Pretoria News:- ‘Protesters’ ransack, loot west NG church and a Police station

This was done by the same protesters who barricaded roads with rocks and burning tyres.

An NG church in Booysens, west of Pretoria, was ransacked and looted by angry protesters on Thursday morning.

The protesters barricaded roads with rocks and burning tyres in the early hours of Thursday which left residents stranded and unable to get to work.

Hercules CPF member Ricky Louw confirmed that hundreds of protesters were causing mayhem in Daspoort, Hercules and Booysens.

“The NG Church on the corner of Attie and Hjalmer streets was broken into this morning. Windows were shattered and a number of items were allegedly stolen,” she said.

At the time of going to print Hercules police spokesperson, Captain Bonginkosi Msimango said he was not aware of the reported break-in.

He said, however, that seven protesters from Gomorrah informal settlement were arrested for malicious damage to property.

“The suspects damaged the He
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Squatters erected illegal informal settlement on Stellenbosch wine farm – Illegal Land grab shows people who are desperate for the land are not prepared to wait

As the ANC promises to move forward with its plans to rework land expropriation without compensation into the Constitution, the party’s supporters are tired of waiting, and are taking things into their own hands.

A new exposé by the New York Times has highlighted how farm land in Stellenbosch has been occupied by squatters who are tired of waiting around for the national government to deliver on its land promises.

Between March and August 2018, land belonging to a wine farm owner near Kayamandi, was occupied by the squatters and a new informal settlement was erected.

According to the paper, while the courts have ordered that the squatters vacate the land, the informal settlement remains. Those who led the charge to occupy the land said it was done out of desperation and frustration with the slow rate of land reform.

The municipality is negotiating to purchase the land from the owner, Stefan Smit, and has reportedly already moved to sup
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Cleaning project at Nelson Mandela Bay worth more than R5.8 million struggles to kick off, one can only imagine where taxpayers money disappear to if it is not being used for the original purpose, certainly into some very fortune politicians ‘wallet ?

The Nelson Mandela Bay’s informal settlement were earmarked to undergo a “cleaning” project on November 1, 2018.

The so-called “clean & green” project would have created 200 temporary jobs. Initially, head of public health, Yolisa Pali disrupted the project as she was not familiar with the task. So the plan was postponed to December 1 and yet again it couldn’t start due to a shortage of workers and the attention was shifted to clean up beaches.

Questions are asked about the hundreds of unemployed people in the area and of course why the neighborhoods are so dirty and where are the funds currently?

Read the original article in Afrikaans on Die Vryburger
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St Francis Bay fire: Mayor blames “informal settlers” for causing the blaze

Horatio Hendricks has revealed what he believes the cause of the St Francis Bay fire to be, pinning the blame on a nearby informal settlement.

A raging fire tore through the coastal resort of St Francis Bay on Tuesday, as up to 20 homes were gutted by the blaze. Evacuations were carried out quickly and there has been no loss of life to report.

The fire has now been contained by the local fire department, who are also being assisted by resources from the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality. St Francis Bay is over 100km from the region, just south of Jeffrey’s Bay.

The teams attempting to tackle the inferno came up against strong winds and warm temperatures late into Tuesday, but the situation has since stabilised. Attention has now turned to establishing how exactly this situation developed.

St Francis Bay fire cause determined
St Francis Bay Mayor Horatio Hendricks spoke to eNCA about the cause of the fire. He believes that residents
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