasons for the protest but it is not safe."

Minnaar said there is a heavy police presence in the area.

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  • Henri - 2012-06-13 07:44

    is anyone keeping track on how many strikes there has been this year ? gotta love SA, keeping even the unemployed busy, not productive but busy.

      rob.patrick.94 - 2012-06-13 07:50

      Why do these okes throw stones at normal citizens cars? Its as though they are blaming us for non service delivery, doesnt make sense. If I am unhappy with my job then I should burn my neighbours house down. Why dont they all get together and march to gov who is actually to blame and stone their buildings. NOW THAT MAKES SENSE!!!

      herman.brummer - 2012-06-13 07:52

      About 6000 per year... yes, that is a world record.

      Mark - 2012-06-13 08:23

      And these guys will just vote the ANC back in again at election time..... they get what they deserve..... idiots....

      Keith - 2012-06-13 08:38

      you throw rocks at my car and I pay for the free services you already get? Yeah carry on voting ANC , carry on living in squalor, I don't care.

      raymond.dick.12 - 2012-06-13 08:46

      Nobody deserves CancER.

      kobus.erasmus.5 - 2012-06-13 12:13

      Yep Zoolie, they are keeping track. 74784 "service delivery protests" since 2004.

  • Squeegee - 2012-06-13 07:45

    Great, another day in lalaland. "We are unhappy so we will make you unhappy to."

  • david.b.mcfarlane - 2012-06-13 07:45

    Let's do something totally unexpected like have a peaceful protest for a change?

      Henri - 2012-06-13 07:48

      how about goverment does its work and we wont have people protesting ? just a thought.

  • herman.brummer - 2012-06-13 07:53

    What is it this time, what free stuff do we want now.. or wait are we blaming the whites again, or apartheid... surely it must be someone else, anybody but us... our lack of willingness to learn.

  • luvo.luvos - 2012-06-13 07:56

    What gives them a right to throw stones at passing cars if their beef is with the undelivering government???

      Tony - 2012-06-13 08:05

      Maybe because they are poorly educated and unemployed with nothing better to do? One of my employees can't get to work now, am I expected to pay him for not working, neither of our fault?

      Bigrp - 2012-06-13 08:15

      Agree Tony; my nanny and our complex's gardener lives there, and now can't come to work today!

      Steve - 2012-06-13 08:20

      Should save their stones for all the fancy cars that the government and municipal officials drive. These people just cannot see the wood for the trees. We demand, we demand, we demand............ Agreed, take their beef to those that have let them down big time and stone them.

  • johann.serfontein - 2012-06-13 08:07

    So the government allows all these informal settlements to sprout up all over the place and then they seem surprised when the residents start demanding services...

      Rob - 2012-06-13 08:09

      Most sensible comment so far !

      Rob - 2012-06-13 08:20

      Sizwe....There were no houses in Sandton before the settlers arrived, not much of anything in fact. We thought you were happy living in the countryside.

      mike.down.5492 - 2012-06-13 08:23

      I doubt it Sizwe, no brain power no power. You assume every black person would become wealthy, well no apartheid in the rest of Africa just regular poverty because of poor education and the deep desire to find scapegoats. The anti white mantra is getting wafer thin as an excuse.

      Steve - 2012-06-13 08:24

      Ali Zoomer and his 400 000 thieves are too busy with their plans of self-enrichment to bother about informal settlements. The cANCer is sewing seeds of huge discontent. The backlash is coming.

      Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-06-13 08:28

      And Sizwe, If you want a house in Sandton etc, work hard and pay for it like those people who stay there are & do. We pay bonds, rent etc to have a roof over our heads. It's not free - duh. If it wasn't for the settlers etc we'd have nothing! You come to the cities and if it's not for you then you go back to what you know - not being funny but don't complain about it. If informal settlements DO pop up you won't have the right services in place because it's illegal! No electricity, plumbing etc has been put into place because it's squatting! And if you want to blame somebody, blame the useless you voted for for not keeping their promises when they said you'd get houses etc, which come with those services in place!! It's their fault, not ours!!

      Keith - 2012-06-13 08:41

      @sizwe, No they worked hard earned money and saved like most people in the civilized world. Thats the problem with generalizing you racist bigot clown makes you wrong most of the time.

      mike.down.5492 - 2012-06-13 08:41

      Sizwe peoples forefathers don't pay the nations current bonds, the current generation pay their own way and if you don't like it tough

      Megan - 2012-06-13 09:05

      Sizwe, firstly SA does not constitute the world, secondly if you were capable of thinking even slightly logically for a few minutes you will soon realise that at some point you need to stop blaming (an unbelievable horrific - no one with any form of brain cells will ever disagree with that) past and start looking at the failures of the recent 18 years. I completely agree with you to a certain extent that most of these people are in these dire situations because of apartheid, however when are we going to start realising that 18 years is enough time to have at the very least improved the lives of plenty. However, that hasn't happened. Why are people so happy to burn and destroy things when they can't get what pretty much everyone else has had to WORK for, but none of them say anything about the R30 billion odd that has been stolen and misspent. I honestly don't give a flying rats ass about WHO or more importantly what colour our leaders are - just as long as they are capable of doing their jobs properly without causing MORE suffering. Which is unfortunately exactly what the current ANC is doing! Bring back the ANC we saw under the leadership of Nelson Mandela and they will have all of my support. The current ANC has either lost sight of who they were or are completely incapable of implementing sustainable policies, and because of that, those who suffered the most will continue to suffer. And it is no longer apartheids fault.

      norah.kwatala - 2012-06-13 09:36

      Arg Sizwe Shut up please!

  • braamc - 2012-06-13 08:12

    You get what you vote for, nothing!

      Emile - 2012-06-13 12:26

      booyaah! suck it anc

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-06-13 08:13

    Lock all these klip gooiers away. These morons have no right just to start up any old strike when they see fit. Not only that,, to put innocent motorists lives at danger. Do something about it goverment. Show them that they are not above the law.

      mike.down.5492 - 2012-06-13 08:27

      Sizwe let's play the worlds smallest violin. People paid for their homes and struggle with the upkeep. This country belongs to everybody born here, go read the freedom charter you foreigner!

      Rob - 2012-06-13 08:36

      @ Sizwe...You will have economic freedom when " yours " ( we ) get your act together & become a more educated & hardworking people and lose the mentality of entitlement. NOTHING is for free, even your vote, for which it appears " yours " have paid the highest price !

      mike.down.5492 - 2012-06-13 08:45

      Sorry Sizwe I am not a boer that mantra is a failure, you just label people and call them names. You don't know us so don't make assumption, I am too young to have owned slaves and you entire vitriol is a bs, stop whinging !

      Rob - 2012-06-13 08:46

      Sizwe: Economic freedom! Are you ready for it? 1. Getting a bond for a house that the bank will own for most of your life and you will pay at anything between 12% and 30% interests on for more than 20 years. 2. Giving up more than 60% of your income on various types of taxes. 3. Being accountable for ALL of your debts. Sure it is better to have wealth than not, but if you think that it means a free ride you are in for a shock of note!

      Keith - 2012-06-13 08:47

      @SIZWE, I would love to see you come on these pages and argue your point without bringing up apartheid? You are desperate and are incapable of arguing on our level so you pull that famous card, it's so predictable it loses its effectiveness

      k.tlokotsi - 2012-06-13 09:34

      @sizwe, I would like to give you an example of what hard work can do and how it trancends through generations. My "black" parents grew up in apartheid S.A. They were raised by hard working parents who sent them to university with the little they had. Today my parents are both academics (Dad - Honours and Mom - Phd) that work in their field and run 2 successful businesses. This allowed them to BUY their own land and pay their bond in less than 20 years and send us to good schools. They instilled the principle of hard work in my brother and I from a young age by making us work at the businesses during holidays and some weekends to earn our pocket money. Today both of us are passing our respective degrees with distinction. Furthermore I also have a job and I bought myself a car earlier this year and mind you I'm studying a full time degree in Sports Psych. So please stop with your racist rantings and stop pretending like every black person would have been wealthy, because you and I know that many South African black people are lazy to wake up and make a life for themselves, I know this for a fact. I am not playing down the injustices of the past but I wish people like you could not use it as silly excuse to rationalise your insane and unwarranted hate for white people esp this generation who had nothing to do with the past. Fact is hard work sows wealth. We always talk about the future, well its here lets live and stop passing on blame for what we dnt have its unproductive.

      jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-06-13 09:41

      Well said Tiokotsi. Well said.

      Dorothea - 2012-06-13 12:20

      sizwe, i no longer live in SA, but due to family ties I keep in touch with the happenings and developments. I am so pleased to leave the turmoil, the tension and the outright lawlessness that your people stir up on a daily basis. attitudes like yours are just going to hurt you and your friends in long run. I have just popped into the South African shop at the local Train Station to buy some biltong for my hubby. The shop is full of South Africans and the shop owner mentioned that they are opening up new stores all the time. WHY? because people like you are sending away all the skill out of the country. I am continually shocked at how many South African accents I hear on a daily basis in my new country. And these are all people who have degrees, spending power and could be building YOUR country bbut have instead chosen to leave. when you have sent all the skill and investment out of the country, WHO will fund your 'pity party'? why dont you consider growing a work ethic and asking yourself what you can give BACK to the country so that your children have a future there? you may hate the whites and want to seek revenge, but you need to be sensible about this. start participating in the democracy that you wanted to much.... and just grow up!

  • shaylene.stenger - 2012-06-13 08:24

    Keep voting for the ANC....

      Rob - 2012-06-13 08:37

      Dont say that....There are not enough rocks !

  • elkita.robbertse - 2012-06-13 08:34

    Stop your protests.Vote ANC.Hahahahahaha

  • dinavanniekerk - 2012-06-13 08:55

    Maybe the protesters should think about that old adage ... Be careful what you ask from life : you might just get exactly what you ask for!

  • Brad - 2012-06-13 09:32

    I dont understand why they are protesting in the first place. After all is is the very same people that voted for the anc (notice its not in caps, cos the anc does not deserve any respect). It's really sad that people have to suffer but for @#$% sakes, if you dumb enough to repeatedly vote for a party that does not deliver, you kinda deserve it

  • Mark - 2012-06-13 10:13

    What is happening in Johannesburg will definitely escalate. The only problem is that stoning of cars, damaging and looting is happening in the township where the problems are which tells me we are fighting against one another and causing more heartache, inconvenience, havoc and pain amongst ourselves. Should we not move the 'fight' to our current Incapable Government who are the direct cause of our dilemmas ?? The sooner we realise that colour is no longer an issue the sooner we can focus on our various problems collectively. Just remember the police is an arm of government and they will identify and arrest involved people. Didnt this same scenario happen in 1976?? Only difference now is our people are fighting for ''a different life for all'' and even if the ruling party uses this phraseology during election time it is clear that they are sweet talking the masses who I hope would not vote for them in future. Its high time we look behind the facade.

  • Emile - 2012-06-13 12:23

    if you are protesting, and nobody knows wtf you are protesting, then you are NOT protesting. you are being a dick

  • kobus.oosthuizen.58 - 2012-06-13 12:28

    you gotta love the reasoning - move to a plot of land which was nothing more than open veld as recent as 8 years ago, and get angry at passers-by because the land you are squatting on has no services....retards! anyone know where we can get a super-huge can of Doom?

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