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South African Protest News 10 - 26 September 2011 (2011) South African Protest News 10 - 26 September 2011.  : -.

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Rea Vaya drivers ultimatum
Thabiso Thakali 26 September 2011

Rea Vaya buses parked at the Phase 2 building at Dobsonville Depot. Picture: Matthews Baloyi

Joburg’s mayoral committee member on transport, Rehana Moosajee, has told striking bus rapid transit system drivers

to accept the final wage offer or “go back to the taxi industry”.

This came after yet another attempt to end the protracted strike by Rea Vaya drivers last night. The strike has

stranded more than 40 000 commuters each day since August.

According to Moosajee, SA municipal workers union leaders failed to arrive for a meeting called by Cosatu in

Gauteng to try to end the long-standing dispute between drivers and the Rea Vaya bus operating company – PioTrans.

“PioTrans are readying themselves to resume service by Wednesday regardless of whether the offer is accepted,”

warned Moosajee.

“There is a final offer on the table. The (workers) must accept it or go back to the taxi industry.”

PioTrans, the company made up of former taxi owners and contracted by the city to run its bus service, has offered

an 8.4 percent increase to the drivers. This would increase their wages to over R8 000 a month.

But the disgruntled drivers are demanding an increase to R15 000, plus medical aid and pension allowances.

The drivers claim to earn less than R6 000 a month.

This week, Eric Motshwane, the spokesman for Piotrans, said about 20 of the 250 drivers had accepted the offer and

were ready to return to work.

Motshwane said the company was planning to hire temporary drivers next week to get the Rea Vaya buses back on the

road.

Striking drivers claimed Piotrans was trying to apply a divide-and-rule tactic by saying that most of the workers

had agreed to the 8.4 percent offer on the table.

Yesterday Moosajee said there would be no other offer and that a limited service would be resumed by Wednesday.

“Our interest is the commuting public that have been left stranded,” she said.

“PioTrans has made a public commitment that the service will resume. We remain hopeful that they will find each

other on this latest offer.”

But she also warned that should there be no agreement, intimidation of those who return to work would not be

tolerated.

“We are not going to be intimidated by threats directed at those who wish to return to work. We have asked law

enforcement to listen to the threats that are being made and take action,” she added.

“The MECs of Transport and Community Safety in the province have issued a statement in this regard – that this sort

of thing is unacceptable.”

When called for comment last night, Samwu’s provincial organiser Menzi Luthuli said he was in a meeting with Cosatu

in Gauteng to discuss the strike. - Saturday Star
www.iol.co.za


Police monitoring Kraaifontein after protests
IOL News 26 September 2011

The police were “monitoring” Kraaifontein in Cape Town on Monday morning after a violent land invasion at the

weekend, Western Cape police said.

Eight people were arrested after five structures were erected in an open field in the area on Sunday.

“The latest report is that everything is under control,” Lt-Col Andrč Traut said.

“At the moment everything is under control, but the police will remain in the area to maintain law and order.”

Around 1000 residents gathered on the field on Sunday and became aggressive when the structures were removed by

authorities.

The residents threw stones and burnt tyres in protest.

Rubber bullets, gas cartridges and a water cannon were used to disperse the crowd.

Police arrested seven men and one woman for public violence and unlawful occupation of land.

The Cape Times newspaper reported that the residents were “backyarders” from Bloekombos and Wallacedene in

Kraaifontein.

The protesters had also occupied two other pieces of land along Maroela Road. - Sapa
www.iol.co.za



Eight held after land invasion
IOL News25 September 2011

Eight people were arrested after five structures were erected in an open field in Kraaifontein in Cape Town on

Sunday, Western Cape police said.

“Around 1000 residents gathered on the field and became aggressive when the structures were removed by

authorities,” said police spokesman Lt-Col Andrč Traut.

The residents threw stones and burnt tyres in protest.

“Rubber bullets, gas cartridges and a water cannon were used to disperse the crowd,” he said.

Police arrested seven men and one women for public violence and unlawful occupation of land. - Sapa
://www.iol.co.za


Protestors take a stand against poaching
IOL News 22 September 2011

Protesters marched from Roeland Street to the Parliamentary Buildings in Cape Town against rhino poaching.

"It's not medicine, it's murder" and "stop the senseless killing" were some of the comments at the anti rhino

poaching protest that took place in front of the Parliamentary Buildings in Cape Town on Thursday.

A sea of red T-shirt wearing protestors slowly marched their way from Roeland Street to the Parliamentary Buildings

and expressed their anger against rhino poachers using posters, placards and vuvuzelas. "Save the rhino" roared up

every few seconds as those battling against rhino extinction tried to create awareness amongst the public.

Being World Rhino Day, passersby couldn't help but forget what they were busy with and either joined the crowd in

protest or just stopped to watch what costumes some of the creative protestors had sewn together. Sven Fautly from

Milnerton was representing the cause wearing a huge horn on his head and had tied a stuffed rhino toy to the handle

bars of his bicycle. "Maybe cutting their horns off before the poachers get to them isn't such a bad idea" was the

eccentric protestor's viewpoint.

"Why does government turn a blind eye? They are supposed to protect the country and all living things in it. Now is

the time to show that they are powerful in fighting crime," said furious protestor, K.Morris from Plettenberg Bay.

A representative from the Democratic Alliance spoke on behalf of Western Cape premier Helen Zille. "It's crucial to

stop the poaching of rhinos." She also said that 600 rhinos have been killed since 2010 and that we have to stop

the killing.

The Democratic Alliance, the governing party in the Western Cape Province, had a motion unanimously passed at the

National Assembly in support of World Rhino Day. Zille has reiterated the DA's support and confirmed that, "We will

continue to raise this issue at the highest levels to ensure it remains firmly at the forefront of the national

agenda."

Here are some of the comments of the local protestors:

"If we don't create awareness, the rhino will become extinct in less than 15 years." - Vanessa Macfarlane from Cape

Town.

"Everyone should know about their situation" - Gertrud Sobetwa

"How would you feel if that would happen to you?" - Pamela Tash

Tash was wearing a cape with the famous Times cover picture by Jodie Bieber of the Afghan woman whose nose had been

cut off.

"We must use every opportunity to try to stop rhino poaching and I think today (the protest march) is a brilliant

way to make your voice heard," says Dee Dlamini from Cape Town.

Legalising rhino farming, cutting their horns off in a harmless way so that they're no longer prey for poachers,

and developing stem cells are all possibilities government is considering to stop the act of rhino poaching and

save the rhino from going extinct. - www.discoverafrica.com
www.iol.co.za


Protesters urge passing of human trafficking bill
Zara Nicholson (IOL News) 22 September 2011

WHEN a human trafficking victim tried to escape being enslaved on drugs and prostitution, her madam fetched her

from a safe house saying: “You owe me, I cared for you and took you off the streets when no one cared.”

This is the life that girls younger than 15 are caught up in with several civil organisations saying human

trafficking is becoming the most lucrative syndicate crime.

A number of organisations protested outside Parliament yesterday, urging the government to pass the Prevention and

Combating in Trafficking in Persons Bill.

The bill was tabled by the Justice Department in March last year and was first mentioned by the department in 2003.

Organisations which help rescue and care for victims said it was unacceptable that the bill had not been passed

into law yet.

A handful of protesters gathered outside Parliament yesterday, some of them wearing tattered clothing and bound by

chains to portray the human slave trade.

Corinne Sandenberg from Stop Trafficking of People said: “This problem is escalating every day and there is no

grasp on this crime because there is no law ... ”
www.iol.co.za


Henley protesters out on bail
IOL News 21 September 2011

SIXTY service delivery protesters appeared in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday, where they were

granted bail of R200 each.

The protesters were arrested last week after violent disruptions across the city.

Charges were withdrawn against three juveniles who were arrested in the fracas between police and the protesters.

The 60 appeared amid a heavy police presence as a large crowd of demonstrators toyi-toyed outside the building.

Forty-four face charges of public violence after they protested at the Henley Kwa-Nandu location, blockading the

roads with rocks and burning tyres.

The 150-strong crowd refused to obey police warnings to disperse. Seventeen of the arrested suspects have been

charged with public violence after blockading Bulwer Road in the Gezubuso area, not far from KwaNandu, with burning

tyres, a bulldozer and tree branches.

They have also been charged with two counts of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm after hitting two

police officers, Paul Ndlovu and Mzikwakho Mthembu, with stones and bricks.

The protest was against the election of ward committee members in the Vulindlela area (Ward 5).

The incident came after the alleged failure of Msunduzi Deputy Mayor Thobani Zuma to report back to the residents.

They said it had been three weeks since they had complained to the deputy mayor about the election of the ward

committee members, but had received no feedback since.

The case was adjourned to October 25.
www.iol.co.za


Frustrated teachers take official hostage
Barbara Maregele (Cape Times) 22 September 2011

Circuit manager for institutional management and governance Reggie Dreyer hugs his colleagues, Thandi Jaffa and

Errol van Wyk, after he was held hostage for two hours by a group of teachers at Khanya Primary School in

Portlands, Mitchells Plain on Tuesday. Picture: Michael Walker

Teachers at Khanya Primary in Portlands, Mitchells Plain held an education official hostage for over two hours to

demand a more senior official deal with their grievances.

They say they are frustrated over a string of burglaries and the allegedly tardiness by authorities in dealing with

it.

Circuit manager for institutional management and governance, Reggie Dreyer, called at the schoolon Tuesday after he

received a letter from the staff requesting a meeting about the burglaries. But a group of teachers locked him in

the principal’s office and demanded Education Department director Eugene Daniels come to meet them.

While the drama was unfolding, staff members and parents protested outside the school gates with posters stating:

“We are sick and tired of burglary” and “We need our own school”.

They demanded Daniels visit the school and attend to their “gripes” himself. When Daniels arrived two hours later,

Dreyer was released.

They were not violent at all and kept apologising for what they did,” Dreyer said.

Teachers were frustrated with the conditions they were forced to work in and he understood why they had locked him

up, he said. “There has already been six burglaries at the school this year. We already had to give them R49 000 to

replace the toilet and then another R58 000 to fix what was damaged by the break-in earlier this month.”

Sharon Dudumashe, a Grade 2 teacher and foundation phase co-ordinator at Khanya said they had wanted Daniels to

come to their school to sort out their grievances.

“We as the teachers at Khanya Primary decided enough was enough. When we heard Mr Dreyer was coming, we decided to

lock him up in the office.

“There have been too many burglaries and vandalism at this school and we can’t afford it any longer.”

Education officials and the school’s governing body held a one-hour meeting after Dreyer was released to tackle

challenges at the school. Daniels said the incident was a miscommunication and plans were made to aid the school

where possible.

“The main gripe brought up in the meeting was that they want the school in their own area which is Samora Machel.

With the help of the local councillor to fast-track the process, Khanya has been placed at the top of the list for

land acquisitions.

“At the moment the school has two different alarm companies. One that monitors and the other comes out to respond.

This will be done away with. We intend to keep track on the bus service that transports (pupils) as there were

complaints around that as well.”

Daniels said the department would give the school R6 000 monthly to aid in the security of the school.

This was the third building Khanya has been forced to move to since it was founded in 2004. It split from Naluxolo

Primary in Samora Machel due to the school’s quick growth.

The majority of the staff and pupils at the school are from Samora Machel near Philippi and hoped to get a building

closer to the area. -Cape Times
barbara.maregele@inl.co.za
www.iol.co.za


Night patrols as N West protest intensifes
IOl News 21 September 2011

Protesting residents of Tlokweng, near Swartruggens, have stoned cars and ordered drivers to pay them a fee to

travel on barricaded roads during demonstrations in the past week, North West police said on Wednesday.

“Since last week Thursday, a group has been gathering every evening, burning tyres and barricading roads with

rocks,” Warrant Officer Sam Tselanyane said.

The protests were focused on Silver Krans Road. Tselanyane said police would patrol the area at night.

The protests were apparently sparked by the ritual killing of local resident Thabiso Moloi three months ago, North

West public safety MEC Desbo Mohono said.

“The despicable and unlawful conduct of criminal elements masquerading as protesters in Tlokweng is a matter that

should concern law-abiding residents,” she said.

Mohono advised motorists to use the N4 Bakwena Platinum highway instead of driving through Tlokweng. -
www.iol.co.za


Schubart Park standoff turns violent
Mogomotsi Magome (IOL News) 22 September 2011

Police fire rubber bullets at residents who were burning tyres and throwing stones and bottles at them during the

protest. Picture: Masi Losi

A violent stand-off between Schubart Park residents and police carried on until late on Wednesday night following a

protest over water and electricity cut-offs at the controversial and dilapidated city building.

Angry residents started the violent protest by burning tyres and chanting struggle songs.

But that soon turned into a violent battle as they started throwing stones and petrol bombs at police.

SAPS members and the Tshwane Metro Police had to retreat several times with their vehicles as residents pelted them

with stones and home-made missiles.

A police Nyala on the scene had to retreat after it was stoned and had petrol bombs thrown at it while police were

trying to extinguish a burning tyre and a mobile toilet that had been set alight in the street.

Police water cannons were also pelted with stones and bottles as they tried to put out burning tyres and other

flammable objects thrown by the protesters in the streets.

Residents pulled out a run-down vehicle from the basement parking of the building and set it alight in Vermeulen

Street, resulting in the total closure of the street.

Parts of Schubart Street between Proes and Church streets were shut down by the metro police and traffic was

diverted to DF Malan Drive as missiles continued to fall from the building.

An injured man was removed from inside the building and dropped by the protesters in the street, before being taken

away by an ambulance on the scene.

Tshwane mayoral committee member for housing, Joshua Ngonyama, also arrived on the scene to see for himself the

chaos that started from about 2pm.

Metro police top brass were also on the scene, including deputy chief Ndumiso Jaca, who claimed a total of 48

people had already been arrested.

This after police decided to storm the building and search for the violent rioters who were not deterred by the

heavy police contingent surrounding the building.

Those arrested were taken out of the building and made to lie on the ground while they waited for a metro police

van to transport them to the Pretoria Central police station.

Residents refused to stop fighting with law enforcement officers and claimed that all they wanted was for the water

and lights to be restored.

The building has been declared unfit for human habitation and the municipality’s efforts to refurbish the building

have proven fruitless as scores of people continue to live there.

The municipality also started a process to register all the people that live there, with about 500 people already

registered even though it is clear that more people still live there.

Ngonyama on Wednesday night claimed that many of the people living in the building were illegal immigrants and were

against refurbishing.

He also accused the residents’ committee of “making a living” from residents by collecting rent from them.

“It is difficult to work with committee members who are taking money from the poor and making a living from their

suffering.

“That is the primary reason that they oppose all our efforts to remove those who are illegal, register the rest and

refurbish the building block by block,” he said.

“The people leading these violent protests know that they will be eliminated by the legitimate process that the

city is engaged in to solve the Schubart Park problem.

“There are other elements at play here; it is not a simple matter of people not getting water and electricity and

then going on a protest.

“We will have an assessment after this and determine the way forward, but we are dealing with this situation,” said

Ngonyama while the stand-off continued in the background.

Jaca said criminal elements at Schubart Park always created a crisis when city officials attempted to resolve the

situation, but claimed they had the situation under control despite resistance from the residents.

Bystanders stood outside the building for the entire day, watching what turned out to be a marathon stand-off

between residents and the police. At some point, a water cannon was used to disperse the crowds standing outside

the building watching as the protesters continued to throw stones and bottles at the police. By 9.30pm, the stand-

off was still continuing
www.iol.co.za



48 held in Schubart Park protests
IOL News 21 September 2011

A total of 48 people were arrested on Wednesday when service delivery protests at the notorious Schubart Park flats

in central Pretoria turned violent.

“We have had a few challenges during the day,” said Tshwane's deputy metro police chief Ndumiso Jaca.

The police fired rubber bullets at rowdy residents, who set the building alight. Protesters burnt tyres inside the

block of flats and threw bricks and bottles into the streets.

Rescue services brought the fire under control in the late afternoon, as police officers wearing helmets and

bulletproof vests entered the building and escorted people out.

Police vans drove away with groups of protesters in the back.

A car parked outside the flats was still smouldering after being set alight earlier in the day, while another car

was removed by onlookers after being pelted with stones. A mobile toilet was also set alight.

At one stage, as the police backed off, protesters ran onto the streets to collect the stones they had thrown,

before dashing back into the building.

A police helicopter circled the building and a water canon was wheeled to the scene.

When objects were thrown at a group of minibus taxis, their drivers retaliated by throwing bottles back at

residents, prompting the police to fire rubber bullets.

It is not known how many people live in Schubart Park, which consists of four buildings, one of which is vacant and

has been stripped. Many of the residents are said to be undocumented foreigners.

Motorists were left stuck as roads around the block of flats were closed off.

Tshwane municipal spokesman Peter de Necker said several government officials were on the scene.

Alternative accommodation would be organised for the residents if necessary.

About a 100 people started protesting against water and electricity services on Wednesday afternoon.

De Necker said the electricity department had tried to inspect the building earlier on Wednesday, but residents

would not allow them to enter.

Captain Pinky Tsinyane said police escorted women with young children out of the building.

Children were also evacuated from two crčches on the premises.

Last month, flat dwellers set fire to rubbish in the stairwells, apparently in protest over a lack of water and

electricity. A flat on the 15th floor was gutted.

In July 2008, four adults and a toddler died in a fire at the neighbouring Kruger Park flats.

The blaze was started in protest against evictions from Schubart Park by a private security company.

In November 2008, the municipality announced it would renovate the block of flats, as they were a health and safety

hazard. On Christmas day that year, 50 people were arrested when protests, also over water and electricity cuts,

turned violent at the building. - Sapa
www.iol.co.za


NUM to strike at Tendele mine
NUM 21 September 2011

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has yesterday served a notice to strike at Tendele mine in Mtubatuba,

Kwazulu-Natal. The strike is about a dispute on wages. The NUM demands that the current wages of R3311 be increased

to at least R5500 and that the housing allowance be offered at R1000 rather than the current R200. Tendele mine

mines coal. “We are determined for a total shut down tomorrow unless our demands are met” says Bhekani Ngcobo, the

NUM‘s Regional Coordinator in Kwazulu-Natal.

Bhekani Ngobo- (Kwazulu-Natal Regional Coordinator) - 071 670 6349
Lesiba Seshoka- (NUM National Spokesman)- 082 803 6719


COSATU NW marches to the department of labour
Cosatu 21 September 2011

The Congress of South African Trade Unions will march to the Department of Labour in Potchefstroom tomorrow to

demand its intervention on racism and exploitation of workers by Chubby Chick Poultry.

COSATU has learnt through it affiliate FAWU that the workers at Chubby Chick are highly exploited and there is rife

racism in that company.

Workers at this company are assaulted and exploited and when they open cases the court rule in favour of the

bosses.

The working conditions at the company are very risky and the department of labour inspectors says that the company

complies.

COSATU will therefore march to the department of labour to demand that the department must act against this

company.

The march will take place tomorrow, 22 September 2011 at10H00, starting from Aganang to the Department of Labour in

Potchefstroom.

For more information call COSATU NW provincial secretary Solly Phetoe 0823044055.


SAMWU sets the record straight concerning the BRT Strike in JHB
SAMWU PRESS STATEMENT 21 September 2011

SAMWU in the Greater Johannesburg Region wishes to take this opportunity to clarify all issues surrounding the

strike action at BRT REA Vaya, which has dragged on for more than a month now.

It is important to clarify that the negotiations from the very beginning were being delayed by the employer Pio-

Trans, who had on more than three occasions tried to interdict vulnerable workers and prevent them from embarking

on strike action. The Labour Court had dismissed all the urgent applications brought by the employer in its attempt

to interdict the strike and stop SAMWU from engaging in negotiations on all substantive issues.

We can further confirm that the employer embarked on a strategy to blacklist SAMWU, by sending text messages;

communicating incorrect and misleading information, claiming that SAMWU had rejected their proposal pertaining to

salaries.

For the record;

1. The lack of experience and understanding of our bargaining processes and Labour Relations by the BRT

management and their foreign nationals running BRT has not only cost workers their salary but has also affected tax

payers.

2. From March 2011 the employer had failed to offer improved salaries to workers.

3. We also noted misleading information from the MMC of Transport, claiming that our members are earning more

than R 12 000 a month. This is misleading and the salary our members are getting is not even close to what the MMC

and City of Joburg have made mention of.

4. The MMC has been made aware of all the workers concerns, since May 2010 by the Union but workers concerns

were never addressed.

We are hopeful that perhaps by today the employer will come back with a revised offer and an intention to resolve

all outstanding matters.

We further wish to take this opportunity to appeal to the community of the City of Johannesburg, to continue

supporting workers struggles. Apologies for any inconvenient caused by the unavailability of transport during the

strike action.

For further information, contact SAMWU’s Gauteng Provincial Organiser; Menzi Luthuli on 0823578807.

Issued by;
Tahir Sema.
South African Municipal Workers' Union of COSATU
National Media and Publicity Officer
tahir.sema@samwu.org.za
Office: 011-331 0333.
Fax: 0866186479.
Cell: 0829403403.


TOLL GATES PETITION FROM COSATU, SANCO AND THE DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCE IS TABLED BEFORE GAUTENG LEGISLATURE.
Cosatu 21 September 2011

Dissatisfactions about the tollgates on major freeways in Gauteng have been tabled before the Standing Committee on

Petitions at Gauteng Legislature. Various organisations representing millions of workers, communities and a

political party have submitted similar petitions with regards to the toll gates around Gauteng.

The committee has decided to handle the petition as one petition and will be subjecting it to the petitions process

of the Gauteng Legislature from now onwards.

The committee will within a space of 30 days convene hearing in a quest to resolve the impasse on the toll gates.

Within that period, responses will be sought from the provincial government’s transport development department.

For more information please contact:
Sithembele Tshwete
Senior Media Officer
Gauteng Legislature
073 272 1516
072 479 9831
(011) 498 5937


COSATU NW marches against racism in farms
Cosatu 21 September 2011

The Congress of South African Trade Unions will today the 21 September 2011 stage a protest action in the town of

Delareyville in the Tswaing local Municipality.

The action is directed to the racism cases in the area and the abuse, assault and the killing of farm workers and

farm dwellers in that area.

COSATU will also be demanding quality basic services to the poor people who leaves in the rural areas of Tswaing

which must include the provision of recreational facilities for the youth.

This march is also part of the mobilisation program for the national strike on decent work and the banning of the

labour brokers.

The march will start at 13H00 at extension 7 next to George Madoda primary school and will proceed to the

magistrate court where the mayor and the magistrate will receive the memorandum.

For more information call COSATU NW provincial secretary Solly Phetoe 0823044055.



COSATU NW embarks on rolling mass actions
Cosatu 20 September 2011

The Congress of South African Trade Unions in the north west together with all its affiliates will be engaging on a

rolling mass action in all of it locals in the province.

The mass actions are in preparation for the national strike which will be on the 5th October 2011and the strike

will be a campaign for the banning of labour brokers.

As COSATU north west our marches and actions will demand the following:

1. The premier must release the SIU investigation report which was done in line with the investigation of the

minister of cooperative governance and traditional affairs in the 23 municipalities in the province in 2009 and the

forensic report of the 6 department investigated by the premier Modiselle.

2. Government must conduct a full investigation on corruption and all the people who assist in bringing

information must be protected and those who are implicated must be arrested and prosecuted.

3. All companies found engaged in corruption activities must be blacklisted and publicised in the media.

4. The tendering program must be regulated.

5. The SAPS and the judiciary must protect the farm workers and farm dwellers and make sure that all cases

involving farm workers are treated with the urgency and integrity they deserve and not treated in the manner that

the case of Oupa Mokgalagadi and others have been treated.

6. Government must develop an anti racism program

7. All the employers in the province must remove the labour broker companies and employ all the employees under

the labour brokers in their staff compliment.

8. Government must ban labour brokers.

9. Government must introduce a living wage which will assist to take workers out of poverty.

10. The growth and development strategy of the province and the new growth must be reviewed to put more emphasis to

the development of the rural economy and to strengthen the manufacturing and the agro processing in the country and

the province and stop focusing on the retail sector alone.

11. All municipalities must establish a public transport system which will be affordable and assessable to all the

citizens residing in that municipality.

12. All municipalities must make sure that basic services are accessible to the communities all the time.

13. Government must take back all the services from private companies and stop further privatisation.

14. The department of labour to release a follow up report on the inspections done in all workplaces which are not

complying with the labour laws.

15. The department of labour to prosecute all employers who are violating the labour laws and regulations.

16. Government must develop a youth program which will include the provisioning of recreational facilities in all

our communities.

The marches will take place as follows:
Activity
Location
Date
Contact person
Contact no

Local march
Rustenburg
26 September 2011
Fix
0827933313

Local march
Koster
26 September 2011
Justice
074 300 2866

Local march
Madibeng
28 September 2011
Clement
0829268058

Local march
Moretele
27 September 2011
Pholosi
0721810330

Local march
Mafikeng
23 September 2011
Boboko
0826844588

Local march
Lichtenburg
27 September 2011
Direng
071 714 4641

Local march
Ottosdal
21 September 2011
Mazwi

Lebo
074 239 3835

073 626 3458

Local march
Delareyville
21 September 2011
Tladi
073 595 4855

Local march
Zeerust
26 September 2011
Obakeng
0837324990

Local march
Ventersdorp
22 September 2011
Tau
072 804 7973

Local march
Wolmaransstad
22 September 2011
Leptures
078 981 1573

Local march
Potchefstroom
22 September 2011
Mike
0828090158

Local march
Klerksdorp
27 September 2011
Sydney
0828090159

Local march
Bloemhof
23 September 2011
Bankies
0743189511

Local march
Christiana
27 September 2011
Vusi
0834393336

Local march
Schweizer Reneke
23 September 2011
Thabo
07333386275

Local march
Ganyesa
23 September 2011
Mmotsa
0827177299

Local march
Taung
23 September 2011
Mphato
0832975803

Local march
Vryburg
23 September 2011
Andy
078 619 2940

National strike marches

Ngaka Modiri Molema
venue Montshioa stadium to department of Labour head office
Time 10H00 to 16H00
Dr. Kenneth Kaunda

Klerksdorp medical centre to department of labour
Time 9H00 to 16H00

· Bojanala
Rustenburg taxi rank to municipality
Time 10H00 to 16H00
Dr. Ruth Mompati

Huhudi stadium to department of labour
Time 10H00 to 16H00
5 October 2011
Solly
Kopano
0823044055
0823395836

Anti corruption march
Mafikeng
13 October 2011
Solly

For more information call COSATU NW provincial secretary Solly Phetoe 0823044055.



Secrecy Bill Candlelight vigils in Joburg-Durban-Cape Town
Right2Know 19 September 2011

The Secrecy Bill will be tabled before the National Assembly on Tuesday, 20 September 2011. This is time for all of

us to stand together and ensure that the Bill is not passed. There is still time to scrap the Bill! The Right2Know

Campaign will gather the night before the vote in three cities across the nation to stage a candlelight vigil.

We would like to invite all South Africans to join us as we light candles in support of freedom of expression and

access to information. Help us send a message to the Members of Parliament who will vote on the Bill that we will

not stand by and allow these Freedoms to be snuffed out.

Date: Monday 19 September 2011
Time: 18:00 to 20:00
Venue: JHB: Kotze Street entrance to Constitution Hill
DBN: King’s House, Eastbourne Rd
CPT: Parliament, Plein Street

For comment please contact:

Gauteng: Dale McKinley (072429 4086)
KZN: Quinton Kippen (083 871 7549)
Western Cape: Hopolang Selebalo (021-461 7211)



South Africans march against secrecy bill
Yahoo News 17 September 2011

South African singers entertain the waiting crowd at the official opening of parliament …
South African politicians on Saturday joined hundreds of people who marched outside parliament to protest against

the controversial secrecy bill which will be tabled in parliament next week.

The ruling African National Congress (ANC) used its majority to push through the Protection of State Information

Bill which proposes penalties for disclosure and possession of material classified secret.

Former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils and Cape Town premier Helen Zille were among activists opposed to the

bill.

"This all-embracing secrecy bill... we smell and suspect is not about the real secrets that must be defended, but

it's to prevent those silly leaders who have egg on their face, who have been exposed by the media for doing

foolish and embarrassing things," Kasrils told the crowd outside parliament.

Among such things, he said, were "misusing and abusing" tenders and contracts as well as taxpayers' money.

Activists and editors fear the bill will hinder investigations into wrongdoing and affect media reporting.

Kasrils who is a member of the ANC said he felt he had to take part in the march as his concern for the country

transcended party loyalty.

"When your mother or father, brother or sister, your family, are doing the wrong thing... you raise your voice and

say: 'That is wrong, it must not be done'," he said.
news.yahoo.com


Protests in Tembisa
IOL News 19 September 2011

Around 1 000 protesters were gathering in Tembisa on Monday morning, apparently to voice their dissatisfaction with

service delivery, said police.

The protests were taking place in Umthambeka and Tsenolong in Tembisa, said Captain Pinky Tsinyane.

Earlier in the morning, protesters were blockading roads and burning tyres, she said.

“The situation is calm now and police have control. We are monitoring the situation.”

Local authorities were trying to contact community leaders to ascertain the exact nature of their grievances, said

Tsinyane. – Sapa
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Mbekweni residents vent anger at MPs
CLAYTON BARNES (IOL Nerws) 16 September 2011

Furious Mbekweni residents flung chairs at members of the provincial government’s oversight committee and tried to

hold them hostage during a tense visit to the area on Thursday.

Residents’ anger peaked after the chairman of the provincial government’s oversight committee, Johan Visser, told

residents that their housing concerns would be addressed only in “a few weeks’ time”.

The residents, most of whom live alongside the Paarl railway line where two toddlers were killed by a train in May,

said they would rather be killed by trains than move into shacks elsewhere. Alfred Gaba, who lives in a shack a few

metres from the railway tracks, said he would not move until he was allocated a house or a plot and erf number.

“Where in the world have you heard of a government that moves people from one shack into another shack? This is

unheard of and completely unacceptable,” he said.

Another resident said the community had had enough of their local municipality’s lies.

“You MPs are not leaving here until we get the answers,” said one man to loud applause. Residents refused to allow

DA provincial chief whip Alta Rossouw out of the building. DA MPLs called in law enforcement officers, who stood

guard over Rossouw.

Before the meeting was closed, Visser said that residents’ concerns would be taken up with the relevant authorities

and Human Settlements MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela, but the crowd started hurling chairs through the air.

The police were called in and the members were escorted to their bus.

“I can assure you that all your comments have been noted. We will compile a report and come back to you in a few

weeks’ time,” said Visser.

Mbekweni resident Linda Landu said the politicians would “probably not show their faces in Mbekweni again”.

She said residents were tired of being taken for fools by the municipality. “After the May 18 elections, the people

living along the railway line were no longer a priority,” said Landu. “These people want houses and basic

services.”

Drakenstein municipality mayor Gesie van Deventer said: “The move to another piece of land until Transnet builds a

wall is only a temporary solution for those living in danger.”

Van Deventer said that the municipality had a long-term housing plan, but that people could not be moved into

houses overnight.

Tommy Matthee, of the Drakenstein human settlements department, said the municipality would meet residents in three

weeks to discuss the way forward.

Earlier this week, Transnet’s group chief executive, Brian Molefe, turned the first sod for the construction of the

R8 million wall that is to be built alongside the railway line.
www.iol.co.za
clayton.barnes@inl.co.za - Cape Argus


Flatdweller mobilising in central Durban
Dear Friends

The court was packed by a wave of white ‘T’ Shirts written on them was POOR FLAT DWELERS MOVEMENT ‘ .There was no

seating or standing room at the Durban High Courts ‘ D’ court .

The different senior counsels who frequent these courts daily were shocked when they arrived to see a disciplined

bunch of people across race ,creed and colour standing and occupying the limited number of benches .

The judge seeing the over crowed court room with white ‘T’ shirts realised immediately who the people were .The

case has been postponed until next Thursday [22nd September] and the ball is in our court to provide the

information what FLAMINGO Court residents want the court to do with their case.

We are given the opportunity to get rid of corruption . We will have to work very hard to ensure we get the

information to the Legal resource Centre to hand to our PRO BONO senior Counsel.

Next Meeting 18Th September at 12.00pm Flamingo Court .

18TH September at 3.00pm DIAKONIA Council Of Churches [Dennis Hurley HALL ]

Thanks
Desmond


March Against Eskom, Conflict of Interest, and Secret Deals
Earthlife Africa Jhb 14 September 2011

Earthlife Africa Jhb will march on Eskom and BHP Billiton in Johannesburg to protest these companies’ continued

disregard of the environment and the nation. The march will be on Friday, 16th of September 2011. Of particular

concern is Eskom’s official status at the UNFCCC as a member of the South African negotiating team.

The march will start at 10am at Westgate Metro Station, stop off at BHP Billiton (10:15 to 10:30am, cnr. Hollard

and Marshall) and end at Eskom’s office (204 Smit Street, Braamfontein).

Along with Sasol, Eskom is on South Africa’s official negotiating team in terms of climate change. Eskom, in other

words, will represent South Africa at the upcoming Conference of the Parties (COP17) at Durban in December. COP17

is supposed to determine how to reduce global emissions, and the South African government is sending its biggest

emitter of greenhouse gases to negotiate emissions cuts. This is a straightforward conflict of interest, especially

as Eskom is currently increasing its emissions.

While the vast majority of other countries send elected representatives and scientific advisers to the UNFCCC,

South Africa sends polluting industries, one of which has found guilty of price-fixing on two continents. Who

represents South Africa? Its elected government or its captains of industry?

We call on Eskom to recuse itself from South Africa official delegation at COP17 as a matter of good governance.

Tristen Taylor, Project Coordinator at Earthlife Africa Jhb, states:

“Eskom’s misguided interests dictate that it keeps on its heavily carbon intensive pathway, and, nationally, it has

been fighting to protect its so-called right to emit. How can an entity like that, one whose entire business model

is predicated on burning coal cheaply, be expected to be a honest broker in negotiations to reduce its emissions?

This is a farce and bodes ill for any progressive outcome at COP17.”

The secret deals between Eskom and industry is exemplified by BHP Billiton’s sweetheart deals for electricity.

After the recent court judgement on its contract with Eskom, we call upon Eskom, BHP Billiton and NERSA to release

the entire contents of the new pricing deals under negotiation.

As Makoma Lekalakala, Earthlife Africa Jhb’s Programme Officer, states:

“Communities are caught in rising price hikes for electricity, hikes far outstripping increasing salaries and

social grants. At the same time, BHP Billiton gets to negotiate its price and then keep that secret. NERSA, Eskom

and BHP Billiton need to release the new deals right away. Why must the citizens of this country subsidise BHP

Billiton? Are Eskom and NERSA waiting for the Freedom of Information Bill to be passed so that they can keep these

new deals under wraps for another fifteen years?”

For more information, please contact:

Makoma Lekalakala
Programme Officer
Earthlife Africa Jhb
Tel: +27 11 339 3662
Fax: +27 11 339 3270
Cell: +27 82 682 9177
makoma@earthlife.org.za
www.earthlife.org.za

Tristen Taylor
Project Coordinator
Earthlife Africa Jhb
Tel: +27 11 339-3662
Cell: +27 84 250-2434
tristen@earthlife.org.za
www.earthlife.org.za


Magistrate strikes Thembelihle case from roll
Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI) Johannesburg 11 April 2012

On 10 April 2012, the Protea Regional Court struck from the roll a
criminal case brought against 14 residents of Thembelihle informal
settlement (including 3 minors). The residents were arrested in
September 2011 following protests at the settlement over access to
housing and electricity.

The residents had been arrested late last year, after police moved to
crush protests in the poor and under-serviced informal settlement.
SERI stepped in to represent the accused when it became clear that the
main purpose of the prosecution was to punish the residents for having
embarked upon legitimate and lawful demonstrations.

The state's conduct of the prosecution clearly indicated that its
purpose was political. Despite being given seven months – and 9
postponements – to prepare its case, the state could not even produce
an adequate charge sheet with details of the offences of which the
residents stood accused. The residents have all along denied any
wrongdoing.

The charge sheet finally presented yesterday did not describe the
nature of the offences that the accused were charged with. The state
also conceded that it could produce just 1 witness to the alleged
offences. It would need yet more time to produce the testimony
required to continue with the prosecution.

SERI submitted yesterday that the state's conduct had created a
manifestly unreasonable delay in bringing the matter to trial. SERI
argued that the matter should be struck from the roll in terms of
section 342A(3)(c) of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977. SERI
submitted that the state had taken a casual approach to the case. Its
dilatory conduct caused the accused emotional, financial and
educational harm.

The Presiding Officer, Magistrate Mpofu, echoed SERI’s sentiments that
it was unfair to expect the accused to keep coming to court for no
purpose – given that the state was unable to provide any particulars
of the charges against them.

Teboho Mosikili, SERI attorney for the accused, said “I am glad that
the Court has reprimanded the state for its casual approach in this
matter. The ongoing remands were absolutely unreasonable. The delays
by the state have trampled on my clients’ constitutional rights to a
fair trial. These include being informed of the charges with
sufficient detail to be able to answer to them, and having their trial
begin and be concluded without unreasonable delay.”

Jackie Dugard, SERI's executive director, said, “The state's endless
foot-dragging in this case is clear evidence that this prosecution was
brought, not to punish crime, but to stifle legitimate community
protest in Thembelihle. The prosecution, and the way it has been
pursued, is yet another example of the abuse of the criminal justice
system in aid of silencing the real and legitimate grievances of
people living in informal settlement communities.”

The SERI Law Clinic, together with Advocate Nkosikhona Gama, Advocate
Irene de Vos and Advocate Stuart Wilson acted for the 14 accused.

Contact:
Teboho Mosikili, attorney at SERI: teboho@seri-sa.org
072 248 2199

Jackie Dugard, executive director at SERI: jackie@seri-sa.org
084 240 6187



Themb'elihle: Arresting a protest
Daily Maverick 16 September

The arrest of a community leader and threats of more, this week became
central to a protest at a settlement outside Johannesburg, where a fight
for services has not turned into a fight against the police ‑‑ yet. But
when it comes to putting down insurrection, it isn't easy to figure out
who to detain when. By PHILLIP DE WET.

Bhayiza Miya is the eloquent, politically and media savvy leader of the
core of protesters responsible for demonstrations in Themb'elihle near
Lenasia. Soon after things turned violent last Monday ‑‑ something the
political leaders say they deplore and had no hand in ‑‑ Miya started
keeping a lower profile, avoiding gatherings out in the open and
refusing to attend meetings. It wasn't enough, though; on Tuesday he was
arrested on a charge of intimidation.

Others had been arrested the week before, but those had been random,
people plucked out of groups. This, it seems, the protesters found fair.
They acknowledge that there had been public violence and illegal
gatherings, even if they consider the violence mostly justified and a
ban on gatherings to be unconstitutional, and were reasonably content
that their comrades quickly received bail. Miya, on the other hand, was
specifically targeted, which, combined with his relatively elevated
stature, made for all manner of conspiracy theories: he was being
mistreated, he was being interrogated, he was being transported
elsewhere (for some dark purpose), his arrest had been ordered by the
ANC, the President, or orchestrated by the intelligence services.

By Wednesday, Miya's detention had become the new rallying point for the
protesters. Residents who had been tired the day before, or had gone
back to work, returned to show solidarity with their presumably being
martyred colleague.

As usual, the truth was more complicated. Miya had been charged with a
fairly serious offence in the middle of a pretty unstable, and sometimes
violent, situation. The arrest was not so much political as apolitical;
had they refused to bring him in, the police would have had some
explaining to do.

But Themb'elihle has, in the past week and a half, seen its share of
political arrests, and political non‑arrests, and some that fall in
between. As the blunt end of the government interacting with the people
in the street, the police's every move is being closely watched, and
what it does, or doesn't do, or is thought to have done, could have a
big impact on how the Themb'elihle uprising goes and how it ends.

Last Tuesday, for example, police arrested two young men they strongly
suspected had hurled rocks at them. As colleagues held back an angry
crowd with rubber bullets, officers pulled the two from an outdoor
toilet, dragged them to the edge of the township and handcuffed them
together.

It was only 11:00, but it had already been a hard morning of running
battles. So it would have been easy to interpret what happened next as
petty and vindictive: the two handcuffed suspects, now docile and
obeying instructions, were paraded in front of the crowd gathered 100
metres or so away, made to show off their cuffed wrists and told to
exhort their comrades to calm down. That interpretation would also have
been wrong, though; a short time later the two detainees were set free,
to applause from a non‑violent group of mostly women nearby. The effect
on the angry crowd was probably not a positive one, but the broader
community approved that their wayward sons had been returned to them.
The police had made a point about their ability to detain, but hadn't
pushed.

Others were not quite so lucky. That night, after being urged to go into
the township on foot, in the dark, amid reports of live ammunition being
used and make arrests, police pulled out groups that included young
women who would later claim they had been hiding in their homes all
along. At least two men claim police shot and wounded them for no
apparent reason, though those claims are still being investigated. A
heavily pregnant woman said she was man‑handled even though she had
never taken part in the protest, although she suffered no serious harm
and her allegations could not be substantiated.

All this ‑‑ the actual arrests and detentions, the rumours, the
allegations ‑‑ feed an increasing distrust of many in Themb'elihle
towards the police. So when an officer on Wednesday warned that yet
another gathering at a nearby taxi rank to discuss the way forward would
be illegal and any who attended may face arrest, it wasn't unexpected
when the language got tough again. "That is our place," one leader said.
"If they think they can come there and tell us what to do they'll have a
surprise. They'll have to kill us to get there."

Though they've had rocks thrown at them and barricades erected against
them, the police have not been targeted in any serious way during this
uprising. Some, in fact, respected their restraint and professional
manner. On Wednesday, though, for the first time, it seemed that could
change.

Not that a lack of firm police action would be any safer for either
police or residents. During the last week‑and‑a‑half various residents
from Lenasia, a far richer suburb just across the road from
Themb'elihle, at various times threatened to take up arms against their
neighbours. Reports of planned marches into Lenasia itself caused minor
spikes of panic, talk of evacuating children in the face of imminent
looting. Cooler heads (or the police) invariably prevailed, but if the
police presence had been any smaller, any less visible, or police had
been perceived to not be in control, that may well not have been the case.

Themb'elihle itself also requires a firm police hand, to some extent.
Everyone, including protesters and their leaders, acknowledge that
criminals have used the chaos caused by demonstrations for their own
gain. They target not the armed‑and‑waiting residents of Lenasia, but
the weaker on their own side of the road. Several police officers have
expressed worry at what could befall the old and frail and young in
Themb'elihle if it should become a true no‑go zone for police. Not to
mention the effects should the community then take justice into its own
hands. *DM*
dailymaverick.co.za


NUM’s show of force at Eskom tomorrow
NUM 16 September 2011

Thousands of members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) members will tomorrow march in Johannesburg to

demand amongst others that Eskom stops its unilateral implementation of 7%. The members would come out in large

numbers to reject with contempt Eskom‘s 7%; to reject Eskom‘s conversion of its pension fund to a provident fund;

to force the parastatal to accede to the demand of a minimum service level agreement and the improvement of a

housing allowance. The NUM further demands that Eskom‘s offer of deferred bonuses and shares to its executives and

the board be extended to ordinary workers. “Tomorrow will be a show of force. It will be an indication to Eskom

that nothing about us without us is possible” says Job Matsepe, the NUM‘s Energy Sector Coordinator.

In a separate but related event, the NUM has yesterday approached the Labour Court for relief in a bid to obtain an

urgent interdict to stop Eskom‘s unilateral implementation of the disagreement. The judgment was reserved for

Monday.

The details of tomorrow‘s march are as follows:

Place: Workers would gather at Mary Fitzgerald square
Time: Gather at 09H00 and march from 10H00

The march will proceed from the Square to Eskom‘s Central region in Braamfontein 204 Smith Street, where a

memorandum of demands will be presented.

For further enquiries:
Lesiba Seshoka- (NUM National Spokesman)- 082 803 6719


Ficksburg residents march over graft
IOL News 15 September 2011

Residents of Ficksburg marched on the Setsoto municipality buildings on Thursday in protest against corruption in

the council.

The protest was organised by the Ficksburg ratepayers' association, the DA, Cope and the Setsoto Concerned Citizens

group. Church leaders also took part.

Residents want the municipality to release the full report on a recent probe into the affairs of the municipality.

Free State co-operative governance MEC Mamiki Qabathe ordered the inquiry after protester Andries Tatane died in

service delivery protests earlier this year.

Only a shortened version of the report was released within the Setsoto council, which led to the DA and Cope

walking out of a council meeting.

The executive summary released indicated the municipality was in disarray with no proper management and financial

control. It was unstable because of widespread theft, fraud and corruption, the report revealed. The investigation

found supply chain management department staff were often coerced by senior managers into making orders against

policy.

The report recommended several managers and officials of the Setsoto local municipality face criminal and

disciplinary charges on allegations of theft, fraud and corruption. – Sapa
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Threats to block N1 over lack of services
IOL News 15 September 2011

RESIDENTS of the Stofland informal settlement in De Doorns have threatened to block the N1 between Worcester and

Touws River if local and provincial authorities don’t provide basic services.

During a provincial government oversight visit to the area yesterday, angry residents demanded answers from members

of the provincial legislature (MPLs).

Monica Snyers, who moved to the area 39 years ago, told MPLs that residents were “tired of politicians and their

lies”. She said residents who had been in the area for decades remained on the housing waiting list, while “youth”,

some as young as 18, were given new RDP houses.

“It’s a big mess and we’ve had enough. People are living without water and electricity. Seniors have to relieve

themselves outside. Someone has to do an audit of the housing waiting list to find out exactly what is going on

here.”

But the MPLs, who were set to go on a walkabout, left the area after 30 minutes on the advice of provincial

government officials without addressing the community’s concerns.

Dorothy Nkosi, 65, said: “I’m never voting again. Our people are suffering, but it seems the DA government, both at

the municipality and in the province, don’t care about us.”

ANC MPL Mcebisi Skwatsha said he was “disappointed” that the committee had been advised to leave the area before

they could talk to the residents. “It seems like the DA-led administration is not keen to deal with the needs of

the most deprived communities. People have serious concerns...”

Stofland ward councillor Mpumelelo Lubisi said: “I’m not heard in council. I take these people’s concerns to the

officials and the mayor, but they don’t do anything. The housing waiting list is maintained by the provincial

government. I have no say there.”

Breede River deputy mayor John Levendal said the new DA administration was aware of the problems in Stofland and

was devising a plan. “There are a lot of issues here, but we have just taken over this municipality from the ANC in

May. We are still holding meetings with officials and community leaders to establish exactly what is happening.”

In 2008 residents blocked the N1 for two days during a service delivery protest in the area.

The committee also visited the Thusong Centre in Worcester yesterday. The centres are hubs where people in rural

areas can get information about government services and employment opportunities according to the provincial

government website. Instead, the committee found a dilapidated building and a community furious about lack of

services.

Zwelethemba resident Bongani Ntshingila said: “This centre is a disaster. It’s an embarrassment.”

Manager Mawethu Bikani said there was no budget and only two cleaners and a data capturer. “We are struggling.”

Ntsietso Sesiu, director of service delivery integration in the Local Government Department, said most of the

province’s 26 Thusong centres were in poor wards and should be managed by the municipalities.

She said there was a plan for the centres to be self-sufficient, but it was not working.

“There is a big problem with departments saying these centres are unfunded mandates. We are engaging with

municipalities to ensure the centres are covered in their budgets. We are aware of the challenges at this centre

and have made proposals to the Treasury to have it refurbished.”

Levendal said: “This is the first time I hear about these problems here. I will look at this to see how we can

assist.”
clayton.barnes@inl.co.za
www.iol.co.za


R2K March to Parliament on Saturday! The Secrecy Bill still fails the Freedom Test!

The National Assembly is set to vote on the Secrecy bill on Tuesday 20 September (next week). All political parties

in the POIB Committee have voted in favor of the current draft of the Bill. The Bill still fails the Right2Know

Freedom Text and remains a draconian law that - if passed - will have to be challenged in the Constitutional Court.

The Right2Know Campaign is calling on all democrats to send a clear message to MPS in the NAtional Assembly: There

is still time for them to scrap the Bill! They must vote against it and return it to a process of redrafting

through public consultation!

Join the Right2Know campaign as we all March to Parliament this Saturday. Stop the Secrecy Bill!

DATE: Saturday 17 September 2011
TIME: 10h00 - 13h00
VENUE: Gathering at . Marching to Parliament.
WEAR: Red, Black, & White


PMB: 63 in custody after protest
14 September 2011

PLESSISLAER police station in Pietermaritzburg is full to capacity after the arrests of 63 service delivery

protesters on Monday.

The 63 appeared in the city’s magistrate’s court yesterday, amid a heavy police presence as a large crowd of

demonstrators toyi-toyed outside the building.

They were remanded in custody until September 20 when they will apply for bail.

Charges were withdrawn against two juveniles, aged 15 and 17, and they were released into their parents’ custody.

Forty-four were charged with public violence after they protested at the Henley Kwanandu location, blockading the

roads with rocks and burning tyres.

The 150-strong crowd refused to obey police warnings to disperse. Seventeen of the arrested suspects have been

charged with public violence after blockading Bulwer Road in the Gezubuso area, not far from Kwanandu, with burning

tyres, a bulldozer and tree branches.

They have also been charged with two counts of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm after hitting two

police officers, Paul Ndlovu and Mzikwakho Mthembu, with stones and bricks.

They were protesting against the lack of service delivery in ward five of the municipality.

Residents of the community said they were “fed up” with their ward councillor, Shozi Phillip Bonga, who they said

had not kept his promises.

“He has been feeding us lies for years, and had not helped us. We’ve had enough,” said resident Elpheus Dladla.

Others complained that the ward committee for the area had not been elected in a way that allowed the community to

voice its views and concerns.

Bonga said he was unaware of the problems but would be happy to engage with the community to address issues.

Police were kept busy with the frenzied protesters yesterday and the media were at first barred from entering the

packed courtroom. Journalists jostled with police and stood their ground until they were eventually allowed in.


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