ANC asks for patience amid protests

2012-03-20 19:45

Johannesburg - In the midst of ongoing violent protests across the country, the ANC government urged South Africans to be patient.

"We know people are impatient with the pace of service delivery but government is constrained," ANC spokesperson Keith Khoza said on Tuesday.

He said one of the ANC's priorities at its last lekgotla was to release resources.

"People must understand there may be delays, but the commitment was there."

On the eve of Human Rights Day, protests erupted in Sharpeville because the main celebrations were not happening there, where apartheid police shot dead black protesters in 1960, but in Soweto.

People also took to the streets in Grabouw, in the Western Cape; Heidelberg, east of Johannesburg; and Phola township in Ogies, Mpumalanga, for a variety of reasons this week.


Trying to lessen tension about overcrowding in schools in Grabouw, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga also asked for patience.

"It is quite sad that residents are misled into believing that government can eradicate the legacy of inhabitable buildings, lack of resources and overcrowding in our schools immediately."

Residents burned down the Umyezo wama Apile School last week, demanding additional facilities and an end to overcrowding.

On Monday, protesters also burned down two ward councillors' homes and a municipal building. Twenty-one people were arrested.

"We are working very hard to deal with the situation at that school. My colleague, Western Cape Education MEC Donald Grant, has already identified a location for a new school in the area," said Motshekga.

"I, therefore, find it unfortunate for residents to vandalise school property and intimidate learners," she said.

Cosatu said Grabouw's problems had been created by the provincial government's failure to address overcrowding.

Cowboy attitude

"It is inevitable that both learners and parents would not tolerate this situation where effective education cannot take place due to overcrowding," said Cosatu Western Cape provincial secretary Tony Ehrenreich.

"The cowboy attitude of MEC Grant will not bring a solution to the crisis and he is exacerbating the tensions," he said.

Gauteng Local Government and Housing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi was expected to visit Ratanda, in Heidelberg, on Tuesday, to address the protests.

On Monday, two councillors' houses, the community hall, and a municipal office were torched. Protesters also took their frustrations out by looting foreign-owned shops.

"The MEC's aim is to assess the damage and help to bring calm back to this community," the department said in a statement.

Earlier on Tuesday, police said hundreds of Ratanda residents continued to march in the streets. Police said 48 people had been arrested for public violence.


Protesters also gathered outside a private company in Phola near Ogies in Mpumalanga in a standoff with the company over labour issues.

Lieutenant Colonel Leonard Hlathi said on Tuesday afternoon the situation was still tense and the police contingent had been "beefed up" to contain any outbreak of violence.

"The protest is not about service delivery, but employment at local coal mines."

Schools and health facilities in the community were closed for the second day.

"Everything is at a standstill."

He said 36 people had been arrested.

Municipal IQ economist Karen Heese said there had been an increase in service delivery protests specifically related to the pace or quality of local government service delivery in 2012.

"There has been an uptick in 2012 so far... and it is likely that we will have a year that will sustain the trends of 2009-11 with widespread community protests.

She said the only difference noticed so far was that protests were tending to spread beyond metros and big cities.

  • Penny - 2012-03-20 19:50

    ANC asks for patience while the people of South Africa ask for a competent government.

      Renny - 2012-03-20 20:02

      Well said brother!

      Mark - 2012-03-20 20:05

      Sow the wind and reap the whirlwind

      Francois - 2012-03-20 20:05

      Pennywise, the people of SA are in fact not asking for a competent government as they keep voting for an incompetent one. The more concerning thing is that Keith Khoza says that one of the priorities of government is to release resources. To be able to release resource, one must first have them, but government does not. They did a good job with the Mbeki Great Coloring Book Project to see to it that human resources are constrained and those who can train those that needed traning ie those with experience, were the first to go, and then there are people like Hugo who thinks Mbeki was cleverer than Jan Smuts. I am not even going to make to much of a roo rah of education: SADTU has Vavi and Vavi has Zuma - thus Motshekga has proven that she is better to dance outside a court with Zuma in it (which may be required soon) - than to educate the youth.

      Arp Liebenberg - 2012-03-20 20:15

      And still the dumnut masses vote for the loosers that is only interested in filling their own pockets! When will they learn? Burn the country down bastards, let us see how the anc handles that. I bet apartheid will get the blame for their incompetance!

      Mzwandile - 2012-03-20 20:36

      @Francois - whether you like it or not its a fact that Thabo Mbeki is one of the best Presidents that South Africa ever produced. Don't tell me about Jan Smuts who was a sellout to the British together with Louis Botha.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-03-20 21:50

      Rustic : A turbocharged Zephyr?

      Francois - 2012-03-20 21:50

      Jymiro, Jan Smuts actually invaded the Cape Colony in the Anglo Boer war. He also knew when to make peace. He not only participated in the Treaty of Versailles (which he condoned), but was also instrumental in the establishment in the UN. I think it takes a great man to make peace with his enemies for the better of his people than to keep on fighting like Mbeki did and still does. Imagine for a moment how good this country could have been if Mbeki said that the well educated white teachers shall not leave education, but will educate the other teachers. Then this ticking time bomb of uneducated and unemployable youth could have been averted. Or would you rather have had SA fighting on the side of Germany in the WWs? I think that would have been much worse.

      Phillie - 2012-03-20 22:14

      ANC asks for patience because the government is constrained. They cannot milk the whites faster than they are doing now.

      Ian - 2012-03-20 22:24

      Yes, please be patient we have only had 18 years to make change, please give us another 147 years and we promise there will be change!

      Mark - 2012-03-20 23:27

      Maseratifittipaldi: Yeah, a Zephyr straight six, with overdrive and a scythe for a bumper.

      Activity Bookings - 2012-03-21 06:36

      "People must understand there may be delays, but the commitment was there." I.O.W - Please be patient with the delays as we are comitted in looting the state coffers and not comitted to the people.

      Nicholas - 2012-03-21 15:24

      Be patient subjects ...we will get to you one day, but until then, continue to vote for us.

  • Sharon - 2012-03-20 19:55

    "Residents burned down the Umyezo wama Apile School last week, demanding additional facilities and an end to overcrowding." I don't think this is the most logical way to get it?

      ISO - 2012-03-20 20:03

      And now they have less!

      Simnikiwe - 2012-03-20 20:06

      Yep! a cowboy attitude doesn't solve anything.

      Phillie - 2012-03-20 22:18

      They have never ever been able to build or create anything on their own all they know is taking away from others and breaking and burning what already exists.

      Peter - 2012-03-21 07:37

      And they burn down libraries etc. They want but they do not have constructive brain cells in their heads. Thats the problem with the ANC, they are simply not capable of delivering services. The only thing they are good at is putting money in their own pockets - that which is meant to deliver the services. But the people will still vote for them, they are not able to put two and two together. Its just the way it is.

      Silvana - 2012-03-21 08:14

      @Sharon I agree, but it seems the only time government listens to them, is when they go on the rampage. Sad state of affairs.

  • spartanx93 - 2012-03-20 19:56

    Cough.... the people have been patient for 18 years!

      Peter - 2012-03-21 07:38

      I bet none of them have lifted a finger to help themselves - ever, even before the 18 years of ANC misrule.

  • Koos - 2012-03-20 20:03

    MMMMmmm let us see. I'm taxed at 35%. 14% vat. Rates and taxes for the privilege of owning my own little house. Fuel tax and levies - add e-toll soon. I'd wager that anyting between 50% to 60% of "me" goes to Mr. Tax-man and what do I get? I WANT TO BURN SOMETHING NOW!

      Helmut - 2012-03-20 20:52

      How does ANC on the spit sound?

  • Rob - 2012-03-20 20:07

    When is this government going to address the issue of overbreeding & creating many innocent mouths that cannot be accommodated let alone fed. This is the root of the problem in many instances. It's time the government began a campaign along the lines of " Less breeding = More feeding. Instead they encourage " their " people to breed like flies & never mind the consequences. Surely this would be a sensible way to lessen poverty & " overcrowding. "

      wo0two0t - 2012-03-20 20:22

      You forget that they rely on uneducated votes.

      Lacrimose - 2012-03-20 20:23

      So tired of this ancient myth. South Africa's birth rate has been in steady decline you can Google SOUTH AFRICA BIRTH RATE but here are some links to help you on your way

      Glyn - 2012-03-20 20:26

      Only have as many children as you can afford! But no, the anc supporters have a whole herd more, thus perpetrating all the problems.

      Rob - 2012-03-20 20:36

      Lacrimose. Myth or not, the fact is a culture that allows multiple wives & more often then not multiple children, is outdated & foolish in todays modern world & economic climate. And NO, no Government should have to support those who selfishly cling to the old ways & continue to defy logic, through downright stupidity. After all, producing children & not being able to afford it, IS a form of child abuse in it's own right. There are very few excuses for a women to continually produce Children & then run off & collect Government grants that are barely able to sustain those children for a week, let alone a month. Why should our tax payers money go to supporting a culture of reproducing in abundance !

      Silvana - 2012-03-21 08:20

      Well put Rob

  • Lavida Koekemoer - 2012-03-20 20:21

    ANC leadership is questionable....

      Adam - 2012-03-21 03:42

      anc constrained...they are neurologically constipated.

  • Lavida Koekemoer - 2012-03-20 20:21

    ANC leadership is questionable....

      Vincent - 2012-03-23 06:30

      ANC and leadership is a classic dichotomy!

  • Lavida Koekemoer - 2012-03-20 20:21

    ANC leadership is questionable....

      Ben - 2012-03-20 20:26

      Sure, you got that right. Totally agree.

      Rob - 2012-03-20 20:38

      Yes Lavida, YEs Lavida, YES Lavida !

  • Glyn - 2012-03-20 20:22

    Patience only last so long! anc, you have run out of time!

  • lee.farrington - 2012-03-20 20:25

    Its only been 19 years, what is a few more years?

      Grant - 2012-03-20 21:10

      "only been 19 years" Ithat meant to be a joke? The ANC have destroyed everything they got their thieving hands on. Compare the state the country is in today to what it was in 1994. Also compare it with the state Germany and Japan were in 18 years after the war.

  • Getafix - 2012-03-20 20:45

    Military action is usually next if this keeps up.

  • Lacrimose - 2012-03-20 20:47

    18 years of ANC foot-dragging and "please be patient, your call will be answered". Their entire reign has been epitomised by crises. Things must reach a state of CRISIS before anything's done. Crisis being beyond the point of no return. Apparently we are not there yet dear citizens. Your stress-levels are not high enough - we'll wait for the total collapse and then we'll take our two planes and 20 kids and seek sanctuary elsewhere. Thank you for holding...

  • sirwellsathome - 2012-03-20 20:48

    In the words of our leader: "Vote now, we'll solve the problems later."

  • velilejonathan.williams - 2012-03-20 20:55

    People vote ANC because they are way too terrified to relive the hardship and cruelty they experienced under the white domination. They are therefore not unintelligent as some of you suggest.

      Anton Mönnig - 2012-03-20 21:26

      Your argument in fact supports the argument that they are indeed idiots, because this country will remain a democracy, and that fact means that white domination cannot return, although they have the option to vote for suitably qualified leaders.

      bernpm - 2012-03-20 21:28

      yes, and learned to live in the past or reliving the Sharpville chaos with today's police on their asses.

      velilejonathan.williams - 2012-03-21 08:42

      The fact that some if not the majority white people, still hates black people so much is no different to the way some if not the majority black people hates white people. You are also equally terrified as blacks but the only difference is that you are terrified of the unknown while blacks are terrified of what the have experienced for decades. My point again the so-called they are not stupid because if they are then the white people would be more stupid than them. In brief none of the two are stupid. All we ought to do as blacks and whites is to break through this wall of fear and reach for each other for the betterment of this south africa that belongs to all of us who live in it. It's probably the best thing we can ever give to our children and future childrens.

      Makhumuzi - 2012-03-21 13:43

      I hear and uderstand where this argument is coming from; and I guess unless you've personally experienced those hardships you may just never understand the sentiments.

  • Anita Harms - 2012-03-20 21:28

    Since 1994 the words \you must be patient\ has been their slogan

  • Anton Mönnig - 2012-03-20 21:33

    I've seen a two-storey school with a capacity for 500 learners being built in 6 weeks in Dubai. You've had 18 years... Seriously.\r\n\r\nIf you've got money to spend on a R400million party, and a R1.7m 'allowance' p.a for each of Zuma's wives, I'm sure you can afford to build a few schools, faster than your sheep are burning them down?\r\n\r\nGet yours heads out of your asses.

  • John - 2012-03-20 21:52

    "Make the country ungovernable" was this not the words of the anc.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-03-20 21:54

    Taste the champagne through our lips. Experience progress through our bank balances.

  • Phillie - 2012-03-20 22:13

    ANC asks for patience because the government is constrained. They cannot milk the whites faster than they are doing now.

  • Blip - 2012-03-21 00:45

    18 years? How much more "patience" must be shown?

  • Grant - 2012-03-21 01:17

    years all services have deterioated. Unemployment is increasing on a daily basis and the poorly educated school leavers cannot find work. Kieth Khoza said ther may be delals - well there's no maybe about it. He used terms such as "government is constrained" and "release resouces". I wonder if the average shack dweller knows what he's on about! What never ceases to amaze me is that ANC politicians arrive to address the poor in fleets of new 4x4s having left their mansions in expensive clothes and yet the poor still vote for them. This would not happen in the western world. One theory is that blacks revere polyical leaders as their forefathers did to the chiefs in former times.

  • Peter - 2012-03-21 07:44

    The ANC has taught a culture of no pride to the people of this country. Look at the way the majority treats our country, like a dustbin. No pride, no patriotism - it is taught behaviour. Taught to demand things for no effort. One cannot have respect for people that have no pride, no will to uplift themselves. A weak culture of lying around feeling sorry for oneself, being jealous of what others have, throwing a tantrum when you can't get your own way - even if the request is unreasonable. Weak!

  • Mark - 2012-03-21 07:50

    It would seem that the people are losing patience with you comrades. Maybe time to stop partying, holidaying and spending money on fancy cars. If you've got the time, and money, for all of the above then how come you've no "resources"? Think the free ride is coming to an end......

  • John - 2012-03-21 08:00

    African spring has started, people are fed up with the corrupt fancy dressed politicians of the ANC government. A party that was held at such esteem throughout the world has now degenerated into a party of greedy,no morals based morons.An embarrassment to the African continent

  • Piet - 2012-03-21 08:03

    No trolls?

      Phd - 2012-03-21 09:00

      @ Piet - are you nuts, it's a Public Holiday!! Their brains are "off" for today. They are not at "work" either - no internet/pc at home. All the trolls can do is deliver zero brainer comments on N24 when they are supposed to be "working" anyway - boss' PC, boss'internet connection!!! Just shows that business owners should really set up their internet security more carefully and we would have fewer trolls commenting!

      Peter - 2012-03-21 11:33

      Good observation Piet, and good conclusion Phd. Quite scary how accurate it is.

      Peter - 2012-03-21 11:35

      The proof of Phd's conclusion will be tomorrow, when all of "them" are back at "work". Watch all the thumbs down and defensive comments. 1000 to 1 I win.

  • Silvana - 2012-03-21 08:08

    "We know people are impatient with the pace of service delivery but government is constrained," ANC spokesperson Keith Khoza said on Tuesday I think waiting for 18 years shows tremendous patience. It's amazing how the Japanese rebuilt their country in 1 year. "government is constrained" only when it comes to uplifting their voters, yet there are NO constraints when it comes to buying cars and upgrading housing for the fat cats in government. The people are waking up. Beware of an African Spring.

  • Robi - 2012-03-21 08:57

    Marx political economy theory states that the state function is to assist capitalists in accumulating more profits, only commit itself to the needs from communites when communities exact more pressures through other means. In other way, the state does not care about communities and communities has to do more to force it to respond to their needs.Not suprised about many protests from differrent part of the country.

  • Herman - 2012-03-21 09:02

    The constraints this incompetent and criminal regime is talking about is the lack of money to improve all service delivery, because they have stolen most of it!

  • Wayne - 2012-03-21 09:04

    Angie, your government has had 18 years to correct this situation. Peoples patience has run out. As for Donald Grant, you guys too could have done better as you too have had a few years in power in the Western Cape to fix these issues.

  • comurray - 2012-03-21 09:48

    Their patience ran out more than 10 years ago but don't worry, Mr Zoooma will blame aparthied for this dilemma and will continue to do so for ever and ever. However he is not worried as his uneducated followers will vote for the African cANCer party come what may until there is nothing left of this once prosperous country.

  • ExecutiveTrend - 2013-02-17 05:00

    No no no no. It's the fault of apartheid did we forget. They use the term so frequently or, did they forget all of a sudden that it's the fault of apartheid? Wake up "WE THE MASSES" and kick your leaders asses to wake up and share their millions with you. They steal us blind in any case to line their pockets, to complain of the poorer getting poorer all the time and, that they are the left behind people. I say bullsh*t!!! Remove their salaries and give it to the masses along with service delivery.

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