ROUND-UP: Protest action, looting flaring up around SA

2018-04-25 15:30

While the nationwide Saftu strike is still ongoing, other seemingly unrelated incidents of protest action - including those in the North West - are flaring up in different parts of the country.

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25 Apr 16:42
Motorists are advised to use alternative routes after protesters stoned cars and burnt tyres on the roads.

25 Apr 16:09
Saftu, led by dynamic general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, took to the streets in a show of force to demand changes in working conditions for the poor and working class. Have a look at how the strike unfolded...

SCROLL: 'We are now going to demonstrate the power of the workers,' says Vavi on Saftu strike demands

The SA Federation of Trade Unions was supported by thousands in a countrywide protest to put pressure on members of parliament to reject several labour bills making their way through Parliament.


25 Apr 15:38

Grabouw - traffic update


25 Apr 15:30

Klerksdorp 


25 Apr 15:00

WATCH - Klerksdorp: Alcohol looted in Mahumapelo protests


25 Apr 14:13

Looting reported in Sannieshof, North West Province. 


25 Apr 14:01

Klerksdorp 


25 Apr 13:56

Grabouw, Western Cape 


25 Apr 13:46

More looting reported in the North West towns of Jouberton and Alabama near Klerksdorp.


25 Apr 13:38

Grabouw, Western Cape


25 Apr 13:21

North West Province


25 Apr 12:53

North West protests: Shops looted near Klerksdorp, Potchefstroom 

North West police say protesters have looted several shops near Klerksdorp and Potchefstroom. 

Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone said "sporadic incidents" of looting had been experienced in Khuma, near Klerksdorp, and Ikageng near Potchefstroom on Tuesday evening. 

Mokgwabone said a truck carrying fruit and vegetables was also looted in Dryharts. 

"We still have our deployments to monitor and stabilise the situation. We are still urging members of the community to refrain from committing crime under the pretext of protest, as that will not be tolerated."


25 Apr 12:42

25 Apr 12:14

Traffic and routes around Grabouw, Western Cape remain congested.


25 Apr 11:42

Sporadic protests flare up in Gauteng, Western Cape 

As the country braces for the national shutdown by the South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu), there are sporadic unrelated protests flaring up across Gauteng.

Sporadic protests are also being staged in parts of the Western Cape, where six people have been arrested. Some of the incidents have been linked to housing and service delivery issues. 

The Johannesburg Metro Police Department has warned motorists that there will be road closures in the CBD between 10:00 and 14:00 on Wednesday, but roads have also been affected in other parts of Johannesburg following unrelated protests.

Gauteng police spokesperson Brigadier Mathapelo Peters said local residents were demanding municipal services and protesting against the councilor of Ward 81 in Alexandra, north of Johannesburg.

Peters said the protest was unrelated to the Saftu strike and that roads, including London Road near the N3, were closed.

She said motorists were urged to find alternative routes. 


25 Apr 11:39

Traffic is still affected around Grabouw, in the Western Cape.


25 Apr 11:38

Grabouw, Western Cape


25 Apr 11:36

Grabouw, Western Cape 


25 Apr 11:35

Alexandra township, Johannesburg 


25 Apr 11:14

Pelican Park, Cape Town


25 Apr 11:14

Reported protests in Pelican Park, Cape Town. 


25 Apr 11:06

Taung, North West 


25 Apr 10:59

Midrand 


25 Apr 10:52

Peaceful protest in Phumlani Village near Lotus River in Cape Town (Supplied: City of Cape Town)


25 Apr 10:49

WATCH: Delareyville residents pick up the pieces after violent protest


25 Apr 10:48

25 Apr 10:47

Protests in Grabouw.


25 Apr 10:45

Reports of protest action in Grabouw, in the Western Cape, affecting all traffic in the area.


25 Apr 10:45

'Why don't they just remove Supra?' - North West residents 

Residents in the North West remained adamant that the only way calm would be restored to the embattled province, was if Premier Supra Mahumapelo was fired.

"Why don't they just remove Supra? He is corrupt, and everything will be fine if he goes. The problem will be solved," a resident in Delareyville, North West told News24. 

Violence broke out in the province and protesters called for Mahumapelo to go, after a vote of no confidence in him was postponed. 

This was due to an Economic Freedom Fighters court application to have the vote held by secret ballot "to protect" African National Congress members who wanted to oust him.

Glen van Wyk stood next to the closed Delareyville Diesel BPK shop. He was accompanied by a few other workers. 


25 Apr 10:45

ICYMI: 

WATCH: School set alight in North West protest


25 Apr 10:45

ICYMI: 

Angry Sobantu residents vow to intensify protest over houses 

"Where are the thousand housing units we were promised?" 

This was the question asked by Sobantu residents on Monday as they took Msunduzi Municipality to task over a housing project that was supposed to have started 10 years ago.

The now scrapped project would have seen 1 000 families from the crowded township being accommodated.

Angry residents blockaded the roads with burning tyres on Monday demanding to know what had happened to funds earmarked for the units that were to have been built on Hollingwood site. 


25 Apr 10:45

ICYMI: 

Teen killed in North West protests 

Violent protests in Taung, North West, have claimed the life of a teenage boy, police said on Tuesday.

Provincial police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Sabata Mokgwabone said the 16-year-old had died during protest action on Monday. Protests have gripped parts of the North West for the past two days.

A murder case has since been opened. 

Mokgwabone said protesters had looted several shops, set buildings alight and attacked police officials on Monday.

He said a building was also set alight in Stella on Tuesday morning.

One person had been arrested for public violence.

Mokgwabone said 11 people had been arrested in Christiana for possession of suspected stolen goods. 


25 Apr 10:45

ICYMI: 

Violence spreads in North West as residents demand that Supra Mahumapelo goes 

Violent protests, calling for embattled North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo to go, have spread to at least three other towns in the province.

Police have confirmed that rioting has led to the total shutdown of the small town of Delareyville, while in Taung, protesters have barricaded the roads with rocks and burning tyres. There were also protests in Vryburg on Sunday.

This follows violent protests in Mahikeng on Wednesday after a vote of no confidence in Mahumapelo was postponed. This was due to the Economic Freedom Fighters going to court to demand that the vote be held via secret ballot "to protect" ANC members who wanted to oust him.

North West police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Sabata Mokgwabone said several shops in Taung had been looted. Police officers had also been sent to Delareyville to assess the situation, he added. 

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