SA-WIDE DAILY TIMELINE October 02, 2018 (12h00)

LIMPOPO October 02, 2018

– Updating: No reports

GAUTENG October 02, 2018

JOHANNESBURG (06h00) Public violence reported in Lindelani Village between Springs and the N12.

PRETORIA (07h30) Unrest reported on Rose-Etta St in Pretoria West.

PRETORIA (08h00) Demonstration likely today at the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court. The man accused of raping a seven-year-old girl at a Dros restaurant in Pretoria is expected to appear in court.

PRETORIA (08h00) Reports being received indicate protest by the World Federation of Trade Unions will commence on Wednesday 03 October, 2018 at the Civitas Building in Pretoria Central. They demand workplace safety, free healthcare and social security.

JOHANNESBURG (08h00) Reports being received indicate that the ANC, SANCO, SACP and COSATU will protest in Johannesburg on Friday 05 October, 2018 for services.They will

BENONI (09h00) Public violence reported on Kingsway/Paul Kruger Rd.

MPUMALANGA October 02, 2018

LERORO (07h00) Unrest probable. Community are dissatisfied with service delivery.

MALELANE (05h30) Public violence reported on the N4 in Hectorspruit.

WITBANK (07h00) Unrest reported on the Ogies road – R555 affected.

FREE STATE October 02, 2018

– Updating: No reports

NORTH WEST October 02, 2018

– Updating: No reports

KWAZULU-NATAL October 02, 2018

DURBAN (09h00) Unrest reported at DUT – Steve Biko Rd affected.

EASTERN CAPE October 02, 2018

QUMBU (09h00) Unrest reported on the N2.

WESTERN CAPE October 02, 2018

MOSSEL BAY (06h00) Public violence reported near the Dana Bay offramp – N2 affected.

NORTHERN CAPE October 02, 2018

POSTMASBURG (09h00) Public violence reported in town.


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7:30 #JHBTraffic In Benoni there’s protest action on Kingsway/Paul Kruger Road between Main Reef Road and the Modderbee Prison – avoid the area


Situation is quite tense in #westbury as police and residents clash @SowetanLIVE

Rubber bullets fired to disperse Westbury protesters

Monday, 1 October 2018 10:00 A number of people were injured after police used rubber bullets to dispel protesters in Westbury, Johannesburg. Residents resumed protest action against drug and gang violence this morning. They started talking on Friday after a woman died after she landed in a cross fire. Her ten-year-old daughter was injured in the incident. The protesters say the police used rubber bullets on them while keeping a peaceful march past the Sophiatown police station. The police said they had chased the protesters apart to keep them from busy highways and to prevent their vehicles from being damaged. The busy Ontdekkersweg was earlier closed for traffic and the situation was tense.

12:20 #WestburyProtest : Protestors start throwing rocks at the police van

12:18 UPDATE: Police fire rubber bullets in Sophiatown

Residents of Westbury regroup to resume their protest ahead of Police Minister Bheki Cele’s visit to their area today. #sabcnews

Johannesburg – Westbury in Johannesburg is in turmoil as protesters take their anger over what they say is poor policing, crime and gangsterism to the streets. One Rea Vaya station was torched overnight and roads were blockaded, wreaking havoc with traffic in and around the suburb. The latest protest comes after a woman was killed by a stray bullet on Thursday, that is believed to be from an exchange of gunfire in a violent gang turf war in the area. Her 10-year-old daughter was also wounded in the shooting. On Monday, the community of Westbury in Johannesburg called on the provincial government to investigate the alleged complicity of police with those responsible for the ongoing violence in the area. DA Gauteng Premier candidate Solly Msimanga also slammed police. “It is clear that SAPS is not doing enough to curb crime in the area and that the residents of Westbury have lost faith in the police as the ANC is failing in its mandate to keep residents safe,” Msimanga said. Police Minister Bheki Cele expected to address the community on Tuesday.:crossed_swords:

Tuesday, 2 October 2018 15:00 During his visit to Westbury in Johannesburg, the Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, announced measures to address the problems of protesters in the area. Cele said an investigation would be conducted into allegations that local police collaborate with drug traffickers and involved in corrupt operations. He said the results would be announced in a week. The minister also said the police’s Tactical Response Unit will be deployed in Westbury from today to patrol the streets and help fight crime. Cele addressed a meeting invested by the community ….
 JHB – Main Reef Road (Update): #ProtestAction

Police Minister Bheki Cele has told Westbury residents that a specialised unit will be deployed to the area to fight crime. Cele has visited Westbury following overnight protests in which a Rea Vaya bus station was destroyed. Protests started on Friday after a woman was shot dead and her niece wounded in an apparent gang shooting. The community has continued its call for the restructuring of the Sophiatown police station, accusing officers of colluding with criminals. Community members have called on police to introduce stricter laws in Westbury to ensure drug-related crimes are stamped out. They say police corruption allows drug dealers to work freely in the area, meaning children often end up addicted to narcotics.:crossed_swords:

Westbury is currently calm but residents aren’t happy with promises made by the police.

Angry members of the Westbury community in Gauteng have threatened to burn down the Sophiatown police station following a speech at a local stadium by police minister Bheki Cele. On Monday The Citizen reported that a Rea Vaya bus station was torched and destroyed during protests. Westbury residents cheered Cele on as he listed the allegations he had taken to account against the police at the Sophiatown police station. The stadium was packed with hundreds of residents from Westbury and surrounding communities who came to hear Cele address the community. Cele made several promises on the government’s planned intervention into the gang-violence-ridden area including deploying more officers to deal with the drug dealing pandemic in Westbury. Residents had been accusing police of being in cahoots with drug dealers in the area. Cele promised an investigation which was currently underway would be reported on within a week. Westbury residents took to the podium to voice some of the community’s long-standing sociopolitical issues which they said had been ignored by the government. A female community leader spoke out against Patriotic Alliance leader Gayton McKenzie for apparently ‘selling out’ the coloured community. READ MORE: Cele to address Westbury amid claims that ANC ‘doesn’t care about coloured people’ Traditional leaders cheered on as the woman pointed out that the coloured people in South Africa were indigenous to the country yet they were the most downtrodden. She warned that voters in the area would no longer vote with their hearts but with their heads. ‘ If you want our vote, serve us,’ she said.
‘Allow me to stay away from politics let’s deal with the letters you have sent.’ Cele said in response. Speakers from the community repeatedly called for the release the five arrested protesters who remained in police custody. Residents were angered when Cele began explaining why they could not be released. The Citizen has received unconfirmed reports that the protests are set to spread to coloured communities across the rest of South Africa on Wednesday.:crossed_swords:


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