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South African Protest News 30 September 30 October (2012) South African Protest News 30 September 30 October.  : -.

ECape protesters appear in court
IOL News 29 October 2013

Butterworth - Twenty-six people appeared in the Ngqamakhwe Magistrate's Court on charges of public violence on Tuesday, Eastern Cape police said.

“They were not asked to plead and their case was postponed to November 22 for further investigation,” said Captain Jackson Manatha.

The group was released on a warning. The 18 women and eight men were arrested on Monday after violent protests broke out in the area.

Manatha said the area was quiet on Tuesday morning.

E Cape cops arrest 26 over protests
IOL News 28 October 2013

Butterworth - Twenty-six people were arrested on Monday after violent protests broke out in Ngqamakhwe, Butterworth, Eastern Cape police said.

Colonel Sibongile Soci said 18 women and eight men were taken into custody.

“We are reiterating our warning that members of the community should consider the consequences of their actions,” Soci said in a statement.

The group would appear in the Ngqamakhwe Magistrate's Court on public violence charges on Tuesday.

The province's education department said matric exams in the area started without a glitch despite the violence. Residents blocked the main road into the town. Despite this exam papers were delivered to schools, spokesman Malibongwe Mtima said in a statement.

Mob kills foreigner suspected of rape
IOL News 28 October 2013

The 30-year-old Ethiopian was attacked at his place of work on Saturday by a group of men who forced him into a taxi, Brigadier Selvy Mohlala said in a statement.

“The group attacked him with sticks and sjamboks... The men forced him into their kombi and drove with him to the taxi rank in Secunda,” Mohlala said.

They apparently accused the man of raping the six-year-old daughter of one of the men.

“Upon arrival at the taxi rank, they continued to assault the victim until he was unconscious... The victim sustained serious injuries.”

He was taken to hospital and died of his injuries on Sunday. No arrests had been made by Monday afternoon.

Bekkersdal protests cost R11.2m
IOL News29 October 2013

Johannesburg - Bekkersdal protesters in the west of Johannesburg have caused an estimated R11.2 million damage to municipal buildings over the past six weeks, Beeld newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Westonaria municipality spokesman Kgabane Madiehe said the Paul Nel community hall, a gymnasium, a mobile library and the municipal offices were damaged during protests.

He said it would cost about R4.8 million to fix the community hall and gymnasium, while damages to municipal offices in Bekkersdal and the city centre were R2.6 million and R3.2 million respectively.

It would cost about R600 000 to get the mobile library up and running again.

Residents, claiming corruption in the local municipality, threw stones and set buildings alight in protests that started last month.

Mayor ‘meats’ match in irate residents
27 October 2013

Durban - Durban mayor James Nxumalo’s delivery of meat parcels to the poor in eThekwini backfired on Saturday when angry residents started a fire in protest at his presence.

Nxumalo and his helpers, some riding in a four-ton truck laden with the beef parcels sponsored by a Turkish company, zipped through the city as part of a mayoral outreach programme.

First stop was the Kennedy Road informal settlement, before moving on to Sydenham, Amaoti, KwaMashu, Isipingo, Austerville, Chatsworth, and then ending off the outreach drive at Inchanga, Nxumalo’s home town.

Residents of Kennedy Road barricaded the roads and burned rubbish to vent their anger over the council’s failure to deliver houses.

“I don’t need meat – I need a house,” said Sandile Sebetha.

“The mayor must not bluff us with meat, thinking he can get my vote. I’m not happy. I’ve been waiting so long for a house,” he said.

He said he had rushed to hear Nxumalo speak about housing, but had been disappointed when he heard about the parcels.

Thulsile Mpanza said she would give her package to a needy family.

“I think the mayor is trying to get our vote with meat.

“The ANC must not disrespect people who are living in shacks.”

Resident Philani Jali said ward councillor Bhekisisa Ngcobo encouraged residents to register for the elections, but wouldn’t entertain questions from the public.

A policeman at the scene said the protest was started by non-ANC residents who did not receive a goody bag.

A spokesman for eThekwini Municipality, Thabo Mofokeng, said the city had donated meat to 1 250 poor families.

“The families were identified by their ward councillors,” he said.

“This is part of the mayoral outreach programme that reaches out to the poor.”
Sunday Tribune

Sexploits shock Durban suburbs
Duncan Guy 26 October 2013

Durban - Men from uMhlanga Rocks and the Highway area and elsewhere in Durban who pick up prostitutes in the Glenwood area face having their car registrations placed on social network sites.

This is the threat of furious residents of the middle-class suburb who are fed up with the invasion of brazen sex workers.

In certain roads in the suburb, and neighbouring Umbilo, trade in the world’s oldest profession cooks around the clock. Clients – known as “johns” – are often middle-aged, successful-looking and probably have families.

Many appear to travel to Glenwood and Umbilo from uMhlanga and Pinetown.

“We see lots of NUR, ‘larney’ cars and NPN cars, not just ND,” said Heather Rorick, who chairs the Bulwer Community Safety Forum, which is organising a number of pickets this morning in Glenwood and Umbilo to highlight the problem.

It doesn’t surprise Heinz de Boer, DA councillor for uMhlanga. He’s received similar reports about NUR-registered cars from La Mercy and Riverside. He said prostitution was also rife in his uMhlanga-La Lucia constituency but, unlike Glenwood,

“it’s high-end, exclusive escorts that cost a good couple of hundred to thousands of rand.”

His counterpart in Pinetown, Tim Brauteseth, said he was aware that sex workers in his constituency were more demure than those in Glenwood and Umbilo. “Here, they give people a wave. Down there they actually flash at passing motorists,” he said.

He believes properly-zoned red light areas are the best solution. “There, they would need to be monitored and controlled. Sex workers would be registered, screened and medically tested. Outside that area, anyone loitering for sex should face the full force of the law.”

Another option, less preferable to an organised red-light district, would be for the law to come down harder on the “johns”.

In Glenwood itself, Presbyterian minister Derek Potgieter called prostitution “a huge morality issue” and noticed an increase in such activity over the past 18 months, including its extension into daylight hours.

Sometimes Rorick and her forum name and shame “johns” on Facebook.

They also report to companies when they see clients with cars carrying their brandings.

What upsets them bitterly is that with the crime – prostitution is illegal – comes the grime, which they fear is creeping further into residential areas.

They also lament that both sex workers and “johns” in Glenwood and Umbilo are so brazen. “Women cannot even stand at a bus stop without having men stop and say crude things about what they want to do, and ask what they would charge,” said Rorick.

“Passing children are exposed to prostitution daily, witnessing how the prostitutes expose themselves to passing motorists.”

Glenwood-Umbilo councillor Nicole Graham said that while she sympathised with women caught up in the sex trade “it has got to go”.

“It is having negative socio-economic consequences. Lots of businesses are trying to move… it’s killing property prices.”

Glenwood Preparatory School headmaster Louis Arde said if he was the Umbilo police station commander he would “have stamped it out years ago”.

Police had not commented at the time of going to press.

Mike Vorster, the Methodist Bishop of the Natal Coastal District, said his major concern with prostitution was that it was often linked to syndicates and human trafficking.

“A moral outrage is not enough,” he said. “An exit strategy is needed for them, such as alternative employment.

“To just chase them off the street is cosmetic stuff.”

uMhlanga’s De Boer pointed out that this was difficult as prostitution could earn sex workers between R500 and R1 500 a day while work as domestics may earn them as little as R150.

Prostitution in Glenwood and Umbilo appears to be most rife in Che Guevara (formerly Moore) and Clark roads as well as the northern part of Esther Roberts (formerly Frere) Road.

SADTU teachers stage sit-in at Queensgate
Teachers protest at Queensgate building after being fired from Tatane High School in Bergville

Saish Motheram (Look Local)23 October 2013

Educators affiliated with the South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) staged a sit-in at the district Department of Education / Queensgate offices on Monday and Tuesday, even remaining in the building on Monday night.

This after 15 teachers from Tatane High School in Bergville were fired by District Director Mr Mazibuko. The Provincial Secretary of SADTU was present on Tuesday for negotiations and to get the fired teachers back at work.

The teachers sang songs in the hallways and stairways of the Queensgate building while negotiations carried on during the course of the day. The headmaster of the school in question was present at the Queensgate building on Tuesday and a solution to the problem was found, bringing the sit-in to an end.

Agang SA members due in court
IOL News 24 October 2013

Polokwane - Three members of political party Agang SA are to appear in the Mahwelereng Magistrate's Court on charges of malicious damage to property, Limpopo police said on Thursday.

The three were arrested in Mokopane in July after violence erupted during a community meeting, Captain Sebotsaro Motadi said.

Mogalakwena mayor Tlhalefi Mashamaite failed to arrive as promised to address Mzombane residents on service delivery problems, Motadi said.

A councillor then took the microphone.

“As he was trying to address them, a group disrupted the meeting. The three suspects stoned the councillor's car... They later identified themselves as Agang SA members,” Motadi said.

The three men would appear in court on Friday.

Poo protesters hit Sanlam offices
IOL News 25 October 2013

Three people, allegedly EFF members, were arrested after protesters threw faeces at Sanlam's head office in Bellville. File picture: David Ritchie

Cape Town - Three people, allegedly EFF members, were arrested after protesters threw faeces at Sanlam's head office in Bellville, Cape Town, on Friday.

“Around 10.30am a group of about 20 to 30 people, wearing red berets and claiming to be members of the Economic Freedom Fighters, gathered at our main reception,” Sanlam spokesman Ainsley Moos said.

The group placed tyres and containers of faeces at the entrance to the reception area.

Staff called the police, and as the group tried to empty the containers a scuffle broke out between them and police.

Captain Frederick van Wyk said police arrived and told the group their protest was illegal.

“They were asked to leave the area... They started to pour out the faeces onto the ground and throwing it towards the Sanlam building.”

Two people were arrested.

“One protester then attacked a police officer and tried to rescue the detainees in the police vehicle. This person was then also arrested and detained for assault on a police official.”

The three would appear in court soon.

Van Wyk said three containers of faeces were taken back to the police station.

Moos said the protest had to do with someone employed by Sanlam's labour broker, whose contract was terminated recently.

Cape Town has been hit by a number of human waste dumping incidents in the past months. Most of the previous cases involved protests about sanitation in informal settlements.

Building set alight in West Rand protest
IOL News 24 October 2013

Johannesburg - The streets and a building in Bekkersdal near Westonaria were burning on Wednesday night. This was after a volatile, intense stand-off between protesting residents and police lasting more than two hours.

It all began around 4pm. By 5pm, hundreds of residents were throwing rocks at two police armoured Nyalas at the scene.

They burnt tyres at the end of the street near the taxi rank.

Children were vandalising a gymnasium hall and stealing copper cables. Other children had made a stone coffin for the ward councillor on the instruction of older residents.

Police officers, who were outnumbered, used the gymnasium hall as a base, while residents stood defiant on a hill on the opposite side of the hall.

They kept running down the hill in droves to attack the police, and retreating when rubber bullets were fired at them.

Fezile Momoza says he was hit with a panga by a ward councillor. Photo: Boxer Ngwenya

The Star
Earlier, a teenage boy was shot in the township, while residents turned on each other amid allegations of ward councillors promoting violence.

Witnesses described, and SABC footage appeared to show, a man coming out of a shop on Wednesday morning, pointing a gun and shouting “Get back, get back!”

In the footage, the man walks to the edge of his property and fires shots.

A 14-year-old boy was hit in a leg. Staff at the local clinic confirmed treating him.

Police spokeswoman Constable Elsie Tshonte said the shopkeeper was facing only charges of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition as no one had come forward to lay a charge about the shooting.

The protests began three weeks ago when residents blockaded roads and attacked police over poor service delivery and alleged maladministration.

They have been calling for ward councillors and the executive mayor of the Westonaria local municipality, Nonkoliso Tundzi, to resign.

At 6pm on Wednesday, six Nyalas patrolled the taxi rank area.

Police fired teargas to disperse the crowd, but their efforts were futile.

Fifteen minutes later, the roof of the gymnasium hall, which police had already vacated, was burning, after a protester had thrown a petrol bomb onto it.

Later in the night, the police had brought the fire at the hall under control.

Burning tyres were placed on almost all the streets in Bekkersdal.

At 8pm, police in Nyalas patrolled the township, firing rubber bullets to disperse small pockets of people still standing in the streets.

Earlier in the day, angry residents had wanted to burn councillor Thabani Mngomezulu’s house in Silver City over their anger at non-delivery of services.

More than 40 people marched to his house, wielding pangas and spears.

“There is no evidence that the mayor is corrupt,” Mngomezulu said.

“People must not vandalise state property because they say a mayor is corrupt. This violence won’t last forever…

“People must stop this tribalistic and xenophobic attitude,” he said in reference to foreigners who had been forced to abandon their shops.

The situation remained tense. and

DA Marches in Moqhaka Municipality - Calls for Municipal Manager's Suspension
AllAfrica 21 October 2013

Today, the DA marched in Moqhaka Municipality in the Free State to highlight the deterioration of infrastructure and the non-existent service delivery record of the ANC-led municipality.

The DA calls for the immediate suspension of Moqhaka Municipal Manager, Mr Mncedisi Mqwathi, and that an investigation is launched into his performance as the person responsible for service delivery.

It is the third time in three years the DA has marched in this municipality over the very same issues. In some bizarre turn of events, SAMWU with the support of the ANC, SACP and COSATU marched on the municipality two weeks ago reinforcing the DA's three yearlong call to have Mqwathi suspended.

It is also noteworthy that Moqhaka Mayor, Mr Jihad Mohapi, refused to come out and meet the DA during each march. This time, Mohapi deployed Public Safety MMC, Mr Rachere Moletsane, to accept the our memorandum.

Various service delivery failures highlighted today include

In Marabastad, Kroonstad, 120 people share only one unenclosed toilet.

Sewerage flows from a manhole onto the streets and into the Vals river in Constantia.

The deteriorating state of Kroonstad roads.

No confidence motion brought by the DA against the Municipal Manager, that has been ignored by the ANC-led council since April 2013.

Water disruptions due to poor maintenance of equipment and infrastructure.

338 vacant positions for labourers as per the municipality's organogram.

Mismanagement of public funds as identified in consecutive AG reports.

The DA has been fighting for quality service delivery in Moqhaka for more than three years.

The DA remains committed to transparent and effective government, delivering quality services to all.

Patricia Kopane, DA Leader in the Free State

Two killed in fight over electricity
IOL News 20 October 2013

Two people were killed and seven injured, allegedly by eThekwini Municipality security guards, on Saturday in a fight over electricity.

At about 9am on Saturday a stand-off took place between city officials and residents at the New Germany informal settlement in Reservoir Hills when officials disconnected cables drawing electricity from nearby schools and garages to the informal settlement.

Relatives of Malizo Fakaza and Nhlanhla Mkhize, the men who were killed, are now demanding that the city accept responsibility for their deaths.

Fakaza, who lived in the Kennedy Road informal settlement, was visiting his cousin, Mbali Mdlozini.

He was shot in the head.

Ward 23 councillor Themba Mtshali addresses residents at the New Germany informal settlement where two people were shot dead and seven injured over illegal electrical connections.

“It hurts because they didn’t have to kill him. If he was wrong, then they should have arrested him. They just shoot at people and kill them,” said Mdlalose.

“It is so unfair that we must live like this. Why can’t we have electricity like everyone in South Africa? We are not animals. We want to have electricity like everyone else,” said Mdlalose, who was shaken by the incident and demanded that the city be held accountable for Fakaza’s death.

Busisiwe Khawula said her partner, Mkhize, the other victim, was washing his takkies outside their home while she was inside.

“The next thing someone knocked on my door to tell me that he was shot. I went to the vehicle where he was and he lay still, his head slumped to the left of the ambulance door,” said Khawula.

Khawula said she had not had electricity since moving to the informal settlement 15 years ago.

“I use a candle every day and if I don’t have R3 for a candle, I don’t have light in the room. People lost their lives over the electricity problem. The municipality must answer for his death.”

Mkhize died when he was shot twice in the chest.

The head of eThekwini Electricity, Sandile Maphumulo, who was at the scene, said, “There is nothing I can do about the act until I have all of the facts. Illegal connections are a hazard to the community.”

Ward 23 councillor Themba Mtshali pleaded with the community not to politicise the incident. “Only politicians fight, we mustn’t fight with each other. They told us we shouldn’t connect the electricity for the next five days, until the matter is sorted out.”

SAPS spokesman Colonel Jay Naicker said the police arrested nine security guards, who had been charged with murder and attempted murder.

“Nine people were shot, two died and seven were injured when security guards fired live ammunition at them. We arrested the guards and ceased their firearms.”

The guards had accompanied staff removing illegal connections.

E Cape protests under control
IOL News 18 October 2013

Port Elizabeth - Service delivery protests in Missionvale, Port Elizabeth, and Cookhouse, near Cradock, were under control on Friday afternoon, Eastern Cape police said.

“Earlier this morning (residents) were throwing stones at police,” said Warrant Officer Alwin Labans said.

Police fired rubber bullets to disperse them.

“The situation is under control,” he said around 3pm.

They burnt tyres and blocked roads to express their dissatisfaction with the rate of housing delivery and other services.

No one had been arrested, Labans said.

In a separate protest, residents of Cookhouse set a municipal building alight on Thursday around 9pm, said Captain Stefanie Smith.

“About... 600 dissatisfied community members took to the streets and started stoning the municipality building to express their alleged dissatisfaction (with municipal services).”

The protesters later set the building alight, set fire to a tractor tyre under a railway bridge on the R63, which disrupted traffic, and stoned a police car.

“Today everything is under control. Local police are monitoring the situation,” Smith said.

A case of public violence was being investigated, but no one had been arrested.

Marchers protest against fracking
IOL News 19 October 2013

More than 200 people marched almost 3km in strong winds to the Shell offices on Cape Town’s Foreshore yesterday to register their objections to fracking in South Africa.

Treasure Karoo Action Group chief executive Jonathan Deal said the march was to show the government that people would not let fracking destroy the environment.

The Treasure Karoo Action Group co-hosted the march with AfriForum and other NGOs.

“The people of South Africa need to understand the threat of fracking,” Deal said.

Fracking, which is the process of drilling and injecting fluid into the ground at high pressures to release natural gases, has been banned in a number of countries.

Shell’s Karoo fracking plans have sparked a battle between the government and farmers, as well as conservationists.

The protesters handed a memorandum to the Water, Energy and Mineral Resources Department, demanding a public discussion on the issue.

Julius Kleynhans, head of environmental affairs at AfriForum, said fracking would pollute land, contaminate water and threaten the health of local residents.

The march ended at the Shell office, where protesters delivered a letter to a Shell representative, demanding an end to fracking in South Africa. - Saturday Argus

Exam disruption threat at UCT
Michelle Jones 18 October 2013

Cape Town - UCT students will march on campus on Friday morning to call for the university’s race-based admissions policy to remain unchanged - and have threatened to disrupt exams if this demand is not met.

The Progressive Youth Alliance (PYA) - comprising the ANC Youth League, Young Communist League of SA, SA Students’ Congress and Congress of SA Students - will call for UCT’s council to meet urgently over the weekend.

The council would then have until 1pm on Monday to report back on the outcomes of their meeting.

At a press conference yesterday, ANCYL provincial task team member Aphiwe Bewana said if the “council fails to deal with this”, the movement would consider disrupting next week’s exams.

Bewana said it was due to a “political agenda” that the university wished to change its policy to become less inclusive and admit fewer black students, to maintain a white majority student body.

SACP district treasurer Howard Smith said if UCT was allowed to change its admissions policy it would become a “mediocre and complacent institution”.

More than a year ago, UCT called for public comment on its admissions policy, which asked students to state their race.

The UCT council and vice-chancellor Max Price had repeatedly said the inclusion of race in the admissions policy was undesirable and alternative proxies for disadvantage should be found.

It had been suggested that alternative proxies included whether parents or grandparents had tertiary education, which school pupils had attended, whether they were beneficiaries of social grants and what language they spoke at home.

ANC provincial secretary Songezo Mjongile said it was 100 percent in support of the PYA and opposed UCT’s review of the policy.

Student representative council president Lorne Hallendorff said: “The UCT SRC is against the proposed alternative to the race-based policy for admissions at UCT.

“Having looked at the new proposal as it currently stands, we have concerns that it will not achieve the intended goal of ensuring at least the same racial diversity that the race-based policy ensures.”

Hallendorff said the SRC would never support the disrupting of exams.

University spokeswoman Gerda Kruger said the university welcomed all admissions policy comments and inputs.

“UCT is not abandoning race as a factor in determining past and present disadvantage and remains fully committed to transformation in higher education.

“We have simply discovered over the years that the issue is infinitely more complex: apartheid’s attack on the dignity of black people was mounted at a variety of levels, leaving a legacy of many sites of disadvantage.”

She said UCT would “never reverse its commitment to affirmative action in admissions” but sought another way to define disadvantage.

“It is not true that black students will be reduced at UCT as a result of any changes in admissions policy.

“The university's goal is to attract the best students from all walks of life in South Africa, and to provide redress for past disadvantage.”

Kruger said the number of black students had grown from about 4 500 in 2008 to 6 200 this year.

She said Senate would meet in late November to discuss the proposed model and decide whether to keep the current admissions policy or change the policy for 2015.

Kruger said the PYA’s threat had been noted with concern.

“UCT will do whatever is necessary to ensure staff and students are safe and that students are allowed to take their exams without disruption.”

Criminality replacing protests: police
IOL News 17 October 2013

Malamulele - Criminal activity is replacing demarcation protests in Malamulele, Limpopo police said on Thursday.

“The current situation is real quiet, but once it becomes dark, that is when problems emerge, such as cars being stoned and shops being burned,” said Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.

“These are no longer protests. These are criminal acts being perpetrated not in the Malamulele CBD but in adjoining areas. That is the situation.”

He said it was quiet in Malamulele on Thursday afternoon.

On Wednesday, small groups of protesters blocked roads and burned tyres.

On Tuesday, almost 20,000 residents went on the rampage after the demarcation board did not grant them a meeting to demand their own municipality, Mulaudzi said at the time.

The residents burnt down a government building and shops during the violent protest.

“We are happy with the police deployment in the area. We are guarding all the government buildings,” he said.

“What we want to point out is the fact that as the law enforcement agency of this country, we are going to act against anyone that is going to transgress the law.”

Police had received information that a gathering was planned for Friday and over the weekend at the stadium in Malamulele. Due process needed to be followed, Mulaudzi said.

“The proper application needs to be made for the gathering to take place,” he said.

“We haven't received any indication from them, and as such we want to give them a stern warning that we will not tolerate any gathering in Malamulele that does not follow due process.”

If a meeting was attempted without due process being followed on Friday or over the weekend, police would make sure such a gathering did not take place, he said.

Situation tense in Malamulele
IOL News 18 October 2013

Johannesburg - Malamulele police were bracing themselves for further protests over a demarcation dispute in the north-eastern Limpopo town on Friday.

Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said police were still monitoring the situation and were aware residents planned to hold a meeting later in the day.

“We don't know whether they still plan on holding the meeting or not but it will not happen because it has not been 'okayed' by the municipality,” said Mulaudzi.

He said the meeting would be a violation of the Gatherings Act.

“If they had received permission from the municipality, police and people from health care would have also been told to go there. We have received no letter of application,” he said.

Around 20 000 residents went on the rampage earlier in the week after the municipal demarcation board did not grant them a meeting in which they planned to demand their own municipality.

The protesters burnt down a government building and shops during the protest.

On Thursday, 65 people appeared in the Malamulele Magistrate's Court on charges of public violence.

They were denied bail, and their case would continue on October 24. -

Malamulele protests continue
IOL News 16 October 2013

Malamulele - Small groups of protesters blocked roads and burned tyres in Malamulele on Wednesday, Limpopo police said.

“The situation is calm, although it is still a bit tense, but it's not as critical as before,” Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said.

“There are small pockets of young protesters blocking the roads with an assortment of stones and burning tyres, but we are dealing with them.”

On Tuesday, almost 20 000 residents went on the rampage after the demarcation board did not grant them a meeting to demand their own municipality, Mulaudzi said.

The residents burnt down a government building and shops during the violent protest.

Mulaudzi said police were monitoring the situation on Wednesday and had deployed more police to patrol in the evening.

“During the night is when most of these youngsters take advantage, so we 1/8are 3/8 bringing in more members to come and assist,” he said.

Government buildings in the area were being guarded.

Protesters burn government building
IOL News 15 October 2013

Residents of Malamulele in Limpopo burnt down a government building and shops during a violent demarcation protest on Tuesday, the provincial police said.

“Almost 20 000 residents went on a rampage after a meeting to demand their own municipality was not acceded to by the demarcation board this morning,” said Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.

“The residents ran amok, looting shops. The Malamulele crossing complex, and the home affairs office, and shops at the Mala plaza were burnt down.”

Stones and burning tyres were used to block roads. Forty people were arrested for public violence. They were expected to appear in the Malamulele Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

Limpopo provincial commissioner Lt-Gen Fannie Masemola warned residents not to take the law into their own hands.

“When community members have complaints, they must not resort to any violent means and destroying of property. We will not hesitate to take action to bring the perpetrators to book,” he said.

Diepsloot girls’ murder suspect on the run
IOL News 16 October 2013

Johannesburg - The net is closing on the man believed to have raped and murdered two toddlers in Diepsloot after the community found bloodstained children’s clothing, a nappy and a used condom in his shack just metres away from where the girls’ bodies were found.

However, the suspect – who police believe might be linked to another little girl’s murder last month – was on the run at the time of publication.

He had disappeared before the community raided his shack.

The bodies of the Mali cousins, two-year-old Yonelisa and three-year-old Zandile, were found in a communal toilet in Extension 1 early on Tuesday.

Major-General Oswald Reddy, the cluster commander for the Honeydew area, said at the scene on Tuesday that the toddlers had been mutilated and it appeared as though they had been raped too.

“The main suspect we have in mind is on the run,” Reddy said in Wednesday morning.

Reddy said four people had been arrested and taken in for questioning from the shacks surrounding the suspect’s shack but their possible involvement was unclear.

“It’s highly unlikely they wouldn’t have seen anything,” Reddy said.

The people taken in for questioning would also undergo DNA testing to “see if they can be linked (to the murders)”, Reddy added.

Meanwhile, SA National Civic Organisation’s deputy chairwoman, Lizzy Chauke said she did not know how the community had identified the suspect’s shack, nor did she have more details about him, but that they had found his passport.

Reddy thanked the community for supplying them with this information. “That’s where the breakthrough came from,” he said.

On Wednesday, Zandile’s mother, Sisanda, said:

“She was playing. I was at the shop (when she was snatched)”.

Police informed Sisanda’s older sister Thokozani, that her daughter Yonelisa and her niece had been murdered.

The cousins’ bodies were found less than 100m from the home in which Anelise Mkhondo, five, was snatched last month.

Her body was found a few days later in a rubbish heap nearby. No arrest had been made in connection with her murder but police said on Wednesday they had linked the docket with the latest murders. “We suspect that it might be a serial killer involved,” said Reddy at the scene.

A specialised criminal psychology unit from the national police office has been assigned to the investigation, according to the Gauteng police spokesman Brigadier Neville Malila.

Meanwhile, protests and looting erupted in Diepsloot after the grisly discovery of the bodies.

Reddy said that the looting was the result of “criminal elements that take advantage” of the situation but that the area was calm on Wednesday morning.

High police presence in Bekkersdal
IOL News 16 October 2013

Johannesburg - Police were monitoring the area of Bekkersdal near Westonaria on Wednesday following a violent service delivery protest, said Gauteng police.

Constable Thembi Masango said the area was quiet at around 9am.

“Things are still quiet but we have a high police presence,” she said.

Thirty-five people were arrested for public violence during the protests on Tuesday.

It was unclear when they would appear in court.

Protesters threw stones at the local police station, damaging three police vehicles and a disaster management vehicle.

Police also found that a petrol bomb had been thrown at the station, said Masango.

On Wednesday, the Democratic Alliance said Bekkersdal residents were frustrated as the Westonaria municipality was failing to deliver proper services.

DA MPL Fred Nel said although they condemned violent protests, they understood the frustration of the Bekkersdal community.

This was not the first protest held in the area this year.

“The ANC-governed Westonaria municipality is one of the two worst performing municipalities in Gauteng. The other being neighbouring Randfontein, which will soon be merged with Westonaria as indicated by the Municipal Demarcation Board,” said Nel.

He said merging the troubled municipalities would not have a positive outcome.

“(It) will only worsen their problems and the frustration of residents,” he said.

He called on Gauteng's local government MEC Ntombi Mekgwe to investigate the managerial problems in the area. - Sapa

Cops, residents clash in Bekkersdal
IOL News 16 October 2013

What began as a peaceful protest on Tuesday turned into a violent battle between police and residents of Bekkersdal, west of Joburg.

Rubber bullets were fired as residents embarked on their third service delivery protest since September.

Roads were barricaded with rocks, blocks of concrete, trees and burning tyres. Police Hippos roamed the streets, and wherever they would find a crowd, regardless of whether residents were armed with rocks or not, fired at them with rubber bullets.

Protesters threw stones at the Bekkersdal police station, damaging three police vehicles and a disaster management vehicle.

A petrol bomb was thrown at the station, said Constable Thembi Masango.

Twenty-seven people were arrested for public violence, police said.

Residents said they were tired of empty promises. There was zero service delivery in the area, they said.

“It will only end when they give us what we want… We are tired of being beggars in our own town,” said Mbulelo Koyana, a member of the Greater Westonaria Concerned Residents Association.

By midday, 20 people had been injured by rubber bullets – four seriously.

Residents had planned to march to the Westonaria municipal offices where they were to deliver a memorandum calling for the municipality to fall under administration with immediate effect, said Wonder Modise, one of the association’s leaders.

Poor service delivery in general, with the sewerage system being a key issue, sparked the protest. Other concerns included projects that were undertaken by the municipality but never completed.

“All councillors must resign with immediate effect regardless of which party they fall under,” said Koyana.

He said they had exhausted all avenues and had not received any answers.

“The local municipality failed to respond, and district told us they had no power to deal with the demands. They are playing delaying tactics,” Koyana said.

Later in the afternoon, residents burnt the local hall and looted shops.

They said theirs had been a peaceful protest until police provoked them by shooting at them with rubber bullets.

The residents’ association had met with residents on Monday to discuss a potential march to the Westonaria municipal office, and the police had also attended.

“Why didn’t they stop us then? They knew it was going to be a peaceful march. All we wanted to do was meet in a public space and get feedback for our demands. Police went out of control. We tried to speak to them but could not reach consensus,” said Modise.

“They went with us to the main street of Kgomoyahlaba and then told us we could not pass… they did not want these issues to be addressed,” he said.

The Westonaria Local Municipality condemned the violent protests, saying “people who destroy public properties are reversing the gains of democracy,” said spokesman Kgabane Madiehe.

He said the municipality was prepared to engage with the residents to resolve the matter. – Additional reporting by Sapa

Tshepisong residents protest
IOL News 16 October 2013

Pretoria - Impala Road near Protea in Soweto had to be closed on Wednesday morning after Tshepisong residents protested and burnt tyres, Johannesburg metro police said.

“The situation was getting out of hand and dangerous for motorists to drive through, officers had to close the road,” said spokesman Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar.

He advised motorists to use Ontdekkers road and the N12.

It was not immediately known why they were protesting. - Sapa

Protesters mob Flippie defendant
Keiran Legg 14 October 2013

Cape Town - Flippie Engelbrecht’s supporters shouted at Wilhelm Treurnicht’s friends and family as they left court in Worcester on Monday morning.

Outside protesters danced, holding up signs saying “Johnny B Violent”.

Moments earlier, Treurnicht, the Rietvallei farm manager charged with assaulting Engelbrecht in 2008 - allegedly leaving the farm worker’s son, then 15, blind and suffering from epilepsy -appeared in court.

The case had been moved to Worcester Regional Court from Ashton Magistrate’s Court, with the National Prosecuting Authority citing security reasons.

A previous court appearance had seen police use a smoke grenade to disperse a crowd of protesters as Treurnicht and his co-accused, wine estate owner Johnny Burger, entered.

Burger later committed suicide, leaving Treurnicht alone in the dock today. The farm manager, dressed in a cream jacket and khaki pants, stood passively in the dock.

The case was postponed until December 4 and 5.

While his appearance was over in just under five minutes, outside the farm manager was hounded by protesters wearing “hands off Flippie” T-shirts.

As the farm manager drove away, his car was flanked by friends and family to protect it from protesters.
Cape Argus

Another day of free parking
Daneel Knoetze 15 October 2013

Cape Town - As the CBD’s parking marshals enter the second day of a protected strike, motorists are likely to have another day of free parking in the city centre.

Striking marshals said on Monday they had a 100 percent buy-in from their colleagues to support the strike.

The marshals fell out with their employer, Street Parking Solutions, last month. Some had lodged a complaint with the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) saying SPS had not adhered to an employment contract signed in 2009. They claim they are each owed 23.5 percent of their earnings for the company for each day that they reached their daily income targets.

These targets amount to about R500 000 a week.

SPS owner Zunade Loghdey has refused to comment on the dispute. The city, which contracted SPS to manage on-street parking, said it was an internal labour dispute being dealt with under the auspices of the CCMA.

Following allegations of unlawful employment practices by SPS the city had again requested a report from the Department of Labour.

At the time of going to print the department had not reported back to the city or responded to the Cape Argus’s queries.

Rubber bullets fired at Free State students
IOL News 9 October 2013

Welkom - Police fired rubber bullets at Goldfields Further Education Training students who stoned them and broke college windows on Wednesday, said Free State police.

They arrested 27 of them for public violence and malicious damage to property, Captain Stephen Thakeng said.

He said college management called the police about an illegal gathering by students, who were breaking windows.

When the police arrived students threw stones and empty bottles at their cars. Police used rubber bullets when they refused to disperse.

Police were monitoring the situation on Wednesday afternoon.

Limpopo varsity calm after protests
IOL News 11 October 2013

Turfloop - The situation at the University of Limpopo's Turfloop campus was quiet and under control after a wave of protests, police said on Friday.

“We are still monitoring the situation, but it is very quiet,” Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said.

On Thursday, police used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse a group of protesters at the university.

Mulaudzi said the protest started on Wednesday night, and continued into Thursday morning.

“Some of the protesters stoned vehicles and blocked the entrances to the university. We had to bring in reinforcements to assist local police,” he said.

Twelve students were arrested and charged with public violence. They would appear in the Mankweng Magistrate's Court soon.

Mulaudzi said the protests were sparked by a dispute over Student Representative Council (SRC) elections.

“Different student bodies were fighting among themselves but we cannot allow students to take matters into their own hands and destroy public property,” Mulaudzi said. - Sapa

Rubber bullets at Limpopo campus
IOL News 10 October 2013

Mankweng - Rubber bullets and tear gas were used to disperse a group of protesters at the University of Limpopo's Turfloop campus on Thursday, police said.

Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said the protest started on Wednesday night, and continued into Thursday morning.

“Some of the protesters stoned vehicles and blocked the entrances to the university. We had to bring in reinforcements to assist local police,” he said.

“The main aim was to open the entrances, and as the police were moving (to enter the university), we were pelted with stones. We used minimal force and used rubber bullets and tear gas.”

Mulaudzi said police eventually managed to enter the university and the situation was “brought under control”.

Twelve students were arrested and charged with public violence. They would appear in the Mankweng Magistrate's Court soon.

Mulaudzi said police were still trying to ascertain the reason for the protest.

Taxi strike leaves commuters stranded
IOL News 10 October 2013

KwaMhlanga, Mpumalanga - Hundreds of commuters between Mpumalanga and Gauteng have been left stranded following a stoppage by taxi operators, a Sapa correspondent reported on Thursday.

The Marapyane, Makata and Simunye taxi association stopped all trips between Marapyane village, outside KwaMhlanga, and Pretoria on Wednesday.

In a protest against the rival taxi association, Central Top 11, which they want to leave the area, they blocked the road between Pankop and Hammanskraal, but allowed buses and private vehicles passage.

“We don't make enough money anymore. The roads are empty and Central Top 11's being in the area is really killing us financially,” said the three associations' spokesman Jerry Maoka.

The three associations have about 900 minibus taxis that ferry commuters from nine villages between Lefiso and Pankop.

Maoka said their differences with Central Top 11 started in 2010, but calmed when the provincial roads and transport department intervened.

He said Central Top 11 refused to share commuters with other associations operating in the area.

“Central Top 11 should offload passengers in our local ranks where local taxis will transport them into villages, but instead, they shoot straight to town and this leaves us broke. They must either work with us or leave our area,” said Maoka.

Central Top 11 secretary John Tseke said his association was trying to resolve the problem as soon as possible.

“We are in a meeting as we speak trying to resolve all the thorny issues,” he said.

Commuter Tumi Motau said the stoppage had to end.

“What is happening here is really bad. We hope whatever they are fighting for is resolved so that our lives can go back to normal.”

Sergeant Hastings Chaane said the police were monitoring the situation.

“It has been peaceful so far. We will continue monitoring the situation until it has been resolved,” he said.

Video: Ratanda residents march against racism
IOL News 9 October 2013

Angry Ratanda residents call for the dismissal of two teachers

Massive billboards mock ANC, e-tolls
IOL News 4 October 2013

Johannesburg - Three massive billboards mocking the ruling ANC and e-tolls have been anonymously erected on Johannesburg highways, The New Age reported on Friday.

The billboards state: “E-tolls. Proudly brought to you by the ANC.”

The structures are owned by outdoor media company vanTill Outdoor, but it would not divulge who the client is, saying a confidentiality agreement had been signed.

ANC spokesman Jackson Mthembu told the newspaper: “I can tell you it is definitely not us that is behind the billboards. The ANC would have branded it with the logo and ANC colours if it was us.”

The billboards have been erected on the N3 and N1 highways. - Sapa

A bomb was found outside the Westonaria
Nonkululeko Mathebula 2 October 2013

Authorities have confirmed that a bomb was planted outside the Westonaria Local Municipality building on 28 September.

The bomb was made up of water gel blasting catridges and shock tubes, and was expected to blow up the entire building. However, authorities cannot confirm at this point whether this was an effort to destabilise the municipality.

According to Westonaria Local Municipality Executive Mayor Nonkoliso Tundzi, fortunately a security officer stationed at the building spotted the explosives and immediately notified the police and the West Rand Explositve Unit who rushed to the premises and deactivated it.

"The council is shocked and outraged at the planting of a bomb outside our offices.

"Should the bomb have denoted, it would have destroyed the building and injured or killed people who were at work.

"People need to know that such actions do not have a place in a democratic country like ours and we will not tolerate it.

"This is a pure criminal act," says Tundzi.

Investigations into the incident are under way and Tundzi is adamant that the long arm of the law will catch up with those responsible.

Meanwhile, the Herald can confirm that this follows a string of recent protest actions where residents vowed to intensify their efforts in a bid to have Tundzi replaced.

On 27 September the Herald was informed that residents were planning to disrupt the annual Go West! festival, however, no disruptions were recorded at the event.

Westonaria SAPS spokesperson Thembi Masango has confirmed the botched bombing incident and says that no arrests have been made thus far.
Watch this space as the story develops.

Pump jockeys return to work
IOL News 30 September 2013

TODAY more than 1 000 petrol attendants in the province are returning to work, ending a three-week strike after securing a 11.6 percent pay rise.

“This is a victory, given the 7.5 percent offered by motor bosses at the point of deadlock,” National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) secretary-general Irvin Jim said.

Petrol attendants have accepted 11.6 percent for 2013/14, 9 percent for 2014/15 and 9 percent for 2015/16. They will earn R2 more on their hourly rate of R17.16, taking the minimum wage to R3 448 from R3 088 this financial year.

Numsa’s provincial organiser, Roger Piedt, said workers were glad to head back to work with slightly improved pay.

“We stuck to our mandate of getting workers a double-digit wage increase. Although the double-digit wage increase is only for the first year, workers will be going home with more money in their pockets at the end of the month.

“There is also greater respect between the unions and employer associations.”

Piedt said they had decided to scrap other demands.

“Rome was not built in a day. We will work on those demands in the future and for sure get it.”

Numsa also secured an income protection fund for workers to ensure they receive “some remuneration” when a service station underwent construction upgrades, Piedt said.

Fuel Retailers Association chief executive Reggie Sibiya said: “The intervention by the Labour Minister (Mildred Oliphant) brought us together and sort of forced us to meet each other halfway. She challenged us as employers to increase our offer and the union to lower their demands.”

Asked whether the strike had been worthwhile, Sibiya said: “No, because there is little improvement in the salary of workers. The time spent negotiating was a waste and the work time lost will never be made up.”

Sibiya challenged Numsa to consider increasing productivity when fighting for wage increases.

“We still have challenges where productivity is concerned. I think with every wage increase there should be an increase in productivity. The unions never seem to address this, yet they have huge demands.”

But the strike continues in other sectors of the motor industry, component manufacturers, truck body and trailer builders, panel beaters, spares shops, car and parts dealerships, as Numsa has rejected a 10 percent wage offer.

Retail Motor Industry spokesman Jakkie Olivier said talks would continue with Numsa.

Woman shot dead at Cato Manor protest
IOL News 30 September 2013

Durban - A woman was shot and killed and another injured in a housing protest in Cato Manor in Durban on Monday, KwaZulu-Natal police said.

Colonel Jay Naicker said residents blocked Bellair Road around 4am and a police vehicle was called to the scene to disperse the crowd.

The vehicle could not get through and used an alternative side road.

“About 500 people surrounded the vehicle. They started stoning the vehicle and broke all the windows. The suspects then tried to pull the police out of the vehicle,” Naicker said.

“They heard gunshots among the crowd. They fired shots into the crowd and the crowd dispersed... they used lived rounds. They definitely would have been killed by the crowd (otherwise).”

The vehicle left the area.

Police returned to the scene a while later and found a young woman had been shot. She died on the scene.

Mnikelo Ndabankulu, spokesman for shackdweller movement Abahlali baseMjondolo, said the woman was Nqobile Nzuzua, a 17-year-old from Maphumulo.

Another woman was shot and injured. She was taken to hospital.

“Members of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate were called to the scene. They opened a docket of public violence and one of murder,” Naicker said.

Ndabankulu said the protest was centred on the non-delivery of houses to the area.

They submitted their grievances to various ministers and municipalities on June 16, and allegedly had yet to receive a response.

Ndabankulu said the lack of response had angered their branches and many members had decided that they were not being listened to if they protested peacefully.

He said he had no knowledge of the attack on the police vehicle.

He claimed their secretary, Bandile Mdlalose, was arrested on Monday morning.

Naicker said the crowd dispersed before any arrests could be made.

Ethekwini municipality spokesman Thabo Mafokeng said he was aware of a meeting that took place with Abahlali baseMjondolo on Friday.

He could not provide further comment at this stage on the housing issue. - Sapa

Mooiplaats marchers ‘fed up with lies’
Valeska Abreu 1 October 2013

SAPS members clear barricades erected by protesters at the entrance to the Mooiplaats informal settlement. Photo: Phill Magakoe

Pretoria - Wielding an assortment of home-made weapons, including pangas, thousands of infuriated residents of the Mooiplaats informal settlement on Monday displayed their frustrations on the R55, barricading the road with rocks and burning tyres, protesting against their eviction and lack of services in the dirt-strewn veld.

Police used rubber bullets to disperse the angry mob who had shown no sign of backing down.

Officers in nyalas, accompanied by metro police and private security, kept an eye on the demonstrators.

Residents say that almost 20 years after democracy, the ANC-led municipality and government have failed them with constant lies and no action to back their promises.

“We got them into power with exactly the same acts of burning tyres and protesting and that is what we will do to get them out,” said a community leader who declined to be named.

He said the municipality planned to evict them from the land which many have called home for years, and place them on a stretch of veld close to Rooihuiskraal.

Angry residents of Mooiplaats informal settlement take to the streets to protest against possibly having to move. Photo: Phill Magakoe

Pretoria News
On Monday, the Pretoria News was only allowed into the settlement in the company of an Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF) member, who had come to address the masses on behalf of Julius Malema, whom the community called on for guidance.

The dirty roads into the settlement were also barricaded with massive rocks and stones.

Thick black smoke ascended into the air from burning objects such as tyres, rubbish and trees, aimed at preventing police from entering the area.

Within minutes almost 3 000 of the estimated 12 000 residents descended on the Pretoria News team, each wanting their voice heard.

Community leader Rabie Ndlovu said residents were concerned that the municipality was refusing to pay the owner of the land, believed to be a British national, for his land, a move that would allow the squatters to continue living there.

“The owner of this land wants his land back and that will mean we have to leave, but he has given the municipality the opportunity to buy the land from him but they don’t want to.

“How can this ANC government tell me they have no money to pay for land for their people? They think this is a game,” Ndlovu said.

According to him, mixed messages from the municipality over the years have only complicated the situation.

“One minute they say they have paid for the land, then they say they are busy with court processes.

“Then it’s another story that they are not going to buy the land because it is a dolomite area so they cannot build here. So what is the real story? We don’t care, we just want them to pay for the land so we can continue to live here.”

Ndlovu said that despite the fact that the private owner of the land had called for them to be removed, they will not go.

“We have been here for many years. We are not going anywhere. The land they want to move us to in Rooihuiskraal is far too small, and then we must move and continue suffering without services.”

Ndlovu claimed the municipality had previously made promises of RDP houses and water and sanitation, but this never materialised.

“They (ANC) make all these promises when it’s elections, but here we are 20 years later with no water, no electricity and not even a proper roof over our heads. This is how this government treats its people,” Ndlovu said.

On Monday afternoon residents gathered at one of the entrances to the settlement and said they would not leave until a representative from the municipality had addressed them.

The crowd later dispersed in the belief that a representative would address them on Tuesday afternoon.

“If they don’t come, we will go to the streets again. We don’t want to fight and be violent, why can’t they just give us what we want and all of this will be resolved.

“We will fight until we get an answer,” Ndlovu said.

Police spokeswoman Lieutenant-Colonel Katlego Mogale said police would continue monitoring the situation. Efforts to get comment from the council were fruitless.

Cops monitor Mooiplaas protest
IOL News 30 September 2013

Johannesburg - Traffic is flowing freely again on the R55 in Pretoria West after protesters blocked the road earlier on Monday, Gauteng police said.

Residents of Mooiplaas informal settlement blocked the road with burning tyres and rocks, said Lt-Col Katlego Mogale.

“Police are now monitoring the situation in the area. No arrests have been made yet,” said Mogale.

The protest was believed to have been related to service delivery grievances.

Lili leads protest over land and sanitation
IOL News 30 September 2013

Cape Town - Marchers from informal settlements across the Cape Flats gathered in the CBD on Monday morning for a march on the provincial legislature.

The protest was led by former ANC ward councillor Andile Lili, who has co-ordinated a number of faeces attacks across the city this year. Lili claims to be campaigning for better sanitation for residents of informal settlement

. However, the DA has accused him of using the protests to destabilise the province ahead of next year’s elections.

“Today we are converging the issues of sanitation and land. We will hand over a memorandum to the Department of Human Settlements,” Lili said.

“It calls for vacant tracts of land near Rondebosch to be made available for housing (for people who live in shacks on the Cape Flats wetlands).”

Mayor Patricia de Lille’s spokesman Solly Malatsi said the city had been informed about the march.

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