Thursday, October 27, 2016

Stun Grenades and Rubber bullets were fired to disperse crowds – Cape Town

The peaceful #FeesMustFall march to Cape Town Parliament today turned violent when police and protesters clashed throughout the afternoon in the CBD. Stun Grenades and Rubber bullets were fired to disperse crowds after an incident outside parliament, prompting students to move into the streets. I followed a few groups down towards the Central Train Station, where numerous police vehicles, shops and buses were stoned.

A terrifying incident occurred at the MacDonalds, where a family sitting close to the window had to remove their son quickly as bricks and stones were hurtled at them. Police continued to disperse crowds and make arrests throughout the afternoon, unfortunately at times targeting the more peaceful protesters.

Another sad day for our Country and the #FeesMustFall movement, these actions do not speak the core of the movement, but rather indicate the desperate cry of unheard voices.

Violence is not the answer… Violence is not the answer.

All images - 
CICA South Africa/Sullivan Photography

Published on 
South Africa Today – South Africa News





South Africa - in photos - a day of protests

Three protests about the universities crisis took place at the legislature yesterday

Thousands of students marched to Parliament yesterday
By   / Groundup  
Yesterday Parliament saw three different protest at its door. By far the largest was held by the Fees Must Mall movement. Several thousand students participated in it. After marching from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) they arrived at Parliament and sang protest songs.
The day eventually took a violent turn with clashes between students and police.
Fees Must Fall Parliament
The first protest of the day started shortly before 9am. About 150 UCT staff members picketed, demanding more funding for tertiary education, and for government to intervene in the universities crisis. Pictured above is University of Cape Town (UCT) Vice-chancellor Max Price. Although the UCT executive participated in the march, it was organised by the university's staff trade unions.
Later in the day, Democratic Alliance (DA), with its affiliate the DA Students Organisation, marched to Parliament. The protesters called for universities to open, funding for poor students, and for Jacob Zuma to step down.
By 11am, hundreds if not thousands of students had already filled the grounds of CPUT. Their main demand was "free decolonised education”.
Students carried a faux coffin with a picture of Blade Nzimande on top of it.
As the march began, riot police immediately brought it to a halt. They wanted marshals in front to keep order.
Riot police steered the march, trying to keep order.
Some student protesters hitched a ride on police vehicles.
At one point, protesters and police started running.
Several thousand protesters gathered outside Parliament.
Speeches were made and students handed over a memo to the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan.
Students watched the proceedings from the top of police vehicles. Police asked them to get off numerous times, which they did. But they returned again moments later.
Students sang and danced on top of a police vehicle.
Police used fire rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse protesters. The violence started after a cardboard coffin with Blade Nzimande was set alight and thrown at police outside the gates of Parliament.
Protesting students retaliated by barricading the street and throwing rocks at police.
Riot police continued to fire rubber bullets at protesters as the chaos started to move into the city centre.
More barricades were built. These fires were quickly doused by police water cannons.
A police vehicle drove away quickly as protesters ran through streets throwing rocks at all police vehicles.
A man (presumably a police officer) pulled out a gun as protesters stoned the Caledon Square police station.
Rocks were thrown at police vehicles and buildings. Windows were broken.
Riot police continued to move slowly thorough the streets.
A protesting student wears an officer's helmet.
Police fired stun grenades to disperse protesters blocking Strand street.
Stun grenades were set off.
People hid after stun grenades went off.
A woman cried after stun grenades went off.
According to JP Smith, mayoral committee member for safety and security, six arrests have been made, four for public violence and two for assault of a police officer.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Vehicles burnt by militants at the Bellville campus

Vehicles being burnt by militants at the Bellville campus of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology during the #FeesMustFall protest.

When the country wakes up and realizes that #FeesMustFall protests are being used to destabilize the country as part of a bigger plan with #StateCapture and are not about #FreeEducation any longer then it will all make sense….and you will be terrified.


Published on  South Africa Today – South Africa News  - All images from CICA South Africa




Sunday, October 23, 2016

Meet Dennis the Menace

Meet Dennis the Menace – Another one of Nicky Falkofs followers and friends that needs his head checked.

What these people do not realize is that they are being used by politicians to create racial divide and hate with the long term goal of destabilizing the country and depreciating the ZAR so that the 100s of BILLIONS of USD in Dubai can be brought back into the country at 20-50 times the value that they were taken out at.

Can somebody PLEASE tell him that he is white.

Imagine women campaigning against themselves and starting campaigns that say #FuckWomen – would ANYONE take them seriously except extreme male chauvinists ?

Possible case of extreme insanity?

Published on  South Africa Today – South Africa News  (Images from CICA South Africa)



Dirty like hell but still smiling after an awesome arrest and recovery

Thabong and Welkom South African Polices Services held a joint operation to address robberies,
murder and the use of dangerous weapons in areas such as Phomolong , Mannys and Welkom CBD.

Members also entered underground to root out illegal immigrants and miners. Three people were arrested. The first one was found with a shotgun and ammunition and the other two were found with two 9 mm firearms and a knife.

A lot of blankets were found underground which indicates that they sleep there or its their hiding spot.

When they saw the police coming, they entered underground and the police were forced to follow suit.

Members of Welkom K9 risked their lives to enter underground so as to effect these arrests.

Published on South Africa Today  
(All images - from Police Clips and Pics - Facebook Page)





Saturday, October 15, 2016

Cleaning up Johannesburg

Herman Mashaba, the newly elected major of Johannesburg, and the Democratic Alliance (DA) are making a difference.

This photo taken on March 11, 2016 shows the state of a Johannesburg city  center street.



 Now the next photo taken on October 6, 2016 of the exact same street.

At least the DA are making a difference. 

Let us hope they continue to transform Johannesburg into a decent city again.  I think the next big project the DA should focus on is the public hospitals.   Some of the hospital are in a dreadful state.

  (Photos courtesy of Steven Smith)

Friday, October 14, 2016

State capture is a game of chance for Zuma

Zuma is now playing a very dangerous game. What is he scared of? Perhaps it is the urgency of not keeping the Russians waiting. Yes, the Russians are in town to sign the nuclear deal. While the Russians are in town, it would not be appropriate for the President to be cited in a state capture report. Perhaps it would be embarrassing for Zuma if Pravin Gordhan refuses to sign a deal that will sink South Africa.



State capture is a game of chance for Zuma
State capture is a game of chance for Zuma

In a surprise move today, President Jacob Zuma served a notice of intention to apply for an interdict. It is an interdict to stop the outgoing public protector Thuli Madonsela from releasing the interim report on state capture. The interdict to stop the report being released can only mean one thing, that the state is captured. The charges against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan once again confirm that the Zuma administration is devious and under immense pressure. The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation says it considers the charges against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan as nothing more than an attempt to remove him from his post.

Zuma has strategically placed his people in all the relevant departments and the crown jewel would be capturing SARS and Treasury. Well, I guess if he does get this right, we will certainly be in for a rough time. Let’s hope Gordhan uses all the resources he has to prevent the Zuma conquest becoming a reality. Let us hope that Gordhan remains honorable and does not bow down to corruption and bribery.

Besides the #FeesMustFall protests that seem to have no end. There are no leadership strategies in place to stop the spiraling criminal elements behind these protests. Julius Malema was summonsed today for two charges are in contravention of section 18 (2) (b) of the Riotous Assemblies Act. The summons alleges that on the December 16, during the party’s elective conference, Malema incited party members to commit a crime, by occupying any vacant land they came across. A second summons indicated that he has been charged a second time for a similar transgression for making the same call in Newcastle on the June 26.

It is public knowledge that Madonsela is investigating the Gupta family and its alleged attempts to appoint ministers in President Zuma’s cabinet. Earlier this year – in a press statement, Jonas openly admitted that the Gupta family offered him the position of Minister of Finance, a few weeks before Minister Nene was removed. Jonas rejected the offer and believed that it makes a mockery of the democracy. President Jacob Zuma is the person responsible for appointing ministers. It is constitutionally unethical to allow the Gupta family to make a decision about whom to appoint. This is especially true in the Ministry of Finance where corruption and apparent state capture is particularly vulnerable.

It is an aggressive, threatening move, yet the ANC respects the decision of President Zuma. The ANC will always rally behind Zuma, even if the decisions are detrimental to the stability of South Africa. It is an aggressive abuse of power by Zuma, who is sending a negative message to the people of South Africa and the international community.

Perhaps what Julius Malema the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) said sums up the entire saga? “Expecting the ANC to act against Gupta is like expecting a pig to eat a pudding”.

Published on  South Africa Today – South Africa News

Violence at Vaal University of Technology in PHOTOS



Student protesters at Vaal University of Technology set mattresses and bins alight today. - image - Groundup
In photos: Violence at Vaal University of Technology. Deputy vice-chancellor says institution will stay open and only shut down as a last resort.

There were clashes between police and student protesters at the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) in Vanderbijlpark today.

Last night a makeshift storage room, once an office, in the residence administration building was torched. Dr Segopane Seroka the acting deputy vice chancellor indicated that they are still assessing the extent of the damage.



The storage and maintenance shed was burnt down last night. - Image - Groundup
The storage and maintenance shed was burnt down last night. – Image – Groundup
On Tuesday a group of students who were disciplined for a protest in May of this year received their letters of suspension. Seroka indicated that these students have mobilised support and are leading this protest. He said that the seven expelled student leaders could still appeal. He said the university remains officially opened and will only shut down as a last resort.


“We are having a heavy police presence and have beefed up our private security,” he said.
Students continued their protest by blocking the roads surrounding the campus. They intended to march to the main campus from the residence next door.

Police met them in the road and gave them ten minutes to disperse. Students ignored the warning and began to make their way to the main campus entrance. Police launched stun grenades and rubber bullets as students fled back into the residence. Students and police were then engaged in running battles with the police intent on keeping protesting students inside the property of the residence. Students attempted to launch attacks by using mattresses as shields and a fire hydrant to douse the teargas which was aimed at them by police.

“We are in support of the national call for free and quality education,” said Mosoane Kgaogelo the deputy chair of the EFF Student command. “Management has paralysed our SRC by expelling our members. They are refusing to engage us on important matters and so the protest continues.”
Expelled SRC president Troy Mathebula said the students want to “sit down” with management. He said that the students have asked for a neutral person to mediate between them, because there is a “deadlock” at the moment, contributed to by the fact that the student leaders were expelled.


Police inform a protest leader that they cannot enter the VUT campus. - Image - Groundup
Police inform a protest leader that they cannot enter the VUT campus. – Image – Groundup



A police officer gets ready to fire a teargas cannister. - Image -  Groundup
A police officer gets ready to fire a teargas cannister. – Image – Groundup



A protester uses a rock to block a road. - Image - Groundup
A protester uses a rock to block a road. – Image – Groundup



A protester uses a "katty" to launch stones at the police while a colleague shields him with a bin. - Image - Groundup
A protester uses a “katty” to launch stones at the police while a colleague shields him
 with a bin. – Image – Groundup


Students threw rocks at the police and protected themselves with a mattress. - Image -  Groundup

Students threw rocks at the police and protected themselves with a mattress.
 – Image – Groundup



Protesters flee as police open fire with rubber bullets. - Image -  Groundup
Protesters flee as police open fire with rubber bullets. – Image – Groundup



Students used a water hydrant to douse the teargas. - Image -  Groundup
Students used a water hydrant to douse the teargas. – Image – Groundup



Protesters set mattresses and bins alight.  - Image - Groundup
Protesters set mattresses and bins alight. – Image – Groundup



Students fled through the streets and a canal near the university. - Image -  Groundup
Students fled through the streets and a canal near the university. – Image – Groundup

The situation had calmed down at the time of publication.
By Ihsaan Haffejee
Published on South Africa Today – South Africa News
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