Monday, September 2, 2013

And the C-H-A-O-S continues…

SABC News reports:

There is chaos at Malamulele near Thohoyandou in Limpopo after a municipal demarcation protest turned violent. Several vehicles and offices have been burnt down, roads blockaded and some retail shops looted.

Residents are demanding to be separated from the Thulamela municipality and to have their own municipality.

Seven vehicles, including a gallion and a truck, were burnt at a government satellite office at Malamulele. The offices have also been burnt down. Houses belonging to staff have also been burnt and windows broken.

Some retail shops have also been looted. Thousands of protesters have blocked all the roads leading to Malamulele, including the Punda Maria road that leads to the Kruger National Park.

No motorists are allowed to drive through the area. Police are being out-numbered by the protesters. [Source]

Image snapshot from the above video
Isaac Nyukeri - Community Leader?

The latest hooligan behaviour by residents is said to have been sparked by a lack of service delivery in the area, nepotism and alleged corruption in the Thulamela Municipality. See media report here for more details... Not the full story but close.


Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Here's the MunicipalIQ stats for major service-delivery protests since 2004. Its risen from 10 in 2004 to 173 in 2012

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

@Anon - thanks for posting this!

whiteson said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Good to see your posting again TIA. Always good to read your great stuff. Yes, this kind of protests escalated remarkably. But next year these "unhappy ones" order a next 5 years of unhappiness by voting for the ANC again. They will never make out what is right and vote for some other party. But the looting is the main attraction. What no one understand is why loot EDGARS/ Where do they fit into this non delivery of municipal services?

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