Violent protest flares up in Walmer township

 GIVE THEM BACK: Angry Walmer township residents demand the return of their illegal electricity connections. Picture: EUGENE COETZEE
GIVE THEM BACK: Angry Walmer township residents demand the return of their illegal electricity connections. Picture: EUGENE COETZEE

HUNDREDS of shack dwellers went on the rampage, blockading roads, stoning cars and clashing with police after municipal workers cut off their illegal electricity connections in Port Elizabeth’s Walmer township yesterday.

A woman was injured when police opened fire with rubber bullets to quell the violent protest, while a car-wash was set alight and a ward councillor’s office attacked.

However, following a brief meeting with municipal officials last night it was decided to put the protests on hold until community leaders met with the municipal management today.

The so-called “izinyoka” connections – wired to residents’ electricity boxes and main power sources – cost the city R93-million in the past nine months and claimed another life this week after a three-year-old Missionvale child was electrocuted. – Alvené du Plessis, Riaan Marais and Yoliswa Sobuwa

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5 thoughts on “Violent protest flares up in Walmer township

  • May 17, 2014 at 6:01 pm
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    Witness! Excellent comment! Dead right!

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  • May 16, 2014 at 2:37 pm
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    I recorded what happened from Villiers road on my way home…I remember seeing one of the police riot trucks just standing there a few meters from the mob burnings things in the road…I remember thinking WHY on earth are the police not dispersing the mob? Why dont they call the fire trucks in to hose down the fires and spray the people, instead they just let them destroy. It makes no sense, so while they are destroying things us tax payers are the ones who suffer because all this damage will be paid out of our tax money, all this electricity stolen gets paid by someone. Whats the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a change….These animals are all insane, YOU voted this government in power, the same government who you know has stolen money from the public…now you expect a change…now there are protests, damage to property, and you ‘fantastic’ president who you believe deserves another term is busy planning a R120 million inauguration ceremony. How many houses could that build? How many years of electricity could that provide for free?…idiots

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  • May 16, 2014 at 2:12 pm
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    none of you deserve to get free electricity. it has always been a resource that has to be paid for. this sence of entitlement that abounds these days astonishes me. i have always worked for what i want and paid my own way. i am sure that many of these people who are now destroying what does not belong to them voted this gouvernment back into power. they are to stupid to learn fron the mistakes of the past. suck it up we have to. what makes you lot so speacial. Dallas

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  • May 16, 2014 at 8:39 am
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    Along the lines of what Mike said.

    The last time when there was unrest, Tokyo Sexwale came down and made all promises of intervention, including a task team headed by no less than Winnie Mandela. And what happened? Nothing, zero, zip.

    We have just had an election. People of Walmer Township, you elected the same mob. A week later and this riot starts. And you misdirect your anger at all the wrong people, burning private property, putting the innocent at risk. It’s unfair and it’s stupid. Get yourselves some community leaders (not a politician) with a moral compass and a desire to serve the community, and target the people who are supposed to fulfill the promises that were made to you.

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  • May 16, 2014 at 7:56 am
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    The government needs to sort this mess out. They have started it by promising everything for free. Any body with a brain cell will realize that it costs money to generate electricty and therefore the service has to be paid for.
    Bring the army in and remove the radicals that are stirring up the other people.
    Remove all illegal connections.
    Otherwise, we also want free electricity. We can burn everything in site just as easily as these residents do.

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