ICYMI: 37 people arrested over #Shutdown protests in the Western Cape

2019-04-12 08:26

Service delivery related protests have flared up across South Africa ahead of national elections in May.

Protest action.

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12 Apr 15:37
All roads are now open in JHB - Soweto.

12 Apr 14:46

#PennyvilleShutdown: 'Hand over title deeds within 7 days or face Gauteng shutdown' - angry residents

While rubber bullets and rocks flew during service delivery protests in the streets of Pennyville, Soweto, a memorandum, calling for title deeds to the Pennyville flats within a period of seven days, was handed over to Premier David Makhura's office in Johannesburg on Friday.

12 Apr 14:33

Sir Lowry's Pass is open for traffic except the N2 outgoing is closed between De Beers and Victoria Road in Somerset West.

Please follow directions given by Traffic Officials on scene, or make use of alternative routes. - Western Cape Traffic Chief Kenny Africa

12 Apr 14:26

Here's a traffic update from Western Cape Traffic Chief Kenny Africa:

N2  Somerset West open in both directions.

Sir Lowry's Pass Village closed between N2 and William Sergeant Road

Blackheath industrial area.

Wimbledon Road closed between Buttskop Road and Range Road

Eersteriver Forest Drive closed between Bobs Way and Marigold Road.

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Cops confirm claims of one death in Rus-Ter-Vaal protests false

Claims that a man was killed during service delivery protests in Rus-Ter-Vaal outside Vereeniging appeared to be false, police said on Friday morning.

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12 Apr 13:18
#PennyvilleShutdown : Gauteng police spokesperson, Captain Kay Makhubele confirmed to News 24 that 8 suspects have been arrested so far on charges of public violence @CannyMaphanga

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"Look at this land, vacant property which can give us our dignity and a place to call our own. Why are they shooting us when all we want is a home?" - Pumzile Pika from Nomzamo, near Somerset West

12 Apr 12:43

Asked if it is possible that some of the protests are instigated by political parties for political gains ahead of the election, as alleged by the DA, economist at Municipal IQ Karen Heese told News24: "It is possible – even if it is not directly intended, politicking is likely to raise unhappiness in certain communities; the issue is whether there are valid concerns that political parties may or may not be galvanising support around."

She said there was not necessarily a pattern that protests were more like to happen in a municipality that is governed by the DA.

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Police patrol Forest Village. (Supplied)

12 Apr 12:18

Protest action broke out in Eerste River on Friday at the site of the billion-rand Forest Village housing project as attempts are being made to invade the newly built homes which have not yet been inhabited.

Ward councillor Jerome Fitz told News24 people had been bussed into the area from as far as Fisantekraal – almost 40km away - to try and illegally occupy the vacant homes.

Over 5 000 housing opportunities for people from the N2 Phase 1 Housing Projects as well as beneficiaries from the surrounding communities would benefit.

In March, the Provincial Department of Human Settlements said it had handed over 1 200 homes since last year.

The entire development was to be completed by 2020.

Fitz said the attempted occupation was unfair to those who had been patiently waiting for a long time to occupy in to their allocated homes.

Occupation certificates still needed to be issued and final checks were to be done before the next batch of beneficiaries were given the go-ahead to move in, he explained.

Police as well as law enforcement were on site as hundreds of people protested in the streets, Fitz told News24. City of Cape Town traffic services spokesperson Richard Coleman confirmed that Forest Drive had been closed in both directions between Bobs Way and Marigold Street.

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12 Apr 12:08

Steve Mabona, spokesperson for Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said schools are closed where ever there is a protest.

"It is dire".

12 Apr 12:08

Winde said yesterday, the EMS were challenged in transferring patients from primary health care facilities to hospital, while the Khayelitsha Hospital had to function on skeleton staff.

"I commend the staff of our public facilities, who, despite all the difficulties, kept services going at the hospital."

12 Apr 12:07

Western Cape Safety MEC Alan Winde condemned the protests, and said the provincial department of health reports that the Nomzamo Community Day Centre in Strand is still closed as staff are unable to get to work.

This means that the 375 patients that frequent this facility daily are not able to receive necessary services.

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[SUMMARY] #LwandleProtest The ward councillor in the area has called for calm.

He says community members must, in a disciplined way, chart a way forward which will address their housing needs, when they meet Mayco member for Human Settlements next week. @kamva_somdyala

12 Apr 12:05

Western Cape education MEC Debbie Schäfer said on Thursday the department had to close 21 schools in the Lwandle, Nomzamo and Khayelitsha areas. 

The Happy Valley area has also been affected, and a further eight schools were either being monitored for closure or were disrupted significantly.  

Today there are more reports of disruption. At many other schools, there was low attendance.

12 Apr 12:00

Free State police spokesperson Captain Stephen Thakeng said on Thursday night three trucks were burnt in Steynsrus.

One of the trucks was being used load frozen chickens. The frozen chickens were looted. The driver suffered minor injuries.

12 Apr 11:57

Western Cape police spokesperson Noloyiso Rwexana told News24 the protest is ongoing at the Lwandle area, several businesses were looted overnight and a total of 31 people were arrested since Thursday (2019-04-11).

Police and other Law Enforcement Agencies are on the ground and will remain there until law and order is restored.

A group of about 600 are standing outside the mall in Philippi. Police are monitoring the situation with no arrests so far.

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#LwandleProtest One community member says they are tired of renting out houses now, they want their own.

"Rent is going up. Petrol is going up. Everything is going up besides our salaries. We pay more in rent than our actual salaries," he says. @kamva_somdyala

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Multiple roads closed around Kagiso area

12 Apr 11:06
President Cyril Ramaphosa calls on municipalities to clean up in light of protests, reports Power 98.7

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Police on the scene in Rus-ter-vaal say reports about a person being shot dead was a false alarm after they told by residents that protesters had killed a man.

However, clashes between them and residents are continuing. ? @ntwaagae

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WATCH: Ramaphosa says Mashaba is 'scared' of protesting Alex residents

12 Apr 09:10
Residents of Rus-ter-vaal have upped their game, they now throw petrol bombs at the police and passing vehicles along the R82. @ntwaagae

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N2 in Strand closed

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Traffic not looking great in Johannesburg CBD

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