Emeute à Mamelodi (Pretoria) – 9 mars 2010

World Cup could be disrupted by violent housing protests

telegraph.co.uk

Township dwellers in South Africa have threatened to disrupt this summer’s World Cup with violent protests against their squalid living conditions.

10 Mar 2010

The government has faced repeated riots over its failure to provide proper homes for millions of people, nearly 16 years after the advent of democracy.

Now squatters are vowing to cause chaos as the global spotlight falls on the host nation when the month-long tournament kicks off in June.

Police could be forced to flood high-risk zones to protect foreign fans from demonstrations which commonly involve the throwing of stones and burning tyres.

The latest threats came on Tuesday in Mamelodi East, a sprawling area of shacks where thousands live without electricity or running water five miles from 2010 host city Pretoria.

Vusi Nkosi, one of the camp’s 6,000 squatters, told South Africa’s Beeld newspaper: « If the government could spend millions of rands and prepare for the World Cup so quickly, it’s a disgrace that people are still living in squalor in squatter camps.

« The soccer means nothing to us because we won’t be able to watch it anyway, since we don’t have electricity. »

Locals have also threatened to lash out in front of World Cup visitors with aggressive foot stamping and singing previously used by freedom fighters in the African National Congress party (ANC) before Nelson Mandela led them to victory in 1994.

Mr Nkosi added: « This time we will fight and toyi-toyi like the ANC taught us. »

Mamelodi is around 40 miles from Soccer City, the World Cup flagship stadium in Johannesburg where the opening match and final will be played.

The government has budgeted £113m for security during the Fifa event, with millions also being channelled into new stadiums, roads, airports and tourist accommodation.

Shack dwellers who have endured more than a decade of democratic rule without decent housing are livid that their needs have been overshadowed by the football spectacular.

Riots have also recently erupted in townships surrounding Brits, a town near host city Rustenburg where England will play their first match against the USA.

At the scene of Tuesday’s protests, Veronica Mphahlele, the Mamelodi community leader, hit out at the government for promising deprived families permanent homes and land of their own in 2000.

She said: « It’s 10 years later and we’re still in the same position. All they do is send police to come and shoot at us. »

The Mamelodi protests prompted a nearby campus of the University of Pretoria to close its doors, students said.

Officers opened fire with rubber bullets, a routine form of control over protesters who blockade roads and force public buildings to close.

Kgaogelo Lekgoro, the provincial housing minister, reacted to the demonstration by repeating a government pledge that 5,000 houses would be built over the next three years.

Around 450,000 foreign fans are expected to travel to South Africa for the World Cup, 25,000 of them from England.

MaMamelodi residents use violence to send message to metro

rekord.co.za

10 03 2010

Angry residents of Mamelodi East took to the streets to protest against corruption and the Tshwane metro’s failure to deliver basic services.

The illegal march, which was accompanied by violence and crime, started on Monday night right through to Tuesday midday in various Mamelodi streets including Hans Strijdom Drive, Hector Peterson Street and Tshamaya Road.

Residents burnt tires and other items in the roads and looted nearby tuck shops.

At the corner of Hans Strijdom Drive and Hector Peterson Street, they also stopped and looted a truck, which was on its way to deliver stock to one of the outlets at Mahube centre.

The police, armed with rifles to fire rubber bullets, had to work hard to disperse the protesters.

The protesters ran away when rubber bullets were fired but within minutes stormed back again which made the police’s task extremely difficult.

Geelboy Sikhosana, a resident, says they want the land named Stoffel Park today, as the Tshwane metro promised to give it to them.

“There is a man with the name of Stoffel who is allegedly selling stands for R2 500 each at this land while we are waiting in vain to occupy it,” says Geelboy.

He accuses the metro of scheming behind their backs and working with people who sells stands.

Geelboy claimed the metro seems reluctant in taking actions against people occupying Stoffel Park,

“We protest because we realised they do not understand peaceful dialog,” he says.

In another issue, which is also part of the protest, he says people who were new in the area of Phumolong, occupying the area reserved for a train station, have been moved to RDP houses in Nellmapius.

“It is not fair for new people in Phumolong to get houses while there are people who have been without houses for years,” says Geelboy.

Absalom Boroto, a community leader, says residents want the minister of human settlement, Tokyo Sexwale, to come and see how unfairly the department of housing in the metro treats people.

“We do not want promises any more we want action,

“Children also joined in the march by because they are tied of sharing a room with their parents,” says Boroto.

Mamelodi West’s police spokesperson, Captain Johannes Maheso, who was at the scene confirmed that one of the state vehicles was damaged.

“Protestors threw stones at the police but none was injured,” says Capt Maheso.

Three people were arrested for public violence and will appear before the Mamelodi Magistrate’s Court soon.

Sizwe Mthethwa, ward 17’s councillor, says they will hold a meeting with relevant stakeholders including the metro, community leaders and provincial officials at Mamelodi East police station on Tuesday, with the aim of resolving the issue.

“We reached a point of mutual understanding and the situation has calmed down.

“We will brief residents about the issue to give them clarity and a way forward on Friday,” says Cllr Mthethwa.

However he revealed that the council is fighting a court order against Stoffel and blamed him of invading the land Stoffel Park for commercial purposes.

“The name of the area is not Stoffel Park, it is Extension 15 and belongs to the council,” says Cllr Mthethwa.

He says the area is reserved for development

Cllr Mthethwa acknowledged that there are people in the Phumong area who have to move to Nellmapius but says no one has move yet.

Mamelodi East Police spokesperson, Inspector Michael Mbewe, confirmed that Stoffel was arrest in December for fraud.

“Stoffel invaded the land last year,” says Insp Mbewe.

Mamelodi calm after protests

news24.com

2010-03-10

Pretoria – The situation in Mamelodi East in Pretoria was quiet on Wednesday morning following violent protests, police said.

« The police are still monitoring the situation but it has been quiet since yesterday [Tuesday] afternoon, » said Captain Johannes Maheso.

On Tuesday, City of Tshwane spokesperson Console Tleane said protesters fired live ammunition at firemen, pelted police with stones and barricaded several roads in Mamelodi East.

The protests were apparently related to residents’ impatience about a backlog in government housing.

Residents in Hammanskraal also protested on Monday night, but this was contained just before midnight.

Tleane said the same happened near Hebron, and was also contained.

Another protest took place in Soshanguve on Monday with residents of Extension 10 complaining of government’s slow housing process.

Protesters fire on cops and firefighters

iol.co.za

March 09 2010

Protesters fired live ammunition at firemen, pelted police with stones and barricaded roads in Mamelodi East, the city of Tshwane said on Tuesday.

« The situation is very tense, » said spokesman Console Tleane.

He said the protests started around 8pm on Monday and were still continuing by 8am on Tuesday morning.

« Protesting residents burnt tyres and other items and barricaded roads. Tshwane metro police and (the SA Police Service) who were called to the scene were pelted with stones, » said Tleane.

« Tshwane fire brigade services personnel could not completely put out the fires as they also came under attack and there were running battles all over.

« Some protesters fired live ammunition. »

He said the protest action was led by residents of Phomolong and that several streets, including Tsamaya road at the corner of Mabena street, and Hans Strydom road at the corner of Hector Peterson street, had been barricaded.

« It is anticipated that motorists and other commuters may find difficulty going to work especially in the affected areas. »

There was also protest action in Hammanskraal on Monday night, but that was contained just before midnight.

« The same happened near Hebron which was also contained. Last night’s protests followed earlier ones in Soshanguve on Monday morning.

« Metro police and SAPS stations in the affected areas are on high alert and will do everything in their power to bring the situation to normal. » –

Sapa Police monitor volatile Mamelodi

eyewitnessnews.co.za

9 03 2010

Police were keeping a close eye on Mamelodi, east of Pretoria, on Wednesday morning following violent protests in the area.

Locals showed their fury over unresolved housing issues by trashing roads and looting.

Meetings between prominent community members and council officials got underway on Tuesday to address the residents’ concerns.

The residents vowed to intensify their protests if the meetings didn’t provide acceptable resolutions.

They claimed to have waited eight years for land promised to them by the Tshwane council and said their patience had run out.

However, Housing MEC Sydney Nkwashu said efforts were underway to resolve settlement matters in the city.

Mamelodi Protestors Fire Live Ammunition At Police

allafrica.com

9 March 2010

Service-Delivery protesters fired live ammunition, hurled stones at police officials and barricaded roads in Mamelodi East through the early hours of this morning.

SA Police spokesperson Captain Lungelo Mayeso from Mamelodi Police station says the situation has calmed down and protestors are being monitored, but tension remains high.

Metro police officials told Business Day that some arrests have been made for looting.

According to Console Tleane, Executive Director for Integrated Communication, Marketing and Information Services in the City of Tshwane, the protest turned violent during the night when residents of Mamelodi Phase 1 and 2 fired live ammunition at SAPS and Tshwane Metro Police personnel.

« The situation is still very tense, » said spokesman Console Tleane.

He said the protests started around 8 last night and continued this morning.

« Protesting residents burnt tyres and other items and barricaded roads. Tshwane metro police and SAPS [SA Police Service] who were called to the scene were pelted with stones, » said Tleane.

« Tshwane fire brigade services personnel could not completely put out the fires as they also came under attack and there were running battles all over.

« Some protesters fired live ammunition, » said Tleane.

He said the protest action was led by residents of Phomolong and that several streets, including Tsamaya road at the corner of Mabena street, and Hans Strydom road at the corner of Hector Peterson street, had been barricaded.

« It is anticipated that motorists and other commuters may find difficulty going to work especially in the affected areas. » There was also protest action in Hammanskraal on Monday night, but that was contained just before midnight.

« The same happened near Hebron which was also contained. Last night’s [Monday] protests followed earlier ones in Soshanguve on Monday morning.

« Metro police and SAPS stations in the affected areas are on high alert and will do everything in their power to bring the situation to normal. »

Police on high alert as protests break out

buanews.gov.za

Mar 2010

Pretoria – Commuters and motorists may have difficulty getting to work this morning following protest action in Mamelodi East, the City of Tshwane warned on Tuesday.

The City’s Communication Services Executive Director, Console Tleane, said traffic flow could be affected as residents of Phomolong, who started protesting on Monday night, barricaded some roads.

« The protests, which took place from 8pm last night saw residents barricading Tsamaya road at the corner of Mabena Street, and Hans Strydom road at the corner of Hector Peterson Street, » said Tleane.

In addition to barricading roads, protesting residents burnt tyres and other items, he said.

The Tshwane Metro Police and the South African Police Services, who were called to the scene, were pelted with stones.

« The Tshwane Fire Brigade Services personnel could not completely put out fires as they also came under attack. Some protesters fired live ammunition.

« It is anticipated that motorists and other commuters may find difficulty going to work especially in the affected areas, » he said.

Apart from Mamelodi East, Hammanskraal and Hebroen also experienced protest action which was contained last night.

« Metro Police and SAPS stations in the affected areas are on high alert and will do everything in the power to bring the situation to normal, » said Tleane. – BuaNews

~ par Alain Bertho sur 11 mars 2010.

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